The Earth League

Johan Rockström

Johan Rockstroem

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As well as being Chair of the Earth League, Johan Rockström is, jointly with Ottmar Edenhofer, leading the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact research (PIK) since October 2018. Before, he has been Executive Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre for more than 12 years, and Professor in Environmental Science with emphasis on water resources and global sustainability at Stockholm University. He is an internationally recognised scientist on global sustainability issues, where for example, he led the recent development of the new planetary boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change. He is a leading scientist on global water resources and strategies to build resilience in water scarce regions of the world, with more than 15 years experience from applied water research in tropical regions, and more than 100 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability. 

He serves on several scientific committees and boards, including serving as the chair of the visioning process on global environmental change of the International Council for Science (ICSU). Rockström was awarded the title "Swede of the Year" in 2009 for his work on bridging science on climate change to policy and society. He was ranked the most influential person on environmental issues in Sweden 2011.

Potsdam Insitute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)