The CLIMACAP project advisory board recently held its first meeting. The advisory board is composed of four internationally reknowned Latin American and European Climate and Modelling experts, that will provide guidance to the project. The members of the advisory board include:
Bert Metz brings extensive experience as former co-chairman of the Climate Change Mitigation Working Group of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 1997-2008 (IPCC received the Nobel Peace Prize for its work in 2007). He also was climate change coordinator of the Ministry of Environment of the Netherlands and chief negotiator for the Netherlands and the European Union on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, as well as head of the Global Sustainability and Climate Change Division of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. In addition, he taught at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria and served as Environmental Counsellor at the Netherlands Embassy in Washington DC. Currently he is also a member of a few scientific advisory boards of international institutes and projects. He holds a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands and received his PhD in Biotechnology at the same university. He has published a large number of IPCC books and scientific articles and in 2010 published a book "Controlling Climate Change" with Cambridge University Press. He also received the Environmental Economics Practioner Award from the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in 2009.
José Goldemberg (born in Santo Ângelo, May 27, 1928), a Brazilian physicist, university educator, scientific leader and research scientist, is a leading expert on energy end environment issues. Professor José Goldemberg earned his Ph.D. in Physical Science from the University of São Paulo where he served as rector and full professor from 1986-89. From 1983-86 he directed the Energy Company of the State of São Paulo. From 1990-92 he served the federal government in various capacities: as the Secretary of State for Science and Technology he modernized the information systems; as interim Secretary of the Environment he administered Brazil's participation in the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro; and as Minister of Education he prepared the proposal to Congress resulted in autonomy for federal universities. He has authored many technical papers and books on nuclear physics, environment, and energy and has served as president of the Brazilian Association for the Advancement of Science. José Goldemberg also served as Chairman of the Editorial Board (1998–2000) and a lead author of the UNDP World Energy Assessment.
Ambassador Raúl Estrada-Oyuela is a career diplomat who has been posted in Washington D.C., Vienna, Brasilia, and Santiago, and was the Argentine Ambassador to the People's Republic of China until December 1997. Mr. Estrada-Oyuela was a member of the National Commission on Global Change of the Argentine Republic, and has served in Buenos Aires, inter alia, as Deputy Director for South American Affairs, Deputy Director General for International Organizations, Director General of the Special Unit on Environment in the Foreign Ministry, Director General for Cultural Affairs, and currently serves as Ambassador at large for Environmental Negotiations. Devoting much of his time to international negotiations on environmental matters, Mr. Estrada-Oyuela has attended and chaired numerous international conventions and committee meetings on climate change and other environmental issues. He was elected Vice-Chairman of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Framework Convention on Climate Change (INC/FCCC), Chairman of the Committee of the Whole of First the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Chairman of the Ad Hoc Group on the Berlin Mandate (AGBM), created to negotiate a legally binding instrument on climate change today known as the Kyoto Protocol.
Terry Barker is a British economist and Director of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR) part of the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. He is also a member of the Tyndall Centre, the Chairman of Cambridge Econometrics (a company he co-founded in 1985), and chairman of the Cambridge Trust for New Thinking in Economics, which is a charitable organisation with a mission to promote new approaches to solving economic problems. After obtaining his degree in Edinburgh University, Barker worked as a research officer at the Department of Applied Economics, University of Cambridge, with Professor Sir Richard Stone, the Nobel Laureate in economics. The main research undertaken during this period was the Cambridge Growth Project, a project to develop computer software to construct a computational model of the British Economy. The project, initially directed by Richard Stone, whom Barker succeeded as director in 1983, coordinated a research team including economists such as Mervyn King, Angus Stewart Deaton and Jeremy Bray. In 1985 Barker co-founded Cambridge Econometrics.
Barker has overseen a continuation of the research into the application of computing to econometric modelling, in particular the theory and application of large-scale economy-energy-environment (E3) models. Using such E3 models, he has been able to apply empirical analysis to international trade theory and to policies for the mitigation of greenhouse gases. In the course of this research, he has also held various positions under the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, including Coordinating Lead Author (CLA), and he was one of the contributors named by the IPCC when it won (jointly with Al Gore) the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007. In 2009 he presented a speech to COP 15 – the UNFCCC Conference of Parties event in Copenhagen.