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HOSKINS, Brian Sir

Director, Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial College London

Sir Brian Hoskins became the first Director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London in January 2008, and now shares his time between Imperial and Reading University, where he is Professor of Meteorology.

His degrees are in mathematics from the University of Cambridge and he spent post-doc years in the USA before moving to Reading, where he became a professor in his thirties and was a head of department for six years. For the 10 years up to September 2010 he held a Royal Society Research Professorship. His research is in weather and climate, in particular the understanding of atmospheric motion from frontal to planetary scales.

His international roles have included being vice-chair of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme, President of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences and involvement in the 2007 IPCC international climate change assessment. He has also had numerous UK roles, including playing a major part in the 2000 Report by The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution that first proposed a 60% target for UK carbon dioxide emission reduction by 2050, and is currently a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change. He is a member of the science academies of the UK, USA, China and Europe and has received a number of awards including the top prizes of the UK and US Meteorological Societies and honorary DScs from the Universities of Bristol and East Anglia. He was knighted in 2007 for his services to the environment.



14:30-16:30 17 NOVEMBER

Our Changing Planet

The challenge of understanding the natural variability of our environment and the changes caused by human activity is great. However its urgency is also great, given both the demands for food, water and energy for the justifiable aspirations of a growing world population and the related pressures on the natural world.  This talk will focus on the variability and change in climate. It will highlight the predictability problem on all time-scales. It will also discuss the scientific and technological challenges associated with responses to climate change due to enhanced greenhouse gases, adaptation, geo-engineering and mitigation.