Dr. Ramanathan is a Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.

He currently chairs an international science team from Asia, Africa and Latin America under the Atmospheric Brown Clouds Program sponsored by the United Nations Environmental Programme.

Link: Full Biography

Ramanathan named one of the 100 global thought leaders for 2014

Conversations with the Dalai Lama

Ramanathan Receives the Tyler Prize, the highest environment award from the US

Ramanathan receives the highest environment award from the United Nations

Ramanathan and Dasgupta helped the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences to bring social and natural scientists together for a meeting on sustainability at the Vatican. (Statement)


Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan has been conducting original research in Climate and Atmospheric Science since the 1970s. He discovered the super greenhouse effect of halo carbons (CFCs) in 1975 and used observations to quantify the large global warming effect of black carbon. He led international field campaigns, developed unmanned aircraft platforms for tracking brown cloud pollution worldwide (Dimming Movie), and educates and trains the next generation of scientists. Based in his research, he developed a new approach for mitigating climate change that involves mitigating emissions of four short lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) to drastically reduce near term warming and slowing down the retreat of the Himalayan glaciers. He is now implementing this new approach in the field. First is Project Surya, a cook-stove project which attempts to eliminate climate warming pollutants from traditional biomass cooking. Next, he is teaming up with California Air Resources Board and R. K Pachauri, Chairman of IPCC, and initiated ICAMP, a World Bank sponsored project to reduce soot emissions from the transportation sector in India. Governor Brown of California referred to this as a practical entry into climate mitigation.

May 5, 2011
Pontifical Academy of Sciences Report

Dr. Ramanathan co-chaired a report, Fate of Mountain Glaciers in the Anthropocene, a product of a meeting at the Vatican April 2-4, 2011.
Link: Full Report (.pdf) New York Times News release

May 2013
Mitigation of Short Lived Climate Pollutants can reduce sea level rise significantly
Hu, A., Y. Xu, C. Tebaldi, W. M. Washington, and V. Ramanathan (2013),
Mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants slows sea-level rise
Nature Climate Change 3(5), 1-5,

October 2013
Ramanathan Proposes the Two World Concept for Sustainability
V. Ramanathan: The Two Worlds We Inhabit: The Top 4 Billion (T4B) and the Bottom 3 Billion (B3B)
In press; Book Honoring Prof. Klaus Töpfer, Germany.

Credit: Nicolle Rager Fuller, National Science Foundation. Click image for source article.

His research has identified the Himalayas and the Indo Gangetic Plains Monsoon as two of the most vulnerable regions to climate change.
Link: the highest environment award from the United Nations

May 2014
Ramanathan delivers message of climate change to Pope Francis

(Photos courtesy of the Vatican)


Short Lived Climate Pollutants Mitigation Initiative

February 16, 2012
Clean AIr Coalition announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recognizes Ramanathan:

On February 16th, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants Initiative was annouced. See the announcement from the US State Department. More information on targeted Short Lived Climate Pollutants here. See coverage in the San Diego Union Tribune

November 28, 2010
New York Times Op-Ed:

In To Fight Climate Change, Clear the Air, Dr. Ramanathan and UCSD Professor David Victor outline mitigation opportunities for the COP 16 Conference in Cancun, Mexico.
Link: Full Piece (.pdf)

Cookstoves Initiative

March 2007
Project Surya: www.projectsurya.org
Over 3 Billion living in rural areas can not afford fossil fuel. Creating sustainable fuel options can have dramatic positive impacts on health and regional climate.
Link: Project Surya White Paper (.pdf)

Used by permission from Adam Ferguson, VII Network

Transportation Sector Initiative

October 21, 2013
ICAMP (India-California Air Pollution Mitigation Program)

Diesel black Carbon mitigation program inaugurated by Governor Brown
Ramanathan is Co_Chair of ICAMP, which is a joint initiative by the University of California at San Diego, The Energy Resources Institute, India and the California Air Resources Board and is sponsored by the World Bank.