The Board of Directors is the leading body of the Climanosco Association after the General Assembly. It operates under the Association’s Statutes and is composed of members with various backgrounds with an intended parity between members who are experienced climate scientists and members with expertise outside the field of climate science.
Climanosco‘s Board of Directors is currently composed of 10 members and we are very proud to present them below.
I am an atmospheric dynamicist currently working as a modeller of weather and climate risks for the re/insurance industry. I have a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from McGill University and several years of postdoctoral experience in atmospheric and climate dynamics in North America and in Europe. My academic research aimed at exploring fundamental questions about the atmosphere. For example: what controls the strength of storms; or what determines the vertical structure of the atmosphere? I also investigated novel approaches to computing climate statistics directly, rather than through aggregation of "simulated weather", as is currently done in climate research. Exploring these questions involved both numerical modelling and theory. My current position as a risk modeller is making me familiar with observational climate science without losing grip on climate modeling.
I am passionate about knowledge. As a researcher and modeller, an important component of my job is to make knowledge relevant and useful to stakeholders and to the general public. And I think this is also one of the missions of Climanosco. I see Climanosco as a bridge between scientists and non-scientists. This is a formidable asset to make it a successful endeavour because the pursuit of knowledge is, in essence, a public service. Climanosco is a direct channel where scientists educate non-scientists to climate science and to scientific thinking. And through this channel, scientists also learn from non-scientists: what are their needs; What matters for them? I am happy to see that many early career scientists are already involved in Climanosco. Popularizing science contributes to becoming a better scientist because explaining elaborate concepts from the basics reveals what is not truly understood and forces to deepen one's and everyone's knowledge.
My name is Cassandra Bolduc and I am from Canada. I work as a Physical Scientist at the Meteorological Services of Canada, which is part of Environment and Climate Change Canada. My background is in solar physics and atmospheric chemistry, and I have recently made the transition to meteorology; more precisely, I am now working on data assimilation. My job is to integrate observational data into computer models in order to produce weather forecasts, while taking into account the uncertainty on the measurements as well as initial guests obtained by model runs. I love using advanced mathematics, coding programs and manipulating satellite data; but the best part of my job is knowing that my work has a positive impact for the public.
Sharing my passion for the physical sciences has always been important throughout my studies and career. I realized that people are genuinely interested in celestial and meteorological phenomena, but that the information they need to understand them is often presented in a way that is either too technical, oversimplified, or plainly inaccurate. I believe Climanosco is a wonderful solution to connect scientists and the public and to make science accessible for everyone.
I see Climanosco as the future reference for anyone looking for answers that are clear while being backed up by scientists. The different point of views would be reflected, so that the general public knows how science works and how theories and hypothesis are verified. This would show that discussions are part of the scientific method and that our knowledge is always evolving. I imagine nuanced affirmations and thorough explanations, far from the catchy but often inaccurate headlines we are used to. My goal is also that the public gets a better understanding of how complex the atmosphere and the climate are, so they know how difficult it is to predict their future, but also to get them interested to know more about them. I hope to help the public develop a sense of responsibility by knowing how our lifestyle can affect climate change, and that this journal becomes a reference and a source of information for our policy makers.
I am a physicist with 15 years experience in scientific research on atmospheric processes. During this time, I worked as a research fellow in Switzerland and the UK, and as a professor at McGill University in Canada. Through my scientific career, I have been struck by the lack of connection between the scientific world and the world in which most people live. This lack of connection has so far left most people around the world short of knowledge on climate processes, despite their increasing impacts and our increasing scientific knowledge. Since my return in Zurich (Switzerland) late 2012, I have been increasingly using my time to work on ideas that can help improve this connection.
As founder of Climanosco, my goal is to make our scientific knowledge on climate processes accessible to everyone in a non-scientific language. As is true for most scientific disciplines with intensive research activities, this knowledge is nothing static. It is developing in a highly dynamical manner at different research institutes and universities around the world, through small and big steps. Its hypotheses and results are always again revisited, re-explored and re-evaluated by climate scientists. This process of knowledge development is hard to cast into a classical journalistic framework without losing much if its substance. I believe that only the climate scientists who work every day on developing this knowledge can communicate this knowledge in a faithful manner. For this to happen, we need to develop a community which works together at shifting the old paradigm. Several initiatives are currently emerging here and there in this direction. Climanosco is one of them, unique of its kind, tackling this challenge one step at a time.
