Experts' profiles - Murari Lal
Murari Lal
Dr Murari Lal obtained his Masters and doctoral degree in Geophysics in the years 1969 and 1972 respectively from Banaras Hindu University. He started his Dressional career as a Junior Scientific Officer at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune in 1972. The issues related to air pollution and deteoriating air quality in India motivated him to focus his research interest on this and related topics at early stage of his Dressional career. During the period 1975 to 1977, Dr Lal joined the Atmospheric Environment Service in Canada as a National Research Council Post Doctorate Fellow. In 1977, Dr Lal joined the Indian Meteorological Service and pursued his research in understanding the role of suspended particulates and other trace constituents present in the atmosphere on the energy partitioning within the earth-atmosphere system. He joined the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi as Senior Scientific Officer in late 1981 and served the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in various capacities (Senior, Principal and Chief Scientific Officers) for over 20 years. Dr Lal has more than two decades of teaching and research experience on global environmental issues (viz., climate change, water, agriculture, forestry, energy and ecology) and has an extensive list of research publications in peer reviewed international journals.

Dr Lal has provided substantial scientific and technical assistance to the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Department of Science & Technology and Planning Commission of the Government of India on scientific, technical and Policy matters related to the key multilateral environmental agreements and related United Nations Conventions from time to time. Dr Lal was elected to the Fellowship of Indian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences in the year 2000 and to the Fellowship of Indian Association of Hydrologists in 2002 for his original scientific contributions on issues linked to climate change and food security and depleting water resources in South Asia.

Dr Lal contributed to the Supplementary Report on the Scientific Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published in the year 1992. He was a Lead Author for Chapter 5 of the IPCC 1994 Report on Radiative Forcing of Climate; Chapter 2 of the IPCC 1995 Scientific Assessment of Climate Change; IPCC Technical Paper II (1997) and IPCCs Special Report on Regional Impacts of Climate Change - 1998. He has made significant contributions to the Third and Fourth Assessment Reports of the IPCC as a Convening Lead Author for Asia Chapter of the WG II (also a Lead Author for Chapter 13 of TAR-WG I of the IPCC). He was also a member of the Core Writing Team of the Synthesis Report of the IPCC Third Assessment Report. Dr. Lal is the only scientist from South Asia to have served the select group of authors for the four scientific assessment reports of climate change conducted thus far by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change continuously for the past two decades. Dr Lals contribution to the authoritative scientific assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on climate Change have contributed significantly in the negotiation processes of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol.
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