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Keith Alverson
Keith Alverson
Keith Alverson is the Head of the Climate Change Adaptation and Terrestrial Ecosystems Branch of the Division on Environmental Policy Implementation at the UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya. In this role he coordinates, inter alia, UNEP’s Ecosystems Based Adaptation Climate Change program of work and the Global Climate Change Adaptation Network. From 2004-2011, Keith served as Head of Ocean Observations and Services at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and director of the Global Ocean Observing System, based in Paris, France. Prior to 2004, he was director of the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme’s core project Past Global Changes (PAGES) in Bern, Switzerland.

Keith has degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and East Asian Studies from Princeton University (1988) and a doctorate in Physical Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1995). He has over 100 publications including Past Global Changes and Their Significance for the Future (Elsevier, 2000), Paleoclimate, Global Change and the Future (Springer Verlag, 2002), Watching over the world’s oceans (Nature, 2005) and Taking the Pulse of the Oceans (Science, 2006). Keith has served on a number of high level scientific panels including as president of the International Commission for Climate of the International Association for Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences and Chair of the United Nations Interagency Coordination and Planning Committee for Earth Observations.
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