I am an astrophysicist by training, a solar physicist by practice, and currently hold a Faculty position in the Physics Department at the University of Montreal, Canada. For now over 25 years I have carried out research on the physical mechanisms driving solar magnetic activity. More recently I have become interested in modeling the variations of the solar radiative output across changing levels of magnetic activity levels, and quantifying the impacts such variations may have on the Earth’s upper atmosphere. My interest in climate change stems naturally from these research interests, but also from deeply held concerns regarding the future well-being of my children, and their children’s children’s children.
The debate regarding the importance of human impact on climate may be deemed closed by the vast majority of climate scientists, but policy makers as well as the general public continue to be exposed to a flow of confusing, contradictory claims, more often than not driven by agendas that are primarily political. Of particular importance, in my opinion, is to explain why it is still not yet possible to quantify the impact of solar activity on climate in a physically sound manner. In science there is nothing wrong with saying “We don’t know”, but it is our duty to explain WHY we don’t know. Climanosco appears to me an excellent vehicle towards achieving that goal.
I am an academic in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, UK. In my research, I use computer models to study the evolution of the climate over all sorts of different time periods of Earth history. From the rapid warming associated with the Permo-Triassic mass extinction (250 million years ago) to the Pliocene (3 million years ago), the last period of Earth history with greenhouse gases similar to today, through to the climate of the Holocene, the current geological epoch. I not only investigate the mechanisms of palaeoclimate change, but also the impacts of these changes on the various components of the Earth system. These include the oceans, the cryosphere, the biosphere and also the impact on human societies and civilizations.
My vision for Climanosco is that it would be a key tool in the communication between climate scientists and the general public. That it would enable scientists to communicate their research simply, to a general audience, without the need for tabloid journalism. That the public would have a reliable, peer-reviewed source of cutting-edge climate science, which is written without the complex language of most scientific journals and accessible to all. That those who have genuine questions about climate issues and the state of current climate science would have a trusted source of information and a forum for raising their questions. That teachers could use the latest results from climate scientists around the world within the classroom, safe in the knowledge that they are using a recognised and reliable source. I hope that Climanosco will become more than a scientific communication journal and find ways to incorporate creative projects, provide the spark for citizen science and engage a whole new community with climate science.
I come and live in Switzerland. I have a PhD from the Delft University of Technology. There I worked on visual risk communication. This means that I was trying to find the best solutions to communicate natural hazards such as floods and landslides to the population using visualization! Maybe this description is a bit technical. To be simple to goal is to help people to know how to react if such disasters occurs. I hope I contributed at least a little bit to make people safer! Now I work as a Natural Hazard Prevention Officer for the Public Building Insurance of the Vaud County in Switzerland where I can apply the skills and knowledge I gained during my education. I chose this path because it requires to be in contact with people, getting to know and understand them. And I also like to do that in my free time: my favorite activities are traveling the world and meet new people, read novels that will take me places where I cannot go physically, keep me informed on what’s going on in the world and see as much as art as possible to access emotions that cannot be transmitted only with worlds!
Climanosco is a very important initiative because it aims a bridging several gaps. The most important to me is to make climate sciences accessible to the public. While talking to my entourage, during my PhD field work, or in my current position, I have realized that first climate change is not understood properly and that people do not understand why scientists do not provide unequivocal answers to their questions. Therefore I imagine Climanosco as a platform that would provide understandable scientific works for the public and would answer questions of the public. I also imagine it as beneficial for the scientists by providing a high quality peer reviewed process of their work as well as promoting participation to public outreach.
Prof. Mark Lawrence is a scientific director at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. His work connects science, policy and other societal sectors to co-develop solutions for the grand challenges of the Anthropocene, with a main focus on the closely-related issues of air pollution and climate change, including assessing the potentials and risks of climate geoengineering. His aim is to inspire the implementation of sustainable solutions, including developing an understanding of how such transformations can possibly be fostered by greater mindfulness, especially of our individual and collective mindsets.
