Tributes have been pouring in for Professor Mike Raupach, co-founder of the Global Carbon Project, who passed away 10 February.
(Adapted from the Global Carbon Project website)
Professor Mike Raupach, an extraordinary carbon cycle scientist and climate change communicator, passed away on February 10, 2015.
Mike co-founded the Global Carbon Project, initiating a global research programme engaging hundreds of scientists, practitioners, and policymakers. Mike's research, leadership, and personal commitment have made the GCP a scientifically rich, innovative and socially relevant international collaboration.
Mike realized far earlier than most that the GCP needed to undertake both first-class and societally relevant research. He contributed to understanding relationships between emissions and economic development, urbanization, present and future emissions, and ways to think about the responsibility of nations to address mitigation and their commitments. Most importantly, Mike always grounded this research in the context of the global carbon cycle, including novel analyses on the importance of natural carbon dioxide sinks on land and in the oceans, and how such interactions govern the changes in radiative forcing from greenhouse gases.
Beyond the scientific contributions, Mike was an example of integrity, clarity of purpose, and humility for which we are extremely grateful. Mike's kindness and approachability made him a wonderful person to work and be with.
All at IGBP and GCP are lucky we had the opportunity to know Mike and be inspired and touched by him as a colleague and friend.
Mike's enormous scientific legacy will effect science and scientists for decades to come.
Mike passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at his home in Canberra, Australia.
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