The DECCMA Team

 

UoG

Institute: University of Ghana

Profile: The University of Ghana was founded as the University College of the Gold Coast by Ordinance on August 11, 1948 for the purpose of providing and promoting university education, learning and research. It currently has a mission to develop world-class human resource and capabilities to meet national development needs and global challenges through quality teaching, learning, research and knowledge dissemination. The University has an enrolment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and international students. Comprising of three campuses, the University of Ghana offers academic learning and research through its four colleges. In addition, UG encompasses a number of research institutes and centres, libraries, administrative offices and other support services. Located in the University of Ghana and currently under the College of Humanities, the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) was established in 1972 jointly by the United Nations in partnership with the Government of Ghana. Since its establishment, the Institute has served as a regional centre for teaching and research training at the post-graduate level of population scientists in English-speaking countries in Africa. Currently, the institute has an internationally recognized doctoral training programme of the highest repute, and the programme has at its core an extramurally-funded research mission that supports the various aspects of RIPS’ work which includes research in demography, population dynamics and climate change.

Website– www.ug.edu.gh

Name: Prof. Samuel Nii Ardey Codjoe

Organisation: Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), University of Ghana

Contact: scodjoe@ug.edu.gh

Profile: Prof. Samuel Nii Ardey Codjoe is a Professor of Population Studies and the Director of the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), University of Ghana, Legon. His research areas include population-environment nexus, migration, fertility, climate change/variability and its impact on urban and rural livelihoods. Prof. Codjoe is the PI for Ghana on the DECCMA Project.

 

Name: Associate Professor Kwasi Appeaning Addo

Organisation: Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences, University of Ghana

Contact: kappeaningaddo@ug.edu.gh

Profile: Associate Professor Kwasi Appeaning Addo is a senior lecturer in coastal processes in the Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences, University of Ghana. His research areas include coastal vulnerability index to sea level rise, coastal erosion, climate change impacts, and shoreline change monitoring. Kwasi has published extensively in his area of research. Dr. Appeanning Addo is the Deputy PI for Ghana on the DECCMA Project.

 

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Name: Mrs Gertrude Domfeh Owusu

Organisation: University of Ghana

Contact: geowusu@ug.edu.gh

Profile: Gertrude Owusu holds an MA in International Studies (specialisation - Women and Development) from Ewha Woman's University in South Korea. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with Linguistics from the University of Ghana, Legon. She has previously worked with ABANTU for Development, a gender rights and policy advocacy organisation, as the Governance Programme Manager. As part of the DECCMA team, she is responsible for co-ordinating the day-to-day activities of work packages within the DECCMA project in Ghana.

 

Name: Dr. Cynthia Addoquaye Tagoe

Organisation: Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana

Contact: caddoquayetagoe@ug.edu.gh

Profile: Dr Cynthia Addoquaye Tagoe is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana, Legon. Her research interests and experience are in migration, decentralization, participatory approaches to governance, institutions and gender issues, and she is currently focusing on Work Packages 1 and 3 on the DECCCMA project.

 

Name: Dr. Barnabas Amisigo

Organisation: Water Research Institute of the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (WRI - CSIR)

Contact: barnyy2002@yahoo.co.uk

Profile: Dr. Barnabas Amisigo is a Hydrologist/Water Resources Engineer with interests in hydrological modelling and integrated Water Resources Planning and management research, modelling the impacts of climate and environmental change on river basin water resources, data assimilation in hydrology, operational streamflow forecasting and flood and drought risk assessments in river basins. Dr. Amisigo is the Ghana lead on Work Package 5 on the DECCMA Project.

 

Name: Dr. Benjamin Kofi Nyarko

Organisation: Department of Geography & Regional Planning, University of Cape Coast (UCC)

Contact: bnyarko@ucc.edu.gh

Profile: Dr. Benjamin Kofi Nyarko is a Senior Lecturer and a Physical Geographer at the Department of Geography & Regional Planning, University of Cape Coast. His research interest is in fluvial geomorphology and application of spatial techniques in fluvial dynamics. Dr. Nyarko will be working on Work Package 5 on the DECCMA Project.

 

Name: Dr. Prince Osei-Wusu Adjei

Organisation: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST)

Contact: poadjei.cass@knust.edu.gh

Profile: Dr. Prince Osei-Wusu Adjei holds a PhD in Geography and Rural Development. His research interest and experiences are on Local Governance and Rural Development, Livelihoods and Poverty Studies. He is currently a Lecturer at the Department of Geography and Rural Development, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana. Dr. Adjei is the Ghana lead on Work Package 4 on the DECCMA Project.

 

Name: Dr. Joseph Kwadwo Asenso

Organisation: Ministry of Finance & Economic Planning (MOFEP)

Contact: joekas75@yahoo.com

Profile: Joseph is the Head of the Energy/Oil and Gas Unit of the Real Sector Division, Ministry of Finance. He is responsible for the annual projection of Government's petroleum revenue, reporting on petroleum revenues and general coordination of petroleum revenue-related activities. He also coordinates the national GDP projection exercise. Dr. Asenso will be focussing on Work Package 4 on the DECCMA Project.

 

Name: Mrs. Francisca Martey

Organisation: Ghana Meteorological Services Department

Contact: f.martey@meteo.gov.gh

Profile: Mrs. Francisca Martey is a Senior Meteorologist and Researcher in the Research Department of the Ghana Meteorological Agency and has expertise on issues of climate change, climate variabilities and climate scenarios in Ghana. She is also interested in Numerical Weather Prediction models for nowcasting and seasonal forecasting. Francisca is working on Work Package 2 on the DECCMA project.

 

Name: Mr. Winfred Nelson

Organisation: National Development Planning Commission (NDPC)

Contact: winfrednelson@ndpc.gov.gh

Profile: Mr. Winfred A. Nelson holds an MPhil Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK and is a member of the Ghana Institute of Planners. He is currently a Deputy Director at the National Development Planning Commission responsible for the mainstreaming of environment issues into the national development planning and budgeting processes. Winfred will be working on Work Package Work Package 1 on the DECCMA project.

