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04/29/2009

Palutikof to lead national climate change adaptation research

Appointment of the new National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) Director will greatly enhance climate change and environmental research capability in Australia.

The facility, hosted at Queensland’s Griffith University, will harness nationwide multi-disciplinary expertise in advancing climate change adaptation knowledge.

The new Director, Professor Jean Palutikof, managed the five-year preparation of the report Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability while working for the Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working group in the UK.

The report analysed current, observed and projected future impacts of climate change by sector and region, and looked at adaptation and mitigation response strategies as well as their interrelationships with sustainable development.

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Professor Lesley Johnson said she was delighted to have Professor Palutikof from the UK leading NCCARF. 

"Her outstanding international reputation in climate change research and policy credentials make her an ideal recruit to lead our National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility," Professor Johnson said.
Professor Johnson said in addition to having a global view of current climate change adaptation research, Professor Palutikof had extensive experience in executive roles.

She has served as Climate Research Unit Director and Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia before undertaking her important work for the IPCC.

Professor Johnson said Griffith held a long-standing national and international reputation in environmental sciences research with one of the largest group of environmental professionals of any university in Australia.

“Since establishing Australia's first university School of Environmental Studies 30 years ago, Griffith's national leadership in climate change adaptation research underpins its success in leading the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility,” she said.

The NCCARF partners include the Queensland Climate Change Centre of Excellence, the Queensland Department of Emergency Services and eight universities across Australia: James Cook University, Macquarie University, Murdoch University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Newcastle, University of Southern Queensland and University of the Sunshine Coast.

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