Friday, February 24, 2017

scientific steering committee

  Professor Jean Palutikof (Co-Chair) view CV

Focus: Prof. Palutikof’s research interests focus on climate change impacts, and the application of climatic data to economic and planning issues. She specialises in the study of changes in extreme events and their impacts, especially windstorm. She was a Lead Author for Working Group II of the IPCC Second and Third Assessment Reports. She has authored more than 200 papers, articles and reports on the topic of climate change and climate variability. 

National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility 

  Dr. Saleemul Huq  (Co-Chair) view CV

Focus: Links between climate change and sustainable development, and particularly the perspective of developing countries. Africa and South Asia, especially the least developed countries in those two regions. Building negotiating capacity and supporting the engagement of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in UNFCCC ahead of COP15 including negotiator training workshops for LDCs, policy briefings and support for the Adaptation Fund Board. Research into vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in the least developed countries.

International Institute for Environment & Development and International Centre for Climate Change and Development

  Professor Anand Patwardhan view CV

Focus: Prof. Patwardhan works in the broad area of environment – climate studies, focusing on the assessment of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, and on the diffusion and adoption of clean technology. He has been a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF); and a coordinating lead author for the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. 

Affiliation: Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

  Professor Balgis Osman-Elasha view CV

Focus: Prof Osman-Elasha is a climate change adaptation expert at the African Development Bank with extensive experience in climate change research, with a focus on the human dimensions of global environmental change (GEC) and sustainable development. She is a winner of the UNEP Champions of the Earth award, 2008, and has been a lead author with the IPCC. She has conducted and supervised numerous research and scientific assessments on climate change impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation, particularly related Africa.

Climate Change Expert at African Development Bank (AfDB)

  Ms. Carolina Zambrano Barragan view CV

Focus: Carolina is the National Representative for Avina Foundation in Ecuador and a Professor with the graduate program on Climate Change at the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar. Previously, she was the Environmental Policy and Climate Change Director at the Municipality of the Metropolitan District of Quito, Ecuador, where she lead the implementation of Quito's climate change strategy and action plan. Before working for the Municipality, Carolina was Undersecretary of Climate Change for Ecuador and led the negotiating team at the UNFCCC. She has done research on local, national and regional adaptation strategies in Latin America and has worked in places like Madagascar, the Galapagos Islands and Peru. She is a biologist and holds a master's degree in Environmental Management from Yale University.

Responsible for Latin American Strategy on Sustainable Cities at Avina Foundation

  Professor Chris Field (Former PROVIA SSC member, now Associate Member) view CV

Focus: Global ecology, with an emphasis on ecological contributions across the range of Earth science disciplines. Prof. Field is currently Director of the Department of Global Ecology at Carnegie Institute and Co-Chair of Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability), of the IPCC.

Affiliation: Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution

  Professor Chris Gordon view CV

Focus: Director of the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies, University of Ghana, Prof. Gordon’s area of research includes climate change policy; with a particular specialization in mangroves and coastal systems

Institute of Environment & Sanitation Studies, University of Ghana

  Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig view CV

Focus: Dr. Rosenzweig is a Senior Research Scientist at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies where she heads the Climate Impacts Group. Her research involves the development of interdisciplinary methodologies to assess the potential impacts of and adaptations to global environmental change. Her area of focus looks at interactions of climate variability and change on systems and sectors important to human well-being.

 Affiliation: Senior Research Scientist at NASAGoddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University Earth Institute

Dr. Ian Noble

Dr. Ian Noble is currently the Chief Scientist for the Global Adaptation Institute. His research focus includes climate change adaptation, animal behaviour, vegetation and biodiversity management, ecosystem modeling, expert systems and the science-policy interface. He recently retired from the World Bank as the Lead Climate Change Specialist with particular responsibility for the Bank’s activities in adaptation to climate change. Prior to the Bank he was Professor of Global Change Research at the Australian National University. He has had senior roles in the IPCC process and in international cooperative research on climate change as part of the International Geosphere Biosphere Program (IGBP) including chairing the Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE).

Affiliation: Chief Science Advisor, ND-GAIN University Notre Dame; Adjunct Professor Monash Sustainability Institute

Professor Kristie L. Ebi view CV

Professor Ebi conducts research on the impacts of and adaptation to climate change, including on extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne safety and security, waterborne diseases, and vector borne diseases. Her work focuses on understanding sources of vulnerability and designing adaptation policies to reduce the risks of climate change in a multi-stressor environment. She co-chairs the International Committee on New Integrated Climate change assessment Scenarios (ICONICS), facilitating development of new climate change scenarios. She has edited fours books on aspects of climate change and published more than 150 papers.