 

Name: Dr. Adelina Mensah

Organisation: Institute for Environmental and Sanitation Studies (IESS)

Contact: ammensah@staff.ug.edu.gh

Profile: Dr. Adelina Mensah is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies, University of Ghana. Her main areas of research include the varying complexities of inland and coastal aquatic systems, including inter-linkages with socio-economic drivers and sustainable management; and vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. Dr. Mensah is the Work Package 6 Lead for Ghana on the DECCMA Project.

 

Name: Prof. Ofori-Danson Patrick Kwabena

Organisation: Department of Marine and Fisheries, University of Ghana

Contact: ofdan@ug.edu.gh

Profile: Prof. Ofori-Danson is a fisheries resource scientist with an interest in fisheries assessment and management. He was awarded the 2010 best teacher award for the sciences from the University of Ghana. As a member of the National Biodiversity Committee he has been involved in many policy decisions concerned with aquatic wildlife conservation issues to the Ghana government. Prof. Kwabena is working on Work Package 4 on the DECCMA Project.

 

Name: Mr. Philip-Neri Jayson Quashigah

Organisation: University of Ghana

Contact: pnjquashigah@gmail.com

Profile: Philip-Neri Jayson-Quashigah is a PhD student in the Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences, University of Ghana, with skills in coastal zone monitoring using remote sensing and GIS. He holds an MPhil in Environmental Science and is currently researching on delta morphodynamics on the DECCMA Project.

 

Name: Mr. Donatus Yaw Atiglo

Organisation: University of Ghana

Contact: yawatiglo@gmail.com

Profile: Yaw Donatus Atiglo is a PhD student in Population Studies at the Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana with research experience on gendered dynamics and reproductive health. His current research interests include vulnerability to environmental change, trapped populations, migration and gendered population dynamics on the DECCMA Project.

 

Name: Mr. Kirk Anderson

Organisation: University of Ghana

Contact: kandersongh@gmail.com

Profile: Kirk E. Anderson is a demographer with eight years' experience, particularly in the area of fertility. He is a PhD candidate on the DECCMA Project with research interest in the climate change adaptation options available to individuals within the Volta Delta in the context of demographic, cultural and socio-economic change.

 

Name: Samuel Kweku Konney Amponsah

Organisation: University of Ghana

Contact: samuelamponsah09@gmail.com

Profile: Samuel Amponsah is a post-graduate (MPhil) student in Fisheries Sciences at the Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences, University of Ghana with research interest in Fisheries stock assessment, fisheries socio-economics drivers and ocean acidification. He is a research assistant for Work Package 4 on the DECCMA Project.

 

Name: Jennifer Ayamga

Organisation: University of Ghana

Contact: jenega@yahoo.com

Profile: Jennifer Ayamga holds an MPhil in Environmental Science and is currently a PhD candidate in Environmental Science on the DECCMA project. Her research interest is in climate change and integrated assessment of sensitivity, exposures of communities and their adaptive capacity of socio-economic and biophysical systems to climate change in Volta Delta.

 

Name: Mrs. Gwendolene Asare-Konadu

Organisation: RIPS, University of Ghana

Contact: gwen.asarekonadu@gmail.com

Profile: Gwendolene Asare-Konadu is a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) and Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana (ICAG). She has worked on several donor-funded projects and has been responsible for multi-fund budgets ranging from $10,000 to $1,400,000. She is currently on the DECCMA team as Project Accountant.

 

Name: Dr Mumuni Abu

Organisation: RIPS, University of Ghana

Contact: Abumus2009@gmail.com

Profile: Dr. Mumuni Abu is a lecturer at the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), University of Ghana, where he teaches and provides mentorship to students in the area of technical and social demography. His interest areas are population projections and estimations; climate change, migration and health and is a research scientist (WP3) on the DECCMA project.

 

Name:Dr Emmanuel Ekow Asmah

Organisation: University of Cape Coast

Contact: easmah@ucc.edu.gh

Profile: Beyond working as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics, UCC for the past fifteen years, Dr. Emmanuel Ekow Asmah is a visiting lecturer and a network member of the Africa Economic Research Consortium and has in the past worked with the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings (US) as a Research Fellow and an Intern Macroeconomist with the World Bank Tanzania Office. His broad interests are in the Drivers of Development in Africa mainly using household survey data and SAM-Based Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Modelling Approaches. On the DECCMA project, Dr. Asmah supports the WP4 team involved in the economic modelling of the impacts of climate change, with specific tasks ranging from the construction and calibration of delta level input-output (IO) to assistance in the prediction of prices of tradable agricultural commodities and other key outputs under different climate scenarios for 2030, 2060 and 2100.

 

Name:Dr. Clifford Amoako

Organisation: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Contact: camoako.cap@knust.edu.gh

Profile: Dr. Clifford Amoako is a lecturer at the Department of Planning, KNUST- Kumasi, Ghana. He holds a PhD in Geography and Environmental Science from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) and an M.Phil degree in Planning from The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, the same university where he obtained his B.Sc. Planning with First Class Honours. His research and professional persuasions, which date back to 2001, have been in urban and regional development planning, contemporary issues in climate change adaptation, community vulnerability and emerging responses to climate variability. He is capable of blending participatory appraisal techniques with structured methodologies to elicit stakeholder concerns on development projects in both urban and rural settings. He has full understanding of both local and international legislations/ protocols and concepts that guide the preparation of Environmental Impact Assessments and Project Monitoring and Evaluation systems. Clifford comes on board as the Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E) expert for the six work packages under the DECCMA project in the Volta Delta in Ghana. His key contribution is to produce and help implement an M&E system that defines standards, tracks project approaches and methods; and ensures participatory monitoring and evaluation of project achievements, results and impacts by all stakeholders. In achieving these tasks, he plays a catalyst role to support building M&E capacity, and together with the project team in Ghana, implement the M&E system, recommending adjustments to project efforts where necessary.

