Transformation and Resilience on Urban Coasts


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    Mark Pelling

    In the present project he is Principal Investigator with role in the consortium for overall project management and synthesis of case study analysis . He is currently working as Professor of Geography with the Department of Geography, King's College London, London, UK. Pelling’s expertise is in the social and institutional components of resilience, transformation and adaptation to climate change and natural hazards. He sits on the scientific steering committees of the ICSU project ‘Integrated Research on Disaster Risk’ and the IGBP-IHDP project ‘Land Ocean Interactions on the Coastal Zone’.

    He has served on the lead expert group of a UK Government Foresight study on Disaster Resilience and also as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 5th SREX Reports. He has strong research collaboration and leadership experience; since 2000 he has been PI on eight, and Co-I on three projects funded by the UK Research Councils or the European Union, FP7. His work focuses on Europe (through ESRC and FP7 projects) and overseas with work in India (FP7), the American and Caribbean (ESRC).

    His publications include two monographs; four joint authored/edited works, 23 journal papers and 15 book chapters and many scientific reports and commentaries. An urban vulnerability and adaptation specialist, he is lead PI with overall management responsibility for TRUC (WP7), liaising with the External Advisory Group, chairing the Scientific Steering Committee Board and Executive Management Group, leading WP5 and with junior responsibility for the London study.

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    Julius Agboola

    Julius Agboola has a role in the consortium as Lagos case study lead, scenario modelling co-lead and Principal Investigator. Dr Agboola’s original specialization is coastal biogeochemistry, examining the gradients and responses of physical, chemical and biological components of the aquatic ecosystems to environmental change, natural resource management, land–ocean interactions, and integrating social and biophysical issues for sustainability and climate change research. More recently this has been combined with research on human vulnerability.

    He is a fellow of the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU IAS) having worked and conducted research with the Marine Governance and Coastal Management Team, exploring how humans can better relate with the sea for sustainable use and management of marine resources. He also had a brief stint as a Research Fellow with the Global Land Project (GLP) in Japan where he provided inputs to research projects on vulnerability assessment and ecosystem services management, analyzing human impacts on ecosystems structure and functions. (ECOSMAG Project).

    In addition, in 2012/2013 he had a visiting fellowship of the European-African Earth Observation Network (EAMNet) at the Department of Oceanography, University of Cape Town, South Africa, and the ICTP/UNESCO visiting fellowship award at the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Environment (ENEA), Rome, Italy, where he provided inputs for project research activities on the development of Underwater Network of Laser Sensors for Water Monitoring - a new technology of hyper-precision of marine pollution level measurement.

    He is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) of ICSU project ‘Land-Ocean Interaction in the Coastal Zone’ (LOICZ).

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    Joern Birkmann

    Joern Birkmann, with role in the consortium as Co-lead, scenario methodology, supports Lagos case study and is a Principal Investigator. He presently is Head of Section, United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security, Bonn, Germany, with area of research being assessment of vulnerability and risk to natural hazards and climate change.

    Dr. Birkmann is an international expert in the field of vulnerability and risk assessment with regard to climate change and natural hazards. He has also extensive expertise in the area of urban and spatial planning. He holds also a license as urban planner and deals with the spatial dimension of vulnerability and climate change adaptation. In this regard, Dr. Birkmann is specialized in the development of methods to assess vulnerability, risk and resilience.

    As an IPCC Lead-Author in the IPCC Special Report “Managing the Risk of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation” and in the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC, he has intensively worked on new challenges for linking risk reduction and adaptation to climate change. Joern conducted research projects in more than 15 countries in Southeast Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa and the United States.

    He is the author of 76 publications including 3 books and is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. Dr. Birkmann is a member of the Academy of Spatial Planning and member of the IOC/UNESCO Expert Group on Coastal Hazards. As an urban planner and human vulnerability specialist, he has senior responsibility for delivering WP3, and will collaborate in the Lagos study.

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    Zhongyuan Chen

    Zhongyuan Chen is Principal Investigator with a role in the consortium as Shanghai case study lead. He is a senior research scientist of State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China. Chen is a geomorphologist and his long-term expertise links examination of sediment source to sink processes in river - delta system in response to global change and human impact. This includes analyzing sediment budget, transport, and deposition affected by climate change, sea-level fluctuations and human intervention. In addition, his research also focuses on estuarine and coastal management; most recently he has examined estuarine geo-ecological modification in response to reduced sediment sources and altered hydrographs associated with dam construction. Professor Chen serves as chief guest editor for ECSS, Geomorphology and ESPL, in which geo-ecohydrological research results from various world large river-estuaries have been included. His major study area includes the Yangtze, and other Asia river- deltas. Prof. Chen is PI for APN Asia megadelta project and Co-PI for IGCP-582 river-basin project.

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    Sue Grimmond

    Sue Grimmond with a role in the consortium as lead WP2 - biophysical modelling, and lead, London case study is Principal Investigator. Sue Grimmond joined Department of Meteorology, University of Reading in August 2013. Previously she was a Professor at King’s College London, after being Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at Indiana University, Bloomington USA. She is a past President of the International Association of Urban Climate (IAUC) and past Lead Expert for the WMO on Urban and Building Climatology. Sue is an Editor for Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, and is on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology; and Urban Climate. She is a past member of the editorial boards of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Geography Compass (Climatology Editor) and Advances in Meteorology.

