Meet Katherine Hutchinson, a passionate climate researcher doing good for people and the planet

Young Capetonian Katherine Hutchinson is an Environmental, Ocean and Atmospheric Scientist driven by the knowledge that the oceans are a life-giving element that is vital to moderating the climate.

Katherine Hutchinson is currently doing her PhD in physical oceanography, after earning a “co-badged” qualification from the University of Cape Town and the Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO) in France. She has a deep passion for understanding the driving forces of ocean circulation and how the ocean-atmosphere system is responding to climate change. Katherine asserts that the oceans, which cover over 70% of the Earth’s surface, are vital to our planet.  They provide us with valuable natural resources—in addition to moderating our climate.

Despite its importance, very little is known about this life-giving body of water, and what is known is poorly communicated to humanity. This is what Katherine wants to change: her mission is to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with others and, in doing so, she hopes to inspire people to conserve this vital resource. She is motivated to translate her scientific findings to people at all levels of society, and she hopes that in this context she can improve society’s knowledge of the circumstances and consequences of climate change.

Watch this video illustrating Katherine’s enthusiasm with her  involvement with, and taking action in, the climate change matters since 2008:

An African Climate Reality Leader from South Africa, Katherine Hutchinson is part of a dynamic group of world-changers shaping the conversation on climate in forums ranging from family dinners to international summits. Together they are building a 21st-century movement for solutions to tackle climate change and foster environmental sustainability in Africa and world-wide.