I am an atmospheric research scientist with particular interest in UV radiation, its variability, its environmental impacts, and its interactions with climate change. I have extensive experience with measuring and modelling spectral UV irradiance, and measuring trace gases (e.g., ozone) and clouds and aerosols that affect UV propagation through the atmosphere. I have published about 150 papers in the peer-reviewed literature, and have convened several conferences and workshops on UV radiation. I have also been lead author in several WMO and Assessments of Ozone Depletion, and UNEP Assessments of the Environmental Impacts and Interactions with Climate Change. Initially my research focus was on the effects of ozone change and other atmospheric parameters on UV radiation, especially in the New Zealand context. But more recently, it has moved to UV radiation and its effects- both positive and negative – on humans. I work closely with relevant health and environmental agencies both in New Zealand and Internationally. I have been closely involved with the development and calibration of the personal UV dosimeter badges and their use in clinical trials. In addition to my ongoing roles at NIWA and with UNEP, I am now a private UV Consultant to l’Oreal (Paris), and am currently involved in the development of educational UVI Apps. I am also an associate editor for the Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences (PPS) journal.
Martin Wild is active in the field of radiation and energy balance, working with both observations and climate models, as documented in 160 peer-reviewed publications and three IPCC reports. His major research interests are related to the role of radiation in the climate system, particularly in the energy and water cycles. Numerous of his publications focus on the representation of radiation and surface energy balance in climate models. He is also particularly interested in the temporal variation of the surface radiation and energy balance components. A major issue is thereby the observed decrease of surface solar radiation up to the 1980s (“global dimming”) and its partial recovery thereafter (“brightening”), and related implications for climate change, ecosystems and solar power generation. Martin Wild chairs the working group “Global Energy Balance” of the International Radiation Commission (IRC), and is Editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR) and Earth System Dynamics (ESD). He has been a lead author of the latest (5th) assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and in charge of the section on “changes in radiation”. He is also regularly convening related sessions at the annual European Geosciences Union (EGU) and American Geophysical Union (AGU) Assemblies, at the International Radiation Symposium (IRS) and the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG).
Lesley is an atmospheric dynamicist whose research interests focus on the impacts of natural variability on the atmosphere, especially those involving the modelling of climate processes in the stratosphere. After studying for her PhD at the Reading University Meteorology Department she worked at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory for nearly 20 years before returning to Reading as a Professor in 2002; she then moved to Oxford University in 2010 where she is Professor in Climate Science. Lesley’s research has most recently focussed on the impact of the 11-year solar cycle variability in UV radiation on the stratosphere and its impact at the surface. She led a widely cited review paper in 2010 on ‘Solar Influence on Climate’ and has used surface observations to help understand the often-conflicting evidence for solar cycle influence on weather and climate in the North Atlantic / European region. She has been involved in leadership of the SCOSTEP programme CAWSES (Climate and Weather of the Sun-Earth System) and is co-Chief Editor of the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society.
David J. Diner received the B.S. degree in physics with honors from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1973 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in planetary science from the California Institute of Technology in 1977 and 1978, respectively. He has been an employee of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 35 years, and is currently a Senior Research Scientist in the Earth Science Section. He has been involved in several NASA planetary and Earth remote-sensing investigations, and is Principal Investigator of the Terra Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) satellite experiment and the Ground-based and Airborne Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric Imagers (GroundMSPI/AirMSPI-1/AirMSPI-2). He is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, and is a recipient of both the NASA Outstanding Leadership and Exceptional Achievement medals.