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Geoff Love, Ph.D., international expert in climate change, joins IEDRO’s Board of Directors
Deale, Maryland – Ms. Janet Sansone, Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Environmental Data Rescue Organization (IEDRO), has announced the election of Dr. Geoff Love to IEDRO’s Board of Directors.
IEDRO’s mission is to locate, rescue (image), digitize, archive and share historic weather data across the globe to support applications in agriculture, infrastructure planning, disease vectorization and in the mitigation of climate change.
“Dr. Love’s experience will aid us tremendously as we work to fulfill our mission,” says Ms. Sansone. “He possesses global strategic management skills in climate services and understands the vital importance of rescuing historic weather records before they are lost forever.”
During his tenure at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Dr. Love advised governments at the ministerial level on weather and climate change issues. As Director of Weather and Disaster Risk Reduction Services, he managed six divisions: Disaster Risk Reduction; Aeronautical Meteorology; Marine Meteorology and Oceanography; Tropical Cyclone; Public Weather Services; and, Global Data Processing and Forecasting.
In 2010-11, Dr. Love was the WMO Secretariat’s manager of the High Level Taskforce for the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). He worked closely with the Taskforce’s co-chairs to establish a structure for their report “Climate Knowledge for Action: A Global Framework for Climate Services.” He played a significant part in drafting the report and assisted in the stakeholder liaison process. This report provided the basis for the intergovernmental agreement secured at the Extraordinary World Meteorological Congress in October 2012.
Dr. Love also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. In that role, he was responsible for strategic and tactical planning for the bureau. He advised the Minister for Environment on matters relating to weather (including disaster mitigation for all weather related disasters, tsunamis, and emergency response where meteorology plays a part), climate (including climate change), water resources (development of national water information system), oceanography (tidal forecasting, developing tsunami warning systems for the southwest Pacific and Indian Oceans, and operational ocean analysis and forecasting) and space weather. In addition, Dr. Love was instrumental in the formation of the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research which improved Australia’s capability in climate and weather modelling.
“Dr. Love has a unique global perspective on climate change that will help us to leverage IEDRO’s efforts internationally,” explains IEDRO Executive Director Richard Crouthamel, D. Sc. “Weather and climate know no national boundaries, therefore international effort is required to provide the information needed for computer analysis of global weather and climate. This analysis is critical to saving lives.”
IEDRO has initiated climate data rescue projects in Malawi, Kenya, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia, Bolivia, Chile, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Paraguay, and Uruguay. A U.S.-based, 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, IEDRO is staffed by volunteers and is endorsed by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth (ACRE) and other groups that areconcerned with the preservation and digitization of weather data.