Mark Howden

Professor Mark Howden is Director of the Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University. His work has focussed on climate impacts on systems we value (including agriculture and food security, the natural resource base, ecosystems and biodiversity, energy, water and urban systems) and on incremental to transformational adaptations to these impacts. He has also developed GHG emission inventory methods and sustainable mitigation options. Mark has partnered with many industry, community and policy groups via both research and science-policy roles and has over 400 publications. He has been a major contributor to the IPCC since 1991 now being a Vice Chair of IPCC Working Group 2.

In his own words...

A decade ago it was increasingly clear to me that incremental adaptation alone will not be enough to deal with the scale and rapidity of climate change interacting with other change processes and that more systemic and transformative adaptation will be needed. We have researched transformational adaptation, developing a theoretical basis for this and then testing this through working with individuals, enterprises and communities who are transforming so as to understand the processes of such adaptation and what can help and hinder. The calls for and need for informed and wise transformational adaptation has only increased over that period.

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