The Santa Fe Council on International Relations (SFCIR) is hosting a presentation by Dr. Donald Hinsman, a former World Meteorological Organization (WMO) director of the World Weather Watch, the Global Climate Observing System and the WMO Space Programme.
Dr. Hinsman’s presentation is 10 a.m. to noon Monday, May 6 at SFCIR, 413 Grant Ave, Suite D will cover the State of the Global Climate during 2017 and 2018 as described in the WMO’s Annual Statements on Global Climate.
The World Meteorological Organization is a member of the United Nations System and is its authoritative voice on the state and behavior of the Earth’s atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources. Additionally, the presentation will review recommendations made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in their recent Synthesis Report Summary for Policy Makers (2014) and a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.
The IPCC was created to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments on climate change, its implications and potential future risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation options. Finally, the presentation will describe the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its role towards developing a path to mitigate the impacts resulting from climate change.
Dr. Hinsman’s career in Meteorology spanned two decades in the United States Navy where he retired as Commanding Officer of the Naval Polar Oceanography Center and then two more decades at the WMO in Geneva, Switzerland. During his naval career, Captain Hinsman’s awards included the Legion of Merit, the highest non-combat medal awarded to U.S. Department of Defense personnel. In 2007, he was selected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. In October 2002, Dr Hinsman was awarded the Russian Federation’s prestigious “World’s First Cosmonaut Yuri A. Gagarin Gold Medal” by the all-Russian public organization Cosmonautics Federation of Russia (FKR) “for significant contribution to the development of the Global Satellite Observing System and consolidation of the international cooperation in the field of Satellite Meteorology”.
General Admission is $5. Space is limited, so preregistration is requested. For more information on registering for the lectures, go to the Council’s website at www.sfcir.org or telephone the office at (505).982.4931.