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The International Climate Science Coalition announces the sad passing away of our Consultant Science Adviser, Associate Professor Chris R. de Freitas, a climate scientist and professor in the School of Environment, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. He died at the age of 69 on July 11 after a two-year battle with cancer. As cited from the University of Auckland’s web site:
“Chris de Freitas received his early education in Trinidad in the West Indies. He completed Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Toronto in Canada and a PhD at the University of Queensland in Australia as a Commonwealth Doctoral Scholar.
“During his time at The University of Auckland he has served as Deputy Dean of Science, Head of Science and Technology at the Tamaki campus and four years as Pro Vice Chancellor. He has been Vice President of the Meteorological Society of New Zealand, Vice President of the International Society of Biometeorologyand and is co-founder of the Australia New Zealand Climate Forum. For 10 years he was an editor of the international journal ‘Climate Research’.
“Chris is an advocate of open and well informed reporting on scientific issues and has written extensively in newspapers and magazines on a variety of environment-related themes, including air quality, flood and drought hazards, environmental conservation and climate change. In recognition of this, he has three times been the recipient of the New Zealand Association of Scientists, Science Communicator Award.”
Chris spoke at the Fourth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-4), in Chicago in May, 2010. He also spoke at the Fifth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-5) — the first held outside the United States — which took place on October 1, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. See both of Chris’s presentations here.
To learn more about this news, please visit the New Zealand Herald Web page here. Our condolences go out to Chris’ wife Nancy and sons Colin and Andrew.