 

JU

Institute: Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

Profile:

Established in 1955, Jadavpur University is a Unitary University with 4 Faculties (Arts, Science, Engineering & Technology and Interdisciplinary Studies), 37 Academic departments, 21 Schools of Interdisciplinary Research and 41 Interdisciplinary Research Centres including SYLFF programme. Jadavpur University ranked 1st in India by p-index of research papers (SCOPUS). NESTA, UK’s innovation foundation, ranked Jadavpur as leading research institution in their list of 21 institutes with global research accomplishments (in terms of at least 200 top decile papers) during 2001-2010, while SCIMAGO Institutional Ranking (2012) adjudged as 2nd best among universities in India.  Originating in the anti-colonial National Council of Education (1906) to “achieve self-reliance through empowerment of youth by imparting the best of global knowledge, technical education, and awareness of social, cultural, political, economic realities of the state, the nation and the world” Jadavpur University has consistently set new frontiers in science, technology, humanities and social science innovation and outreach, and established unique interdisciplinary schools and centres. It has provided research and policy support for state and national governments and international bodies, and conventional and non-conventional technological development for society at large, including both established industries and disadvantaged groups, through innovation and adaptation. It is also deeply engaged in the development and validation of different types of indigenous knowledge. The university has been pursuing R&D and unique inventions in multiple areas of strategic importance with potential for local, national and global knowledge enhancement and social change. Building on these strengths, Jadavpur is now rightly poised to make a quantum leap to the level of an Innovation University.

 

Name: Dr. Sugata Hazra

Organisation: Jadavpur University

Contact: sugata_hazra@yahoo.com

Profile: Dr. Sugata Hazra, Director, School of Oceanographic Studies, Jadavpur University, has been involved with researches on Oceanic Resources & Coastal Management, Climate Change and Populous Deltas, Petroleum Potential of Fold thrust belts, Tsunamis & Coastal Disaster, Marine Fishing Zone Prediction & validation, Carbon Flux Estimation and many others. A member of XVIth Indian Antarctic Expedition, he has also done pioneering work on vulnerability and impact of Climate Change in Indian Sundarban. He established the full scale Remote Sensing and GIS Laboratory at the SOS, JU in 2003 and has been working as PI of various scientific projects of Government and NGOs.

 

Name: Dr. Tuhin Ghosh

Organisation: Jadavpur University

Contact: tuhin_ghosh@yahoo.com

Profile: Dr. Tuhin Ghosh, faculty member of School of Oceanographic Studies, Jadavpur University has research interests in coastal geomorphology, disaster management, ICZM, socio-ecological research along with climate change impacts and possible adaptation strategies. Engaged in research since 1994 Tuhin has a number of publications and books to his name. Currently Dr. Ghosh is the Indian Lead of two international projects working in both the Indian and Bangladesh Sundarban and Mahanadi delta in Odisha.

 

Name: Sumana Banerjee

Organisation: Jadavpur University

Contact: sumana.ju.deccma@gmail.com

Profile: Sumana Banerjee is an MA in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University. Apart from working as a manager for a firm, she has also worked as a copywriter in an advertising agency. Finding the challenge of managerial tasks more appealing, she is currently working as the Project Coordinator for DECCMA India.

 

Name: Dr. Rabindra Nath Bhattacharya

Organisation: Jadavpur University

Contact: rnbeco@gmail.com

Profile: Dr. Bhattacharya has a PhD in Economics (Utah State University, USA) and he has five decades of teaching experience in Indian & international institutes (including SANDEE). With many publications in leading national and international journals, he has also edited a book on Environmental Economics, Oxford University Press, India. He is involved in WP4 of DECCMA.

 

Name: Dr. Anirban Mukhopadhyay

Organisation: Jadavpur University

Contact: anirban_iirs@yahoo.com

Profile: Dr. Anirban Mukhopadhyay has a Masters in Marine Science, M.Tech in Remote Sensing & GIS and Ph.D and is an Environmental Modeller. He has more than six years research experience on different fields of remote sensing and GIS, hazard and vulnerability modelling, land cover modelling and Ecosystem Services. For DECCMA, Dr. Mukhopadhyay's research focuses on climate change hotspot mapping and understanding vulnerability to climatic hazards. Using satellite and census data along with field survey, he analyses climatic trend, land use and land cover changes and vulnerability to determine where migration is likely to happen in the future.

 

Name: Dr. Somnath Hazra

Organisation: Jadavpur University

Contact: somu.durg@gmail.com

Profile: Dr. Somnath Hazra is a young Environmental Researcher and has a Ph.D in Forest Economics with 14 years of research experience in Climate Change, ecological economics and development economics. His main areas of interests are Policy and field level research, analysis and NRM research and climate change Adaptation and modelling. For the DECCMA project, he is involved in Work Package 4 and Work package 6. Adaptation Policy review and policy gap analysis and climatic economic modelling interest him, apart from understanding the existing and emergent trends of migration.

 

Name: Amit Ghosh

Organisation: Jadavpur University

Contact: ghoshamitag@gmail.com

Profile: Amit Ghosh is a Doctoral Fellow in the School of Oceanographic Studies, Jadavpur University. He works for the Environmental Management Group of CSIR-CIMFR. Mr. Ghosh received his Masters in Remote Sensing and GIS from Vidyasagar University. His research interest focuses on Geoinformatics based environmental modelling. For the DECCMA Project Mr. Ghosh is involved in research on vulnerability, hazards, and climate change hotspot mapping which are parts of WP2.

 

Name: Shouvik Das

Organisation: Jadavpur University

Contact: geo.shk@gmail.com

Profile: Shouvik Das is a Doctoral Fellow at the School of Oceanographic Studies, Jadavpur University and has completed his M.Sc. (Geography) from Calcutta University and M.Phil. (Oceanography and Coastal Management) from JU. He has worked as JRF (SIS-DP Project) in DST, GoWB. His research interests are geo-informatics, statistical data analysis and social surveys. Within the DECCMA project, he is working on WP2 and WP3. His research area is migration in the context of vulnerability.

