UKCR Champion Suraje Dessai appointed to European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change

Suraje Dessai, co-Champion for the UK Climate Resilience Programme, has been designated as a member of the new European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change.

The appointment, announced today, sees Professor Dessai of the University of Leeds’ Priestley International Centre for Climate joining a panel of 15 independent senior scientific experts covering a broad range of disciplines.

The Advisory Board will provide the European Union with scientific knowledge, expertise and advice relating to climate change. The Board’s work will underpin the EU’s climate action and efforts to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

Suraje Dessai is Professor of Climate Change Adaptation at the University of Leeds. His interdisciplinary research lays at the interface between climate science and decision science, particularly on decision making under deep uncertainty, perception of climate risks and the science-policy interface in climate change impacts, adaptation and services.

Suraje Dessai was Lead Author for the Working Group I contribution to the IPCC AR6 (chapter on Climate change information for regional impact and for risk assessment), as well as Lead Author for the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC AR5 (chapter on Foundations for decision making). In 2021, he was ranked 120 in the Reuters list of the world’s top climate scientists. He has advised the United Kingdom and Portuguese governments and the OECD.

For the UK Climate Resilience Programme, Suraje shares the position of ‘Champion’ with Dr Kate Lonsdale.

Suraje Dessai said: “It’s an absolute honour to join the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change. Scientific advice is critical to inform climate action in the European Union. I’m looking forward to helping the EU accelerate climate adaptation action to create a climate-resilient Europe.”

Find out more about the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change.

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