National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility

National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility

Level 4, Building G39
Griffith University Gold Coast Campus
Parklands Drive, Southport
Tel: 07 5552 9333
Fax: 07 5552 7333

Postal Address:

National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
Griffith University Gold Coast Campus
QLD 4222, Australia

Professor Jean Palutikof


Phone: +61 7 5552 7734

Professor Jean Palutikof is Director of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility at Griffith University. She took up the role in October 2008, having previously managed the production of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report for Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability), while based at the UK Met Office.

Prior to joining the Met Office, she was a Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences, and Director of the Climatic Research Unit, at the University of East Anglia, UK, where she worked from 1979 to 2004, and a Lecturer at the Department of Geography, University of Nairobi, Kenya, from 1974 to 1979.

Her 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. Her proudest moment to date was attending the ceremony in 2007 at which the IPCC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr David Rissik

Deputy Director (General Manager)

Phone: +61 7 5552 8247

Dave is an environmental scientist with 20 years experience in water quality, estuarine and marine ecology, and natural resource management. He has a strong interest in the use of science to inform mangement and policy and works hard to ensure that this occurs. Dave has a PhD in biological sciences from the University of NSW.

He has experience in overseeing large research projects that are integrative in nature, and continues to be part of ARC Linkage Project teams. He has works in NSW and Queensland governments and held adjunct positions at UNSW, Sydney University and Griffith University.

Dave is a President of the Australasian Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientist. NCCARF provides an opportunity for Dave to use his experience and skills to ensure that work we do with our partners contributes strongly to the capacity of Australians to adapt to climate change and to assist researchers to build skills in the area of synthesis and integration.

Dr Sarah Boulter

Research Fellow

Phone: +61 7 3735 6594

Dr Sarah Boulter is a research fellow with NCCARF. In this role, Sarah has been involved in the research, development and synthesis of knowledge to support adaptation planning and management across all sectors. In particular her work has focused on extreme events and the lessons for adaptation, assessment of forest vulnerability and policy guidance. Before joining NCCARF she held roles at Griffith University researching the impacts of climate change on plant reproduction and biodiversity in forests and with the Queensland state government in science communication and policy related to vegetation management and impact assessment in Moreton Bay.

Dr Fahim Nawroz Tonmoy

Research Fellow

Phone: +61 7 5552 7229

Fahim is a Research Fellow at NCCARF. He works in the interface of engineering, science and policy and develop insights, tools and data products to support policy makers in increasing disaster resilience of infrastructure systems. Fahim is specialised in data analysis and modelling of disaster events (coastal flooding, sea level rise) and their impacts on critical infrastructure. His works attempt to help local governments, infrastructure operators, businesses and coastal communities in better managing disaster risks though building their resilience. Throughout his career Fahim has worked with different tiers of governments, infrastructure operators and a range of private sector businesses in assisting them understanding their climate change risks and develop plan for adaptation.

With a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Sydney’ Fahim is specialised in resilience, climate change adaptation planning, risk and vulnerability assessments specifically that are focused on infrastructure systems. Over the last 12 years he has worked extensively both in academia as well as in engineering industry in multiple countries. He is one of the main contributors of Australia’s national climate change adaptation tool CoastAdapt.

Marilee Campbell

Senior Research Assistant



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