Jean-Pascal van Ypersele

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Jean-Pascal van Ypersele.

Jean-Pascal van Ypersele de Strihou (born 1957, in Brussels) is a Belgian Professor of Climatology and Environmental Sciences at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). Son of/nephew of a conservative francophone catholic family deeply involved in Belgian politics. Related to the former chief of staff of the Belgian king.


He obtained a PhD in physics at the Université catholique de Louvain (1986 with highest honours) and made his doctoral research in climatology at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), (Colorado, USA) on the effect of global warming on Antarctic sea ice.


Jean-Pascal van Ypersele is Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Before his election as a vice chair of IPCC, he took part as scientific adviser to the United Nations conferences on climate issues. He teaches climatology and environmental sciences, and directs the Master programme in Science and Management of the Environment at the UCL. Since 1993, he is a member of the Belgian Federal Council for Sustainable Development, and he chairs its Working Group on Energy and Climate. He has been nominated by Belgium as a candidate[1] to the position of Chair of the IPCC in the next Bureau, which will be elected during the next IPCC Plenary in Dubrovnik from 5 to 8 October 2015. He was not elected despite important lobbying with the assistance of the Belgian government and decided to leave completely the IPPC.[2]



He came in the news because of his support of a Rwandan colleague, M. Ntezimana, involved in the 1994 genocide and condemned.[3]

At several occasions he refused the debate publicly with sceptical colleagues such as István Markó,[4] who were later boycotted by his university in the presentation of their book.[5]


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