Robert Nicholls

Robert Nicholls

ProfessorUniversity of Southhampton
Robert Nicholls

Robert Nicholls' research concerns long-term coastal engineering and management, especially the issues of coastal impacts and adaptation to climate change, with an emphasis on sea-level rise. This includes lead authorship of chapters in five reports of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), contributions to the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, and leadership of the coastal research theme in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. He is one of the principal developers of the DIVA (Dynamic Interactive Vulnerability Assessment) which has been used in both research and in policy development, including the European Union, UNFCCC and the World Bank. He has lead two OECD papers on climate change, including a global assessment of flood exposure in large port cities, which led to a global flood risk assessment of coastal cities. Recently he led the NERC-funded iCOASST Project (2012-2016) which concerned “Predicting Long-term Coastal Geomorphological Evolution”, and the Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) study on “Assessing Health, Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services And Poverty Alleviation In Populous Deltas” (2012-2016), based in coastal Bangladesh. He currently leads the “Deltas, Vulnerability & Climate Change: Migration & Adaptation” (DECCMA) project (2013-2018), considers adaptation and migration in deltas in Bangladesh, India and Ghana and is contributing to the EPSRC Project on Shipping in Changing Climates, considered ports under rising sea levels. He was awarded the Roger Revelle Medal by the IOC in 2008.