Union Frontiers of Geophysics Lecture - Professor Sir Bob Watson, CMG, FRS, Chief Scientific Adviser to Defra

Portrait of Bob Watson - Defra
Moscone North - Hall E

Professor Watson’s career has evolved from research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory: California Institute of Technology, to a US Federal Government programs manager/director at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), to a scientific/policy advisor in the US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), to a scientific advisor, manager and chief scientist at the World Bank, to a Chair of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, to the Director for Strategic Direction for the Tyndall Centre, and finally to the Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In parallel to his formal positions he has chaired, co-chaired or directed international scientific, technical and economic assessments of stratospheric ozone depletion, biodiversity/ecosystems (the GBA and MA), climate change (IPCC) and agricultural S&T (IAASTD). Professor Watson’s areas of expertise include managing and coordinating national and international environmental programs, research programs and assessments; establishing science and environmental policies – specifically advising governments and civil society on the policy implications of scientific information and policy options for action; and communicating scientific, technical and economic information to policymakers.

  1. Mizan K says:

    Really enjoyed the talk; he sounded very convincing. Hope he will invest more of his energy to convincing politicians of major emitting countries.

  2. Vladimir Krupchatnikov says:

    Excellent lecture and overview about atmospheric science for policymakers.

  3. Robert Nagle says:

    Excellent presentation and good overview of the intersection between policy and science. I also would like to have access to these slides.

  4. Carl Zichella says:

    The old saw about nuclear power. So sad. The extraordinary costs, time delays and safety issues all ensure that nyuclear power will not play a major role in solving the climate crisis. Continuing to focus on it is a waste of time and a dfangerous distraction.

  5. Kirtland G says:

    Mr Watson does not consider energenic solar particles modulated by the Moon which have been shown to have significant climate effects and have allowed certain knowledgable scientists to identify the beginning and end of the 2010 Russian heat wave for example, to the day.. Will Alexander has documented the precipitation cycle in Africa based on the Sun. Without consideration of the magnetic activity of the Sun you have not considered it to the fullest. Irradiance is not the primary forcing of the Sun on our climate. Until the IPCC and climate activist scientists regognize this and stop the focus on CO2 exclusively, they will destroy the Earth’s economic engine that has brought us to our current level of prosperity. The upcoming solar minimum will likely lead to a drop in sea level, as it did in 2010, and quite possibly a reduction in the concentratin of CO2 as may have been previewed in 2010. With as much CO2 as has ever been produced in history emitted since 2000 and a stasis in temperature increase, it is time to get off the socio-political scape goat of carbon emissions which are tied to human productivity which is not evil. As we enter the upcoming cool period, we will need all the cheap energy we can find. Nothing should be left out. It’s the S U N not the S U V.

  6. Jane Long says:

    please see if Bob will make his slides available

  7. Bruce Jones says:

    One of the best presentations I’ve seen on the system of climate issues. A clear call to action.

  8. Robert Mitchel says:

    Excellent, provocative presentation. Is there a printed version of this talk coming out, since some of the slides were hard to see in the streaming version, and I found it a little difficult to understand everything. Also I would like others to see this data. Thank you.