 

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Name: Subhajit Ghosh

Organisation: Jadavpur University

Contact: subhajitghosh08@gmail.com

Profile: Subhajit Ghosh is a Junior Researcher at the School of Oceanographic Studies, Jadavpur University. Having a B.Tech degree in Computer Science & Engineering, he is also trained in Remote Sensing & GIS application (PG Dip). He has more than five years' experience for providing technical support in various national and international research projects in the field of Image processing, Spatial programming, data analysis and numerical modelling. He is also trained in handling various hydrographic survey instruments. Subhajit is part of the WP5 DECCMA team and will provide technical support for designing and testing the model framework.

CED

Institute: Centre for Environment and Development, India

Profile: Set up in 1997, the Centre for Environment and Development (CED) has grown into an interdisciplinary base as an autonomous civil society organization. Founded with an endowment, CED has focused its attention to the areas of action research, analytical reporting, preparation of integrated management plan, environment impact assessment and auditing, imparting training policy research and publications. CED works in the fields of Ecological Impact Analysis of Development Projects, Integrated Management of Natural Resources, Biodiversity Conservation, Sustainable Development, Coastal Zone Management and Impacts of Climate Change. CED provides professional services in the form of analytical research and consultancy.

 

Name: Dr. Asish Kumar Ghosh

Organisation: Centre for Environment and Development, Kolkata

Contact: cedkolkata@yahoo.com

Profile: Dr. Asish Ghosh, Founder-Director of CED, had his education at the University of Calcutta and University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. He has served Government of India for 24 yrs under the Department of Science and Technology and later under Ministry of Environment and Forest in different capacities.

 

Name: Farha Naaz

Organisation: Centre for Environment and Development, Kolkata

Contact: farhanaaz603@gmail.com

Profile: Farha Naaz has a Master's in 'International course in Human Rights' from the University of Calcutta. She also has work experience of one year in the area of "Juvenile Justice"(UNICEF) and "Addressing the concerns of women admitted into Psychiatric Institutions in India" (National Commission For Women). Ms Naaz will be working on WP6 on the DECCMA project.

 

Name: Sukanya Banerjee

Organisation: Centre for Environment and Development, Kolkata

Contact: deutschland.sukanya@gmail.com

Profile: Sukanya Banerjee completed her undergraduate studies with Geography (Hons.) from Loreto College, Kolkata and M.Sc. in "International Course in Human Rights" from University of Calcutta. She worked as a research investigator in a UNICEF funded child rights project at WBNUJS, Kolkata and as a "Gandhi Fellow" at Kaivalya Education Foundation at Surat, Gujarat. Ms Banerjee will be working on WP3 on the DECCMA project.

Chilika

Institute: Chilika Development Authority, Orrisa, India

Profile: Chilika Development Authority (CDA) was created under the administrative control of the Forest and Environment Department, Government of Orissa, in 1992 for restoring the lake ecosystem and sustainable management of the lake resources. CDA undertook several measures for Lake Remediation, most important of which was a major hydrological intervention in the form of opening a new mouth to restore its hydrological regime. This resulted in restoration of the lake ecosystem, improvement of salinity regime, enhancement of fish landing, decrease of invasive species and improvement of livelihoods of communities. Owing to this, the prestigious Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award was awarded to the CDA in 2002.

 

Name: Dr. Ajit Kumar Pattnaik

Organisation: Chilika Development Authority, Bhubaneswar

Contact: ajitpattnaik13@gmail.com

Profile: Dr. A.K. Pattnaik has done his PhD on phytodiversity of Chilika Lake, a Ramsar site of India and Diploma on ICZM, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. He has expertise in coastal zone and wetland management . Presently he is the Chief Executive of CDA & Project Director of World Bank funded ICZM Project, Orissa.

 

Name: Dr. Rabindro Nath Samal

Organisation: Chilika Development Authority, Bhubaneswar

Contact: rnsamal09@gmail.com

Profile: Dr. Rabindro Nath Samal has a PhD in Oceanography, Dept. of Marine Sciences, Berhampur University. He is a Scientific Officer at Chilika Development Authority, Department of Forest and Environment Govt. of Odisha. His research interests include Remote Sensing & GIS application in Wetland Management, Coastal processes studies and Integrated Lake Basin Management. He is involved in WP2 and WP1 of DECCMA.

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Institute: National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC)

Profile: National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) is a constituent of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It is responsible for satellite data acquisition, processing and dissemination from various Indian and foreign satellites, aerial surveys and large scale mapping services. This provides geospatial solutions to various user agencies and Outreach through training, workshops, student projects & promotional activities, related to remote sensing applications at a regional and national level.

Website:www.nrsc.gov.in

 

Name:Dr P G Diwakar

Organisation: National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC)

Contact: pgdiwakar@nrsc.gov.in

Profile: Dr. Diwakar, Deputy Director, RSAA, NRSC, is a Doctorate in Participatory Geomatics with research interests in Digital Image Processing, Geospatial Technologies, Software & System Design and Societal Applications of Space Technology. He delivered important applications solutions like Bhuvan Web Portal. The recipient of many awards, he has publications to his credit.

 

Name:Mr P V Raju

Organisation: National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC)

Contact: raju_pv@nrsc.gov.in

Profile: Mr. Raju, Head, Water Resources Monitoring & Assessment Division is a Civil Engineer with Post Graduation in Hydro-Mechanics and Water Management. Having played key roles in Satellite Remote Sensing and GIS applications to Water Resources Development and Management, his areas of expertise include Hydrological Modelling, Water Resources Assessment and Climate Change.

 

Name:Sunil S Kulkarni

Organisation: National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC)

Contact: sunilskulkarni@nrsc.gov.in

Profile: Sunil S Kulkarni has expertise in effective utilization of Space Enabled Geo-Information for Disaster Management. He is a Scientist/Engineer by profession & works with dynamic teams at NRSC in various National projects with scientific dimension. Sunil will be significantly contributing in WP2 & WP5 on the DECCMA project.

