Main areas of expertise
Aerosol pollution and aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions
Dr. Graciela B. Raga, born in Argentina, did her undergraduate studies in meteorology at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and received a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington (USA) in 1989. Postdoctoral work at Environment Canada and at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UK) gave her opportunities to develop research on cloud-aerosol interactions through in-situ measurements with research aircraft.
She has been a scientist and professor at UNAM since 1995, having authored 76 peer-reviewed publications and several chapters in books, and supervised 16 master and PhD theses. Her research in Mexico focused more on aerosol urban pollution, providing a new direction by bringing a physical context to the pollution research. She has developed several graduate level courses and has taught systematically over the last 20 years.
She has been a member of several international committees including the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC), International Commission of Clouds and Precipitation (ICCP), Aerosol-Cloud-Precipitation-Climate (ACPC) Initiative of the International Global Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and a membe of the Joint Scietific Committee of the World Research Climate Programme (WCRP). She was the Chief Editor of the journal Atmosfera, a member of the Mexico Academy of Sciences, of the National System of Research (SNI, level III) of the National Research Council of Mexico (CONACYT) and of the Third World Organization for Women in Science. She is currently a Senior Associate of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP). She was Lead Author for Working Group I of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), including participation in the Summary for Policy Makers and the Technical Summary of the Assessment. Recently, she co-chaired the Regional Assessment on SLCP in Latin America and the Caribbean, whose Summary for Decision Makers was presented at the UNEA meeting in 2016. She is also a member of the Committee to Prevent Extreme Climate Change (CPECC), chaired by Drs. Ramanathan, D. Zaelke and M. Molina.