Dr. Ramanathan is a Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.
He currently chairs an international science team from Asia, Africa and Latin America under the Atmospheric Brown Clouds Program sponsored by the United Nations Environmental Programme.
San Diego Union-Tribune Biography
Ramanathan and Dasgupta helped the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences to bring social and natural scientists together for a meeting on sustainability at the Vatican. (Statement)
Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan has been conducting original research in Climate and Atmospheric Science since the 1970s. He discovered the super greenhouse effect of halo carbons (CFCs) in 1975 and used observations to quantify the large global warming effect of black carbon. He led international field campaigns, developed unmanned aircraft platforms for tracking brown cloud pollution worldwide (Dimming Movie), and educates and trains the next generation of scientists. Based in his research, he developed a new approach for mitigating climate change that involves mitigating emissions of four short lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) to drastically reduce near term warming and slowing down the retreat of the Himalayan glaciers. He is now implementing this new approach in the field. First is Project Surya, a cook-stove project which attempts to eliminate climate warming pollutants from traditional biomass cooking. Next, he is teaming up with California Air Resources Board and R. K Pachauri, Chairman of IPCC, and initiated ICAMP, a World Bank sponsored project to reduce soot emissions from the transportation sector in India. Governor Brown of California referred to this as a practical entry into climate mitigation.
(Photo courtesy of Dr. Tebaldo Vinciguerra)
Link: Daily Climate Article
(Photo courtesy of the Vatican)
His research has identified the Himalayas and the Indo Gangetic Plains Monsoon as two of the most vulnerable regions to climate change.
Short Lived Climate Pollutants Mitigation InitiativeJuly 2015
Ramanathan Joins Governor Jerry Brown of California to propose solutions for stabilizing Climate Change at the Vatican summit of World Mayors organized by Pope Francis in July 2015.
The complete YouTube video of July 21 by the Vatican Internet Office. Dr. Ramanathan's talk begins at minute 26.
Photos courtesy of the Pope's photographer here.
More photos taken by attendees at the Academy (these are free to use as long as they are credited to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences) July 21 and July 22 February 16, 2012
Clean AIr Coalition announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recognizes Ramanathan:
On February 16th, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants Initiative was annouced. See the announcement from the US State Department. More information on targeted Short Lived Climate Pollutants here. See coverage in the San Diego Union Tribune
November 28, 2010
Cookstoves InitiativeProject Surya: www.projectsurya.org
Transportation Sector Initiative
October 21, 2013