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March 29th, 2004
Signs and Politics of Climate Change Implications for Poverty Alleviation and Development


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Dr. Robert Watson
Chief Scientist, Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development Network, The World Bank

Publications

Publications marked with a * are directly accessible only from a Columbia University computer. For outside access, please consult your institution's library or the publisher.

Crawford, Michael, Sara Farley, and Robert Watson. "Strategic Approaches to Science and Technology in Development." Working Paper 3026. World Bank, April 11, 2003, http://econ.worldbank.org/view.php?type=5&id=25709.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Climate Change 2001: Synthesis Report; Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Ed. Robert T. Watson. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Land Use, Land-Use Change, and Forestry: A Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Ed. Robert T. Watson, Ian R. Noble, Bert Bolin, N. H. Ravindranath, David J. Verardo, and David J. Dokken. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001, http://www.grida.no/climate/ipcc/land_use/index.htm.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The Regional Impacts of Climate Change: An Assessment of Vulnerability. Ed. Robert T. Watson, Marufu C. Zinyowera, and Richard H. Moss. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

World Bank. Meeting the Challenges of Population, Environment, and Resources: The Costs of Inaction. Environmentally Sustainable Development Proceedings Series, no. 14. Ed. Henry Way Kendall, Kenneth J. Arrow, Norman E. Borlaug, Paul R. Ehrlich, Joshua Lederberg, Jose I. Vargas, Robert T. Watson, and Edward O. Wilson. Washington, D.C.: World Bank, 1996.


Biographical Information

Current Positions

  • Chief Scientist and Senior Advisor for Environmentally & Socially Sustainable Development, World Bank
  • Co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
  • Co-chair of the international scientific assessment of stratospheric ozone

Previous Positions
  • Director, Environment Department, World Bank
  • Senior Advisor, Environment Department, World Bank
  • Associate Director for Environment, Office of Science and Technology Policy, White House, Washington, D.C.
  • Director and Chief Scientist, Science Division, Office of Mission to Planet Earth, NASA
Education
  • Ph.D., (Gas Phase Chemical Kinetics) — 1973 - QMC, London University, London, England
  • B.Sc. 1st class (chemistry) — 1969 - QMC, London University, London, England

Awards (include)

2003 - Honorary "Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George"

2003 - Honorary Doctor of Science, University of East Anglia, England

2003 - Honorary Doctor of Science, UMIST, England

2003 - Global Green Award for International Environmental Leadership — U.S. chapter of the Green Cross International formed by Mikhail Gorbachev

2000 - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Climate Protection Award

1995 - UNEP Award for Protection of the Ozone Layer

1994 - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Award for scientific understanding of the ozone layer

1993 - Climate Institute Scientific Achievement Award for Coordinating Scientific assessments

1993 - American Association for the Advancement of Science Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility

1993 - American Meteorological Society Special Award "for notable efforts in organizing and conducting international assessments in ozone depletion and global change"

1992 - National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Reviewing

1991 - American Geophysical Union's Edward A. Flinn, III Award established to recognize individuals who personify the American Geophysical Union's motto of unselfish cooperation in research through their facilitating coordination and implementing activities (first recipient)

1989 - Designated member of UNEP's "The Global 500: The Roll of Honor for Environmental Achievement"

1989 - NASA Distinguished Service Medal

1983 - NASA Exceptional Service Medal

Previous Experiences (include)

  • Co-chair of the Board of Directors of the International Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: 2000–present
  • Co-chair of the International Scientific Assessment of Stratospheric Ozone: 1980–present
  • Co-chair of the Convention on Biodiversity Roster of Experts on Climate Change and Biodiversity: 2002 — 2003
  • Member of the jury for the Zayed Prize for the Environment: 2001–present
  • Chair of the International Council of Scientific Unions CSPR Assessment Panel on Environment in Relation to Sustainable Development: 2002-2003
  • Member of the International Council of Scientific Unions Advisory Committee on the Environment: 1998–present
  • Chairman, UNEP/WMO Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change September 1997–April 2002
  • Chair of the International Steering Committee for the UNEP project: Assessment of Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change: 2001–2002
  • Member of the IPCC Bureau: 1993 to April 2002
  • Convening lead author of IPCC Technical paper on Climate Change and Biodiversity: April 2001–April 2002
  • Chair of an International Panel on the Scientific and Policy Inter-linkages Among Global Environmental Issues — 1996 to 1998
  • Co-chair: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation, and Mitigation) - 1993–September 1997
  • Co-chair: International WMO/UNEP Scientific Assessments of the Current Knowledge of the Processes Controlling the Abundance and Distribution of Atmospheric Ozone, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994, and 1998
  • Chair: UNEP/WMO Synthesis Panel for international Ozone Assessment (Science, Impacts, Technology, and Economics), 1989, 1991, 1994
  • Chair: UNEP Global Biodiversity Assessment—1993 to 1995
  • Chair of the Science and Technical Advisory Panel to the Global Environmental Facility (World Bank, United Nations Development Program, and United Nations Environment Programme) 1991—November 1993
  • Chair: UNEP/WMO Synthesis Panel for Methyl Bromide (Science, Technology, and Economics)—1992
  • Chaired Chapter on Greenhouse Gases for the IPCC Scientific Assessment for Working Group I (1990 and 1992). Member of Steering Group for IPCC WG #1, 1990 and 1992.
  • Technical Advisor for the U.S. Government for both bilateral and multilateral negotiations of the Vienna Ozone Convention and the Montreal (CFC) Protocol
  • Technical Advisor for the U.S. Government on Climate Change and member of the U.S. delegation to the International Negotiation Committee on Climate Change
  • Testified many times before U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives Committees and Sub-Committees on Ozone, Global Warming, and other Global Change Research issues