In his double facet as mountain climber and scientist, Jerónimo López will be explaining at this conference how, with their particularities, the Antarctic and glaciers can help us to understand climate change. He will also be delving into topics such as the importance of ice in the water cycle as a reservoir for water resources, or the importance of the Antarctic for the climate and changing sea levels all around the world. Furthermore, he will discuss different research projects and the consequences of climate change on Spain’s mountain glaciers today, like the collapses and landslides on Marmolada and Monte Perdido.
Fundación Canal’s Conference Series is providing the public with the opportunity to meet this expert on the Antarctic in person, and to hear about his scientific and personal experiences on the frozen continent and on the most important peaks and glaciers in the world.
Duration: 90 minutes
A doctor in Geological Science and professor emeritus at the Autonomous University of Madrid, he acted as chair of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the Spanish SCAR Committee. In 2018, he was appointed a lifelong honorific member.
He has written over 350 scientific publications, over half of which are about Antarctica and the polar regions. He has also led several research projects and regularly collaborates with scientists and institutions from different countries. Throughout his lifetime, he has participated in over thirty expeditions to polar regions and the highest mountain ranges on earth, climbing many different peaks, including Everest (without oxygen in 1988) and Mount Vinson, the tallest mountain in Antarctica. He conducted the first Spanish climbs on the massive cliffs of Yosemite, including the Nose on El Capitan. He has conducted several expeditions to the Arctic and a dozen to the Antarctic with Antarctic programmes from different countries. He has received several awards and prizes for his career.
He holds a degree in Audio-Visual Communication (2001) from the University of Salamanca. From 2016 through 2018, he was director and host of Los desayunos on TVE. He was assistant director of news on TVE, director of Canal 24 horas, director of the news website www.rtve.es, and director of the social media team for TVE’s news. He currently heads Zoom Net, TVE’s technology and digital culture programme.