Keynote Presentations from the 2nd AVEC International Summer School, Peyresq, 18-30 September 2005

Speaker: Joe Alcamo
Center for Environmental Systems Research, University of Kassel, Kurt Wolters Strasse 3, 34125 Kassel, Germany

Title of the talk: The changing balance sheet of nature: Findings from the Millenium Ecosystem Assessment (pdf: 12MB)


Joseph Alcamo was born in the United States in 1951. He received his Doctoral degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Davis and his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College in New York City. For more than 20 years, Alcamo has been leading scientific research in the field of applied systems analysis and, in particular, in computer modeling in order to build bridges between natural sciences and social studies, and between scientific results and policy decisions. He has contributed significantly to the development of integrated environmental modeling and other innovative approaches to analyze environmental problems. He has been leading several international groups (in the USA, Austria, the Netherlands and Germany) and has organized a significant number of international activities and studies. In 1998, he was honored as the first environmental scientist with the Max-Planck-Research Prize for pioneering the area of integrated global modeling of the environment and its application to international policy.

Since 1996 Joe Alcamo is the Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Systems Research at the University of Kassel, Germany and responsible for the scientific direction of the four research departments at the Center. These departments work in the following areas:
(1) global and regional environmental dynamics and modeling;
(2) forest ecosystem simulation and impact modeling;
(3) simulation of human-environment interactions; and
(4) methodological development and application of environmental balances.

Joe Alcamo holds a (C4-)professorship in environmental systems engineering at the University of Kassel (in the department of Electrical Engineering), this being one of the first professorships in this discipline in Central Europe. He is leader of the research group on global and regional environmental dynamics at the Center, which concentrates on the development of innovative approaches in integrated global and regional modeling and the application of analysis results to environmental policy making.

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