Yann Robiou du Pont
Yann obtained a Master’s in climate, ocean and atmosphere science (Pierre and Marie Curie University) as well as a Magister in theoretical physics (University of Paris-Sud). He has various research experience in oceanography (Equatorial Atlantic, Arctic, Antarctica), hydrology, cosmology and sea ice rheology at the universities of Pierre and Marie Curie, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford, Copenhagen and McGill, respectively. After a year of field research in Benin and a sailing journey across the Arctic North-West Passage, Yann enrolled in the College and modelled national greenhouse gases emissions scenarios following a combination of different vision of climate justice:
Climate justice: Can we agree to disagree?
Operationalising competing equity principles to mitigate global warming
PhD thesis submitted in October 2017
The international community has agreed to limit global warming to 2 °C and pursue 1.5 °C. Staying within this boundary implies undertaking strong mitigation commitments. At climate conferences, countries exposed different equity concepts to drive the sharing of the required mitigation. The sum of each country’s self-determined fair share of the global mitigation burden is insufficient to keep warming below 2 °C, let alone 1.5 °C. This PhD project assesses how to distribute the GHG emissions consistent with the temperature goals under a combination of effort sharing approaches. A normative method determines coherent national mitigation targets under a combination of equity approaches. This quantitative 'hybrid' approach adopts the distributive nature of a bottom-up approach with the stringency of a top-down approach.
The research project is a collaboration between the University of Melbourne and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany.
Supervisors: A/Prof. Malte Meinshausen, A/Prof. Peter Christoff
German Supervisor: Louise Jeffery
Start Date: October 2013
Equitable mitigation to achieve the Paris Agreement goals, (Nature Climate Change, 2017)
National contributions for decarbonizing the world economy in line with the G7 agreement, (Environmental Research Letters, 2016)
National post-2020 greenhouse gas targets and diversity-aware leadership, (Nature Climate Change, 2015)
How fair are countries' climate pledges?, Robiou du Pont, Y., Jeffery, M. L. (2016)
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