Affiliation: Department of Global Health, University of Washington

  Professor Martin Parry (Former Chair, now Associate Member) view CV

Focus: Prof. Parry is the former chair of the interim Scientific Steering Committee for PROVIA. He has published over 150 scientific papers, mainly in the field of climate change and agriculture, including 5 books. From 198 to 2005 he was editor of the journal Global Environmental Change. Until September 2008 he was Co-Chair of Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability), of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) based at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, U.K. Meteorological Office.

Affiliation: Grantham Institute & Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London

  Professor Richard J.T. Klein view CV

Focus: Prof. Klein is an expert on the science and policy of adaptation to the impacts of climate change, with almost twenty years of experience in original research, science assessment and policy advice. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the academic journal Climate and Development. He has been an IPCC author since 1994, and co-director and chief scientist of the Nordic Centre of Excellence NORD-STAR since 2011.

Affiliation: Stockholm Environment Institute; Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research of Linköping University

  Ms Rupa Mukerji view CV

Focus: Building on 20 years of work in the natural resource management and livelihood domains, Rupa was responsible for one of the first field projects on ‘Adaptation to Climate Change’ in India, in 2004. This provided inputs to India’s National Action Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change, and to several of the state action plans that followed. Based on these experiences, she supports the design and implementation of concrete activities that link climate research with practical actions in South America (Peru, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador), South Asia (India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan) and East Africa (Ethiopia). With an academic background in natural sciences and management, Rupa’s work is trans-disciplinary and applied and provides her the thematic spectrum to engage with the complex interfaces between social and physical sciences. After over 20 years of work based out of South Asia, for the past three years Rupa have been working as the co-Head of the Advisory Services department of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, the largest independent development organisation in Switzerland. She is a member of its Management Board as also the Secretary of Helvetas, USA.

Affiliation: HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation

  Professor XU Yinlong view CV

Focus: Prof Xu’s research had been focusing on constructing high-resolution climate scenarios over China using PRECIS, assessing the impacts of and vulnerability to climate change, now his research interest is investigating the theoretical mechanism of adaptation and developing adaptation technology system. He has published over 100 scientific journal papers and more than 10 books (3 books as leading CLA, 1 book as CLA, 2 books as Editor-in-Chief, and more than 5 books as co-authors) concerning climate change.

Climate Change Lab, Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

  Dr Yasuaki Hijioka view CV

Focus: Dr Yasuaki Hijioka’s research topics cover modelling analysis for environmental issues related to climate change impacts and adaptation, and he is involved in the development of the Asia-Pacific Integrated Model (AIM) to estimate climate change impacts and to assess policy options for stabilizing global climate. He is a coordinating lead author for working group II of the IPCC fifth assessment report.

National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)

Ex Officio:
  Dr Andrew Tait view CV

Focus: Dr Andrew Tait is a Principal Climate Scientist with the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research Limited (NIWA). He specializes in applications of climate data and products and climate change impacts and adaptation research for New Zealand and the South Pacific. He recently led a 4-year project on Climate Change and Urban Impacts in New Zealand and is currently co-leading a project on Climate Change Impacts and Implications for NZ to 2100.

Andrew is a lead author of the Australasia chapter of the IPCC Fifth Assessment WGII Report, a member of the WMO Commission for Climatology (CCl) executive and co-chair of the Open Panel of CCl Experts (OPACE) on 'Climate Information for Adaptation and Risk Management', a theme leader of the WMO Regional Association V Working Group on Climate Services, and the chair of the Pacific Islands Climate Services Panel. He is also the director of the New Zealand Climate Change Centre.

Affiliation: National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

  Dr David Carlson view CV

Focus: Dr David Carlson is the Director of the Joint Planning Staff of World Climate Research Programme.  He directed the International Programme Office for the International Polar Year 2007-2008. IPY, with more than 50,000 participants from 60 nations, stimulated a wide range of geophysical, biological and social science research at a critical time for Polar Regions. Dr. Carlson has devoted more than 25 years to international science: in 1990-94 he was the Director of the International Project Office for the Tropical Ocean Global Atmosphere programme (TOGA). After that and through nearly a decade he was the Director of Atmospheric Technology for the US National Center for Atmospheric Research, supporting climate, atmospheric chemistry and meteorology research around the world.

Dr. Carlson holds a PhD in Oceanography and led successful research on upper ocean physics and chemistry, oceanic microbiology and carbon cycling, and marine chemical ecology at Oregon State University. Dr. Carlson is currently serving as Chief Editor for Earth System Science Data, a journal he founded with Dr. Han Pfeiffenberger.

Affiliation: World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)

  Professor Jacqueline McGlade view CV

Focus: Jacqueline McGlade is an expert in environmental policy and research pursuits include analysis of risk and uncertainty in complex systems, development and implementation of enviro-informatics, ecological economics, environmental forecasting, and development of a governance theory for natural resources. She serves on the editorial boards of Dynamical Systems and the International Journal of Biosciences and the Law. McGlade earned a PhD in aquatic sciences and zoology from the University of Guelph in Canada and an MA from the University of Cambridge, UK.

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