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Institute: Sansristi

Profile: Founded in 2005 by academics and activists to form a think tank, Sansristi envisioned supporting women in their efforts for collaborating with each other. Sansristi stresses on real world analysis and a concern for the living standards for women to produce quality research based on critical analyses and women's voices. The research areas include women's perspective of Development induced displacement; migration and its impact on women; conflict affected women; gender budgeting; globalization & media; maternity protection; land rights of women; discrimination against the girl child, women's movement in Orissa, Gender mainstreaming of Resettlement & Rehabilitation, Women Self Help Groups etc.

 

Name: Prof. Asha Hans

Organisation: Sansristi

Contact: sansristi2016deccma@gmail.com

Profile: Prof Asha Hans is the President of Sansristi and former Professor of Political Science and Founder Director School of Women's Studies Utkal University; Co-Chair Pakistan India People's Forum for Peace and Security. Recent publications include The Gender Imperative: co-ed Prof Betty Reardon (Routeledge 2010) and Disability Gender and the Trajectories of Power (Sage 2015).

 

Name: Dr Amrita Patel

Organisation: Sansristi

Contact: sansristi2016deccma@gmail.com

Profile: Dr Amrita Patel is a researcher, trainer and teacher of Women's Studies. She has conducted research work on land rights, displacement, migration, women's self-help groups, declining child sex ratio, unorganised worker, among various other subjects. She is a lead trainer and researcher on Gender Budgeting.

 

Name: Jasmine Giri

Organisation: Sansristi

Contact: sansristi2016deccma@gmail.com

Profile: Jasmine Giri has an MA and M. Phil in Sociology from Sambalpur University, Odisha. She has previously done research on migration and women; MGNREGS and child nutrition and project management on livelihood. Ms Giri will be a research fellow on the DECCMA project.

 

Former Team Members

 

Name: Dr. Nilanjan Ghosh

Organisation: Jadavpur University

Contact: nilanjan.ghosh@gmail.com

Profile: Dr. Nilanjan Ghosh is a Senior Fellow (Professor) at Observer Research Foundation, Kolkata Chapter, he is also Senior Advisor in Environmental Economics at World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature, New Delhi, India. A natural resource economist and econometrician by training, he was a faculty member at TERI University and has many publications to his name. He is involved in WP4 of DECCMA.

 

Name: Anchita Ghatak

Organisation: Parichiti

Contact: anchita.ghatak@gmail.com

Profile: Anchita Ghatak is the Secretary of Parichiti - A Society for Empowerment of Women and an independent consultant on Gender and Women's Rights, Child Rights, Labour Rights, Policy Reform and Health. She has been part of research projects on rights of women domestic workers, education of girls and women's safety and mobility. She is working with DECCMA India to ensure that gender is incorporated in its workings.

 

Name: Ms Sunita Dey

Organisation: Centre for Environment and Development, Kolkata

Contact: cedkolkata@yahoo.com

Profile: M.Sc in Environment Science from BVIEER, Pune and eventually established an interest in the related field. Sunita has received the Junior Research Fellowship in DECCMA, and her focused areas are Adaptation & Governance Systems.

 

Name: Ms Clare Lizamit Samling

Organisation: Centre for Environment and Development, Kolkata

Contact: cedkolkata@yahoo.com

Profile: Clare Lizamit Samling is a Ph.D Research Fellow at the Centre for Environment and Development, Kolkata. She has attained her Masters in Sociology from Jadavpur University and has been involved in various social surveys and research. Her involvement in the DECCMA project is on Migration and Governance Systems.

BUET

 

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka

 

Profile: The Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM) is a premier institute at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) for the advancement of knowledge and capacity development in water and flood management through its unique academic and research programs. The mission of the institute is to promote integrated water resources management (IWRM), and to generate knowledge through basic and applied researches, to share knowledge and expertise with other organisations and to develop professionals in water management with multi-disciplinary backgrounds.The multi-disciplinary postgraduate degree programs are aimed at engineers, planners, hydrologists, agriculturists, physical and social scientists, designed with a multi-disciplinary course curriculum blending engineering, agricultural, socio-economic and environmental analyses.  Research activities of the institute focus on priority areas in water management, with major emphasis on water resources management in floodplain environment, river and coastal hydraulics, wetland hydrology, hazard management, urban water management, irrigation and water management, environmental impact of water development, water resources policy, and climate change. The Institute has undertaken a significant number of collaborative research projects and programs over the years with different local and international institutions, and has established a very good science-policy linkage with government ministries and departments of Bangladesh. Currently, the DECCMA project and the ESPA Deltas project are two of several other notable large research projects of IWFM, looking into the effects of climate change on delta region, and assessing the changing ecosystem services that deltas provide and their linkages with poverty alleviation respectively.

Website– www.buet.ac.bd.iwfm

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Name: Professor Md. Munsur Rahman

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: mmrahman@iwfm.buet.ac.bd

Profile: Professor Md. Munsur Rahman, during his 24-year professional career, has conducted research on morphological processes in tidal and non-tidal rivers, growth of char land resources and livelihood strategies, river-bank erosion protection and social response. Currently, he is leading several international collaborative research projects focusing on ecosystem service-poverty alleviation linkages, climate change vulnerability and adaptation in deltaic settings, and disaster prevention/mitigation measures against floods and storm surges, in which the fundamental approach integrated assessment of bio-physical and socio-economic processes. He is the Principal Investigator and lead WP5 for DECCMA.

 

Name: Prof. Mashfiques Salehin

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: mashfiqussalehin@iwfm.buet.ac.bd

Profile: Professor Mashfiqus Salehin has been working in both technical and interdisciplinary research areas, focusing on a variety of issues, including basin scale hydrologic modelling, hydrodynamics of exchange processes between river and groundwater, hydro geologic analysis of coastal aquifers, groundwater and seawater intrusion modelling, flood hazard, vulnerability and risk analysis, harmonization of multiple uses of water resources, assessment of ecosystem service-poverty alleviation linkages, biophysical vulnerability of coastal hazards and implications to water and food security, and trans boundary river water management. He is the Deputy Principal Investigator and lead WP1 for DECCMA.

