It is with great sadness that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has learnt of the death of one of its Lead Authors on the Sixth Assessment Report, Dr Cristóbal Díaz Morejón. Cristóbal Díaz Morejón was a Lead Author on Chapter 17 of the Working Group III contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report: accelerating transition in the context of sustainable development. He has been a contributor and Lead Author of IPCC reports since 2004.
He represented Cuba in many international meetings on water resources and sustainable development. He was also a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
After his first degree in Havana, he went on to the Polytechnic of Milan for his Masters degree followed by a PhD in Bulgaria. Over the course of a successful career during which he lead a number of projects including on the salinity of soils, water resource management, environmental strategy, desertification and droughts, and energy efficiency, Cristóbal Díaz Morejón published four textbooks for the Agricultural University of Havana as well as several papers in national and international scientific journals.
In 1994 Dr Díaz Morejón was awarded a Medal by the Academy of Sciences of Cuba on its 30th Anniversary and in 2004, the “Juan Tomas Roig” Medal for 25 years dedicated to research.
Dr Díaz Morejón died on 29 March 2021. He will be sorely missed by the IPCC community and the wider scientific community both in Cuba and the rest of the world.