Prof. Lawrence received his Ph.D. in 1996 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. From 2000 until 2011 he was a research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz. He served as interim professor for meteorology at the University of Mainz during 2009-2010, and moved to the IASS in 2011. In 2014 he was appointed as an Honorary Professor at the University of Potsdam.
Prof. Lawrence is author or co-author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications. He has led various international projects, has served on the editorial and advisory boards of various journals, and is on several international committees, including having been co-chair of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry program (IGAC) from 2015-2018.
I am trained as a physicist and as an Earth and atmospheric scientist (and hold a professorship in geoecology), but now have the privilege of being a scientific director at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. My work there connects science, policy and other societal sectors to co-develop solutions for the grand challenges of the Anthropocene, with a main focus on the closely-related issues of air pollution and climate change, including assessing the potentials and risks of climate geoengineering. In this setting, what especially drives me is the ambitious goal to inspire the implementation of sustainable solutions, including developing an understanding of how such transformations can possibly be fostered by greater mindfulness, especially of our individual and collective mindsets.
Inspiration requires communication (often even going beyond verbal and written). I have long been interested in science communication, in many different formats, such as how to effectively communicate scientific results among interdisciplinary and early career scientific audiences, and how to reach broader non-scientist audiences. Climanosco offers a bold new concept and format for science communication, combining the best of scientific robustness with an extreme degree of accessibility for non-scientist audiences. I am very pleased to be supporting its efforts in various ways, for example by helping to strengthen its connection to the community that is developing transdisciplinary and co-creative research methods, for whom Climanosco – and perhaps other journals following this model for other topics (e.g., digitalization) – could be a valuable venue for publication.
Angélica is a trained Environmentalist with additional education in International Development Cooperation. She has collected hands-on experience in International Cooperation and Climate Change Adaptation in multicultural Environments at community, country and regional levels. Having lived in Nicaragua, Russia, Switzerland and Cuba has allowed her to develop important intercultural sensitiveness and strengthen her language skills. Nowadays she is working as a Tourist Guide in Switzerland.
Angélica sees Climanosco as a Global Platform of dialog and solution – oriented discussion between Scientists, who bring knowledge from their Research, and non-Scientists, who bring concrete questions about the Dilemma of how can individuals be environmentally responsible being immerse in the modern Society and when recycling, paying for carbon miles every time you flight and using A+++ home appliances certainly is not enough. This platform should be a contribution to find balance between our way of living and the Climate.
I am an environmental and sustainability expert by education and hold a PhD in Climate sciences from University of Bern, Switzerland. Determined to contribute to minimizing the anthropogenic impact on our beautiful Planet and looking for answers how to do this, I took part in leading global innovation workshops and programs, and ended founding a startup for circular solution for promotional materials and a non-profit organization that is promoting circular economy in the Bulgarian concept. I am currently on a mission to assist companies get involved in a circular economic future through innovation, collaboration and project-based work.
Working outside of the scientific communities, I am confronted by the misunderstanding that climate change is a greater problem, in which solution we as individuals are not involved. I would like to see Climanosco changing the narrative for climate issues and being able to transfer the academical knowledge to the society and empower people to change their everyday habits and contribute to the climate mitigation.
I specialize in the field of climate model analysis, specializing in uncertainty of simulated extremes by regional climate models. I presently work at Ouranos in Montréal, a research consortium that focuses on two main themes: Climate Science and Vulnerabilities, Impacts and Adaptation to climate change. My present research focus is on the integration of artificial intelligence into climate sciences.
Climanosco strives to become the main source of information for the main questions asked by the general public, journalist, politician and early career scientist. To do so, Climanosco will provide factual resources about the main climate themes (“What is Climate Change?” “How Climate Change will affect my life?” “What are the adaptation needed?” “What adaptation technique have been used elsewhere?”), as well as the impacts of climate change on the local population or stakeholders. My vision for Climanosco is a place where we can get rigourous information about climate science and some useful adaptation ideas at the same place.