 

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Name: Md Anisur Rahman Majumdar

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: coordinator.deccma.buet@gmail.com

Profile: Md. Anisur Rahman Majumdar is the Bangladesh Project Coordinator for DECCMA. Prior to this, Anis worked in different national and international organisations in administrative sectors and has completed his MBA at the University of Wales, Institute of Cardiff, in International Business. He is working in WP0 for DECCMA.

 

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Name: Prof. Rezaur Rahman

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: rezaur@iwfm.buet.ac.bd

Profile: Dr. Rezaur Rahman is a Professor at the Institute of Water and Flood Management at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He is a Civil Engineer by discipline with a research focus on water and environment. He was involved in the preparation of National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA), Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP) and UNFCCC 2nd country communication. Professor Rahman is acting co-lead for DECCMA’s work package 6, which will identify and evaluate feasible and acceptable planned and autonomous adaptations in the three deltas.

 

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Name: Prof. Anisul Haque

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: anisul@iwfm.buet.ac.bd

Profile: Prof. Anisul Haque is a Civil Engineer at BUET, Bangladesh specialising in Computational Fluid Dynamics. In his Ph.D from K.U. Leuven, Belgium, he worked on turbulence in stratified tidal medium. His main research interests are marine and estuarine processes, delta dynamics, basic hydraulics and numerical models. At present, he is working as a Professor at IWFM, BUET. In DECCMA, he is working in Work Package 2 where he is the joint country lead. The main objective of this Work Package is to understand and map biophysical factors affecting vulnerability. Under this objective, Hot Spot maps showing out migration for present day condition and for future climatic scenarios will be developed.

 

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Name: Prof. A Fazal M Saleh

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: saleh@iwfm.buet.ac.bd

Profile: Prof. A. Fazal M. Saleh is a water resources engineer with interest in irrigation and water management. He is involved in WP2 which deals with characterising the bio-physical impacts of climate change on agricultural production systems and land-use.

 

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Name: Prof. Shahjahan Mondal

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: mshahjahanmondal@iwfm.buet.ac.bd

Profile: Professor Shahjahan Mondal specialises in climate change and hydrology, agricultural water management, risk-based planning and water governance, has been involved in several national and regional collaborative action research and consultancy projects focusing peri-urban water security, urban vulnerability and adaptive capacity, disaster impact on agricultural value chain, and technical and socio-economic aspects of flood shelters. He has received formal training in IWRM and interdisciplinary field research methodology. Professor Mondal is mostly involved in work package 6, which is on adaptation, and currently looking at the adaptation practices in the GBM Delta. He is also involved in the governance component of work package 2.

 

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Name: Prof. Mohammed Abed Hossain

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: abed@iwfm.buet.ac.bd

Profile: Prof. Mohammed Abed Hossain is an environmental engineer with interest primarily on transport of pollutants in a multi-cascade system and climate change impact on environment. He has been involved in researches on industrial waste treatment, stochastic hydrological modelling, modelling of residual flow and salinity, etc. During his PhD at University of Tokyo, Abed investigated the competitive adsorption mechanisms of heavy metals in soil and sediments. Abed is a co-researcher in DECCMA’s work package 6. He is also involved in DECCMA’s work package 2 where he will deal with the GAEZ database development and maintenance, and handle meta data for the Bangladesh team. He is also involved in work package 1 in limited capacity.

 

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Name: Momtaz Jahan

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: momtaz.rumi@gmail.com

Profile: Momtaz Jahan is a Water Resources Engineer from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. She worked on the dumping characteristics of bank protection materials in her undergraduate thesis. She has worked on ESPA Deltas Project and Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre. Currently her main research interest is around different climate change issues in the water related sector. Momtaz Jahan is a Masters fellow and working for work package 2 and 5.

 

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Name: Rubaiya Kabir

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: orchi36@gmail.com

Profile: Rubaiya Kabir is a Civil Engineering from Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), Bangladesh. Her research study was on Management of Buriganga Watershed as a Bachelor degree thesis. Before joining DECCMA, Rubaiya worked in ESPA Deltas Project in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) as a Research Assistant. Her keen interest is to work and research in water sector. Rubaiya is working for DECCMA's work package 2, on hotspot map analysis and to quantify vulnerability weightage for various climate change parameter issues.

 

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Name: Meer Ahemed Tariqul Omar

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: anjoli3bd@yahoo.com

Profile: Meer Ahemed Tariqul Omar, PhD Fellow, DECCMA, completed his graduation in Urban and Rural Planning in 1996. He did his masters in Water Resources Management from the University of Adelaide in 2012. His dissertation was on Urban Water Balancing model for projected urban growth of Adelaide Metropolis for 2008-2038. Mr. Omar completed another Masters in Development Studies.

 

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Name: Muhammad Shahriar Shafayet Hossain

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: shahriar.buet08@gmail.com

Profile: Muhammad Shahriar Shafayet Hossain is a Masters Student of Water Resources Development in IWFM (BUET). He has graduated in Water Resources Engineering from BUET in 2014. His undergraduate thesis title is “A Study on the Morphological Changes of Rivers Around Vicinity of Chandpur Town & Assessment of Its Bank Protection Works”. His main fields of interest are River Engineering, Hydraulic Modelling and Coastal Zone Management. He is a Research Assistant, working on WP6 for the DECCMA Project.

 

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Name: Debanjali Saha

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: debanjalibuet@gmail.com

Profile: Debanjali Saha completed her B.Sc. degree in Water Resources Engineering at BUET. She is currently pursuing her M.Sc. degree in Water Resources Development in IWFM, BUET. She is conducting research on the prospect of dry season crops in the south-western coastal area of Bangladesh under climate change scenarios. Debanjali is working as a co-investigator in DECCMA’s Work Package 6.

