Robert James Nicholls
Robert Nicholls has studied coastal problems and their solution for the last 30 years. Much of his work has focussed on climate change in coastal areas, especially the potential impacts and the possible adaptation responses necessitating an interdisciplinary approach. A distinctive dimension has been consideration of the coastal zone as a series of interacting systems which facilitates policy analysis. He has been the PI of two major ODA-compliant projects focussed on integrated assessment and development of deltas: (1) ESPA Deltas and (2) DECCMA. He has advised national governments (e.g., UK, Netherlands, Bangladesh, Singapore, the Maldives) and intergovernmental organisations (e.g., OECD) on climate change and coastal issues, including as a lead author to five reports of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change assessment process, and a review editor in the most recent (2014) assessment. He currently co-leads the World Climate Research Programme Sea-Level Rise Grand Challenge to deliver sea-level science to support better coastal impact and adaptation assessment and is a member of the ASCE/COPRI Coastal Engineering Research Council. He has a longstanding interest in the legacy of coastal waste disposal in the coastal zone which represents a major problem in the UK and globally.