Dr. Taalas will give a presentation titled “Climate Change, Disasters and their Impact.”
The lecture will take place on Friday, April 5, 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Climate & Space Auditorium, room 2246 at the Climate and Space Research Building, 2455 Hayward St., Ann Arbor, MI.
Professor Taalas was elected in May 2015 as the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) with 192 Member States and Territories based in Geneva, Switzerland. It is the UN system’s authoritative voice on the state and behavior of the Earth’s atmosphere, its interaction with the land and oceans, the weather and climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources.
He holds a PhD in Meteorology (Helsinki University, Physics department 1993, Univ. of Eastern Finland: meteorology, physics, physical chemistry and international development). Before joining WMO he was the Director-General of the Finnish Meteorological Institute 2002-2005, 2007- 2015 (National weather, climate and marine Institute).
He has also held positions in International development and scientific fields, including as Director of Development and Regional Activities department of WMO, Geneva 2005-2007, Research professor on Remote Sensing/FMI 2000-2002 and Senior scientist/scientist at the FMI 1986-1999. He has been a lead author of Arctic Climate Impact Assessment until 2002 and a member of the Finnish Arctic board during 2009-2015. He is also a member of the International Gender Champions network.
About the Nelson W. Spencer Lecture:
Nelson W. Spencer became the director of the U-M Space Physics Research Laboratory in 1948 and remained its guiding force until 1960. During his tenure, SPRL established itself as a prominent leader in the exploration of the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Dr. Spencer believed in the importance of including science goals in all space flight missions, and was a pioneer in America’s space science program. Each year, a special guest speaker is invited to the Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering Department to present a lecture in Dr. Spencer’s honor.
Reception to follow.
The event is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP via this link: http://myumi.ch/65BvV
Please join us!