 

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Name: Arif Chowdhuy

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: Arifchowdhury065@gmail.com

Profile: Arif Chowdhury has completed an honors program from Chittagong University. He is interested in research activities and would like to work in the environmental sectors. He is the founder co-ordinator of a non-governmental organisation named “Youth Volunteer of Environment” and attends several national and international programs. He is working as a research assistant on the DECCMA project.

 

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Name: Rabeya Akter

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: Rabeya343@gmail.com

Profile: Rabeya Akter is completing her Masters in Water Resource Development at the Institute of Water and Flood Management, BUET. Her research interests lie in the field of climate change related issues, remote sensing and GIS and Hydraulic and numeric modelling. She has worked as a Research Assistant at Post Graduate Disaster Management Program (PPDM) of BRAC University. Prior to this, she graduated from the Urban and Regional Planning Department of BUET. She is working in Work Package 2 of the DECCMA project.

 

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Name: Shamrita Zaman

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: chowdhuryshamrita@yahoo.com

Profile: Shamrita Zaman completed her B.Sc in Civil Engineering at Khulna University of Engineering and Technology. She has worked as an Assistant Engineer at a project named ECRRP, LGED, where she observed clearly how the people are distressed because of the naturally made climate disaster. She has an interest in research programs on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Her B.Sc thesis was on finding the degradation rate of organic waste mixing with compost. She is working under WP1 on the DECCMA project.

 

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Name: Md. Rashedul Islam

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: rashed_rakib@iwfm.buet.ac.bd

Profile: Md. Rashedul Islam has completed his B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering at BUET. He is currently pursuing his M.Sc. degree in Environmental Engineering in BUET. He is the project coordinator of the ESPA Deltas for Bangladesh. Rashed is working as a co-investigator in DECCMA’s Work Package 2 on hotspot map analysis and to quantify vulnerability weightage for various climate change parameter issues.

 

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Name: Shanjida Noor

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: Shanjida.noor.auw@gmail.com

Profile: Shanjida Noor is completing her post graduation in Water Resource Development at the Institute of Water and Flood Management (BUET). Prior to this she completed her graduation in Environmental Science from the Asian University for Women. Her thesis work was on 'Introducing feasible wastewater treatment process in Bangladesh using Trametes versicolor, sugarcane bagasse and water hyacinth". She has intense research interest on climate change issues, adaptation strategies, hydraulic and numeric modelling, Remote Sensing and GIS. She is working as a DECCMA research fellow on Fluvio-Tidal Flood and Survey Component (work package 2).

 

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Name: Delowar Hossain

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: delowar@student.sust.edu

Profile: Delowar Hossain is a Civil and Environmental Engineer from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology. Presently, he is pursuing his M.Sc. degree in Water Resources Development at the Institute of Water and Flood Management, BUET. His research interests are numerical modelling, GIS, remote sensing and hydrological modelling. He is working as a research assistant for the DECCMA project on WP2. His main task is to run the flow model and provide information about the fluvio-tidal flooding.

 

Manjurul Hussain Shourov

Name: Md. Manjurul Hussain Shourov

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: mmhs013@gmail.com

Profile: Md. Manjurul Hussain graduated in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh. Currently, he is doing his MSc in Water Resources Development at the Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM) of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh. His main fields of interest are statistical analysis, GIS, remote sensing and climate change. Md. Manjurul Hussain Shourov is a Research Assistant, working on WP5 for the DECCMA Project, which will develop methods to assess adaptation choices in deltas with a strong focus on migration.

 

Mahmida Tul Urmi

Name: Mahmida Tul Urmi

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: urmicee43@gmail.com

Profile: Mahmida Tul Urmi is a Civil and Environmental Engineer from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet. She is currently pursuing her M.Sc. Degree in Water Resource Development (WRD) from IWFM, BUET, Dhaka. Her main fields of interest are River and Coastal Morphology, Climate Change Impact on Water Resources, Hydrology and Climate modelling, etc. Mahmida Tul Urmi is a Research Assistant, working on WP2 for the DECCMA Project, which will examine the vulnerability, environmental stressors and hazards of a range of climate change and biophysically driven scenarios across the four study deltas.

 

Institute: Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU), University of Dhaka

Profile: Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU), an affiliate of the University of Dhaka, is a centre for migrant research, advocacy and training based at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.  Since its inception in 1995, RMMRU has worked diligently to illuminate the potential of migration to initiate pro-poor growth and poverty reduction in South Asia.  By cooperating with regional and global organisations, RMMRU continues to facilitate collaborative research that effectively integrates and links global migration discourse with regional grassroots programs in order to identify and eradicate the key issues affecting Bangladeshi migrants.  Additionally, RMMRU has engaged in over fifty primary research studies on refugees, internally displaced persons, stateless people, labour migrants and diaspora communities.  Through ongoing programs, media campaigns, and research projects, RMMRU hopes to promote the idea that a well-governed and informed migration system will reduce poverty and benefit both receiving and sending regions and that migration is an important livelihood strategy to move out of poverty.

Website: www.rmmru.org

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Name: Dr. Tasneem Siddiqui

Institute: RMMRU

Contact: tsiddiqui59@gmail.com

Profile: Tasneem Siddiqui is a Professor of Political Science and Chair of RMMRU at the University of Dhaka. Dr. Siddiqui’s recent work on migration and climate change has been published by the journal: Population and Environment and Edward Edgar. She was one of the key members that drafted the National “Overseas Employment Policy” and “Overseas Employment and Migration Act 2013” of Bangladesh. She is working as a co-investigator in WP3.

 

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Name: Mohammad Rashed Bhuiyan

Institute: RMMRU

Contact: rashedgreen@yahoo.com

Profile: Mohammad Rashed Alam Bhuiyan is a lecturer of Political Science, University of Dhaka. Previously he served RMMRU as a Field Coordinator, Project Manager, Research Associate and Senior Programme Officer (Media & Policy Advocacy) in several research projects. He played a protagonist role in Television for Environment (tve) produced documentary ‘LIVING ON THE GO’ accessible at YouTube. On the DECCMA project, he is country co-lead of WP3 and also deeply involved with several work tasks of WP6.

