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Kevin Noone

Keynote: Chemical Meteorology researcher Kevin Noone

Professor Kevin Noone is active in conveying science to stakeholders and the general public. He works with communities, corporations, NGOs, military and security agencies, faith-based groups and other stakeholders in the area of sustainability.

Professor Noone’s primary research interests are in the area of global sustainability, Earth System science, the effects of aerosols and clouds on climate, and atmospheric chemistry and physics. He is an advocate of using holistic approaches in obtaining solid scientific basis for decisions on environmental and climate issues.

Kevin Noone is Professor of Chemical Meteorology at the Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry (ACES) at Stockholm University. He has a background in Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Oceanography, Meteorology, and Atmospheric Physics. After receiving his PhD degree from the University of Washington, he has worked at both Stockholm University and the University of Rhode Island in the U.S.

Hi Kevin! Why do you find it important to take part in the Baltic Sea Future congress?

– We need events that gather people from all sides. From academic researchers to public authorities, from legislators and politicians to businesses and other public organizations. The challenges of the Baltic region are too complex for a single individual or group to solve.
But together we stand a chance. The Baltic Sea Future congress is an opportunity to learn from each other and to make connections that can be used to create a sustainable, desirable future for the region.

You’re one of the keynote speakers at the congress. What are you going to talk about?

   – I will talk about connections and interactions. The theme for this year’s congress is how climate changes, agriculture, economic growth and many other factors are connected, and what angles we can use to attack such “wicked” problems.

Why is this important?

   – It’s important because the possibility for us to find good answers to these challenges demand that we first can visualize complex, connected systems, and then find new ways of dealing with these issues together.

 If you could choose only one measure in order to reduce the negative climate change effect on the Baltic, what would that be?

   – We need to come up with different and better ways to prioritize. It can be counterproductive to focus on a single measure when you’re dealing with delicate intertwined systems. We need to increase the resilience in the Baltic Sea region’s capability of dealing with climate change – and simultaneously keep the ecosystems, societies and economies healthy.