Dr Ryabinin, the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and Assistant Director-General of UNESCO, is an oceanographer, climatologist, and marine engineer. Previously he worked as a scientist and head of a laboratory at the Hydrometcentre of Russia, a lecturer at the Moscow State University, the Executive Director of the International Ocean Institute, and senior officer of the World Climate Research Programme.
His own scientific research has focussed on turbulence, ocean thermocline and its variability, physical processes of relevance for weather prediction, numerical mathematics, ice processes, shelf engineering, marine prediction, and wind-wave modelling. He contributed to international coordination of climate research related to polar matters, ocean, cryosphere, sea-level, stratospheric processes, atmospheric chemistry, and climate services.
Dr Ryabinin has been a part of the design teams for the following major research and development initiatives: USSR numerical medium-range (weekly) weather prediction system, Russian Federal Program “World Ocean", national marine prediction and services system, Global Ocean Observing System, Joint Technical Commission of IOC and World Meteorological Organization for oceanography and marine Meteorology, International Polar Year, and UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).