    In 2006 she was elected Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and awarded Doctor of Science Honoris Causa, from Göteborg University, Sweden. In 2008 she was awarded the Universitatis Lodziensis Amico Medal from University of ?ód?, Poland. She was the 2009 recipient of the Helmut E Landsberg Award from the American Meteorological Society and the 2009 recipient of the Luke Howard Award from the International Association for Urban Climate. She is a Special Expert to Shanghai Institute of Meteorological Science, Shanghai Meteorological Service, China Meteorological Administration. She currently is an advisor to projects in Portugal (CLICUB), South Korea (WISE), USA (NEON), and WMO (GURME, Megacity Implementation Plan).

    She has published over 120 refereed publications, given over 125 invited talks in more than 20 countries. She has expertise in both measurement and modelling of urban atmospheric processes.

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    Alice Newton

    Alice Newton is a Principal Investigator whose role in the consortium is Capacity building and curriculum development.

    Dr Alice Newton holds the position of Professor in the Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FCT) of the University of Algarve (UAlg, Portugal). She is a member of Portugal’s Institute of Marine Research (IMAR); the Marine and Environmental Research Center (CIMA); a Senior Scientist leading as the Principal Investigator on the coastal zone at the Norwegian Institute of Air Research (NILU) in the Department of Environmental Impacts and Economics (IMPEC). Dr Newton was the Chairperson of LOICZ (Land ocean interactions in the coastal zone) a core project of IGBP (the International Biosphere-Geosphere Programme) and IHDP (the International Human Dimension Programme) from 2009 to 2011.

    An internationally known coastal scientist, Dr Newton has also formulated and successfully implemented 5 multinational post-graduate Master and PhD joint programmes. The author or co-author of 52 scientific and academic publications since 2003. Of particular relevance to the TRUC project are the 3 following papers:

    Newton, A., Carruthers, T.J.B., Icely, J., 2012. The coastal syndromes and hotspots in the coastal zone. Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science, v. 96, pp. 39-47.DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2011.07.012

    Sekovski, I., Newton, A., Dennison, W.C., 2012. Megacities in the coastal zone: Using a driver-pressure-state-impact-response framework to address complex environmental problems. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, v. 96, pp. 48-59.DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2011.07.011

    Newton, A. and Weichselgartner, J. 2014. Hotspots of coastal vulnerability: A DPSIR analysis to find societal pathways and responses. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science (2014), Volume 140, p. 123-133. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2013.10.010

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    Ramesh Ramachandran

    Ramesh Ramachandran is Principal Investigator with a role in the consortium to co-lead in conceptualising resilience and transformation and lead, Kolkata case study. Ramesh's expertise includes coastal ecosystem biogeochemistry and coastal zone management. Over the past two decades, he has executed many research projects funded by national and international agencies, on coastal processes and climate change with remote sensing and GIS as major tools for integrated coastal zone management. He has initiated several capacity building and training programmes for coastal management and planning including an M.Tech curriculum in Coastal Management and an e-learning module on ICZM in collaboration with the UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands. Ramesh is the Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of LOICZ (Land Ocean Interaction in the Coastal Zone), which is a part of the IGBP-ICSU where the focus is on regional synthesis of the Catchment- Coast- Continuum. He has been involved in developing a shoreline management plan and integrated coastal zone management plan for the Indian coast. In addition, he is also developing the management plans for the Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands of India.

    A coastal geomorphologist and coastal planning specialist, he has senior responsibility for WP6,chairs the Communication and Impact Committee, has junior responsibility for WP1 and leads the Kolkata study.

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    William Solecki

    William Solecki with role in the consortium in conceptualising resilience and transformation, is lead for the New York case study, and a Principal Investigator. His research focuses on urban environmental change and transition, and climate change and cities. He is the Director of the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities and Professor of Geography at Hunter College-CUNY.

    He served as an author of the IPCC AR4 and again on the IPCC AR5; as a member of the scientific steering committee of IHDP, Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Core (UGEC) Project, and as panel member on U.S. National Research Council committees. He has been appointed as the convening lead author for the Urban, Infrastructure, and Vulnerability chapter of the now-underway U.S. National Climate Assessment. He is a co-founder of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) and is co-editor of the recent Climate Change and Cities Assessment (ARC3) Report published by Cambridge University Press. He has served as the co-leader of several climate impacts studies in the greater New York and New Jersey region, including the New York City on Panel on Climate Change (NPCC).

    An urban risk specialist, he has senior responsibility for WP1, junior responsibility for synthesis in WP5 and leads the New York case study.

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    Masumi Yamamuro

    Masumi Yamamuro with role in the consortium as a co-lead on scenario methodology and lead, Tokyo case study, is a Principal Investigator. Yamamuro is a Professor at The University of Tokyo Natural Environmental Studies, with area of research in Biogeochemistry. Yamamuro has been studying bio-element cycles in shallow waters such as coastal lagoons, sea grass beds, coral reefs, mountain lakes and lakes in the Antarctic.

    Her studies have expanded to chemicals in waters, and she serves as councillor of Japan Society of Endocrine Disrupters Research. Due to her broad knowledge, she works on the editorial boards of ISI journals such as Aquatic Biology and Landscape and Ecological Engineering.

    Dr. Yamamuro has published in top journals such as Limnology and Oceanography, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Atmospheric Environment, Precambrian Research and Palaeogeography. A coastal and aquatic modeller, she has junior responsibility for WP3 and leads the Tokyo study.