Today we present you the first of a number of interviews that we want to offer you with regard to the Workshop global and regional sea level variability and change. We’ve thought it will be nice and useful for all our attendants, and also for the general public, stakeholders and sponsors, to get closer to the wide and high quality panel of speakers and key note speakers participating at this workshop.
In this first interview we introduce Dr. John Church and his most recent research activities. Dr. Church recently visited our research institute (Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies, IMEDEA CSIC-UIB) for offering an open seminar about sea level and climate change. We took advantage to this opportunity to talk to him about his scientific background. Dr John Church’s record in sea-level rise research, with CSIRO colleagues, the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, and international climate science agencies, has helped to generate a new benchmark in understanding the science and issues of sea-level rise.
Dr Church is coordinating lead author of the Sea Level Change chapter of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report. As the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, Michel Jarraud, highlights in his foreword: ‘The findings in this book will help to set priorities for research and for observational activities over the next decade that will contribute to future assessments of the IPCC. In turn, improvements in these assessments will better inform governments, industry and society in their efforts to formulate sound mitigation an adaptation responses to rising greenhouse gas concentrations and sea level, and their economic and social consequences.’
We are so thankful to Dr. John Church for his cooperation and kindness with this initiative. We hope all of you like it and you feel encouraged to collaborate with us to bring our scientific work closer to our colleagues and the general public as well.