 

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Name: Mahmudol Hasan Rocky

Institute: RMMRU

Contact: mhr_01913@yahoo.com

Profile: Mahmudol Hasan Rocky works as an Associate Researcher and coordinates field enumerators at RMMRU. He has successfully supervised surveys for a number of RMMRU’s key research projects including a climate change related migration project. Mr. Rocky is primarily involved with WP3 and WP6 of the DECCMA project.

 

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Name: Prodip Kumar Das

Institute: RMMRU

Contact: pkd.dip@gmail.com

Profile: Prodip Kumar Das works at RMMRU as Research Assistant in the DECCMA project. Mr. Das completed his B.Sc in Urban and Rural Planning from Khulna University. Currently, he is working on the adaptation inventory (WP6) and is also involved with the secondary data collection on migration under WP3.

 

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Name: Gobinda Chakraborty

Institute: RMMRU

Contact: gobindac@gmail.com

Profile: Gobinda Chakraborty is Professor of political science in the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh with an interest in understanding renewable natural resources management and resource economics from the South Asian regional security perspective. Before joining DECCMA he has examined the outstanding issues between Bangladesh and India over transboundary water sharing issue and analysed the Aral Basin of Central Asia as an environmental catastrophe. Prior to this, he submitted his Ph.D. dissertation in the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Gobinda Chakraborty is acting as Researcher for DECCMA's work package 6 which will figure out and examine feasible and acceptable autonomous and planned adaptation practices in the three deltas studied under the DECCMA project in general and the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta in particular.

 

  Institute: Centre for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS)

Profile: The Centre for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS) is a pioneer in Bangladesh in integrated environmental and social analysis and monitoring studies using the latest concepts and GIS and space technologies.  It started with intellectual services for natural resources and disaster management planning using GIS, Remote Sensing and database technology for integrated environmental and social analysis.  Over the years, it has expanded the service areas to other development spheres.  Its services and projects include IEE, EIA, SIA development of environmental guidelines, Resettlement Action Plans (RAP), analytical framework for integrated water resources management (IWRM), spatial analysis using GIS and Remote Sensing for flood monitoring, river morphology, climate change, drought assessment and monitoring, monitoring of river plan form changes, river erosion and accretion prediction, flood damage assessment, land use planning and zoning, urban planning, database and IT services such as the NWRD, development of metadata base and web-based spatial database, MIS and Decision Support Systems for planning, designing, implementation and monitoring of projects, etc.

Website: www.cegisbd.com

Name: Mr Mohammad Shahidul Islam

Institute: CEGIS

Contact: sislam@cegisbd.com

Profile: Mohammad Shahidul Islam graduated in Urban and Rural Planning, is a remote sensing specialist with more than 15 years of expertise in satellite image processing and remote sensing applications in land use and land cover mapping, flood monitoring, river and coastal erosion-accretion, water resources management, environment, agricultural crop mapping, natural resources mapping, telecommunication, urban planning etc. He also has sound knowledge in SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) image processing. Mr. Shahidul Islam is involved in WP2.

 

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Name: Mohammad Abdur Rashid

Institute: CEGIS

Contact: arashid@cegisbd.com

Profile: Mohammad Abdur Rashid is working in CEGIS as an Agriculturist and obtained a M.S degree in Agricultural Engineering (FPM) and B Sc in Agricultural Engineering from Bangladesh Agricultural University. He has also received training on Environmental Management, Crop modelling, IWRM and EIA. He has 12 years’ experience in the field of agriculture planning, crop modeling, EIA, climate change and disaster management. Mohammad Abdur Rashid is involved in WP2 in DECCMA.

 

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Name: Md Waji Ullah

Institute: CEGIS

Contact: wullah@cegisbd.com

Profile: Engr. Md Waji Ullah, Executive Director of Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS) and Member (Honorary) of Joint River Commission (JRC) is leading dynamically the Center of Excellence with a vision to make it an internationally reputed and action research-oriented center. He obtained his M.Sc (Engineering Hydrology) from University College of Galway (UCG), Ireland, M. Sc. Engineering (WRD) from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand, and B.Sc. Engineering (Civil) from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET). Engr. Md Waji Ullah is involved in WP2 in DECCMA.

 

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Name: Malik Fida A Khan

Institute: CEGIS

Contact: mkhan@cegisbd.com

Profile: Malik Fida A Khan, has the experience to formulate the mechanism for assessing the climate change vulnerability, selecting the critical impacted elements, and quantification of damage due to mega disasters climate, multi-sectoral analysis for impact of climate change, setting up monitoring mechanism of evidence of climate change and climate variability. Malik Fida A Khan involved in WP2 in DECCMA.

 

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Name: Dr. Dilruba Ahmed

Institute: CEGIS

Contact: mdahmed@cegisbd.com

Profile: Dr. Dilruba Ahemd has more than 20 years of experience in the social development field. She has worked on rural and urban development projects of UN organisations such as UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, FAO, and for different government agencies (BARI, DAE, BWDB, LGED, DPHE, BIWTA, DOE, BMDA, RHD, PDB, Directorate of Family Planning), public companies (PGCB, GTCL, BSCIC, SGF, BGFCL, PGCL, IDCOL, BCMCL, DESCO, DPDC), international organisations (IRRI, ADB, WB, DFID), multinational organisations (Chevron, Cairn, LSC) and non-government organisations (BRAC, NGO Forum). Dr. Ahemd is involved in WP2 in DECCMA.

 

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Name: Pia Afreena K Huq

Institute: CEGIS

Contact: phuq@cegisbd.com

Profile: Ms. Pia Afreena Khaleda Huq has gathered extensive working experience in the GIS-RS field in various capacities during her working period with CEGIS. She is well-experienced in leading many GIS-based projects in CEGIS. She is also experienced in developing customised GIS-based training modules and conducting training. Ms. Huq is involved in WP2 in DECCMA.

 

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Name: Dr. Maminul Haque Sarker

Institute: CEGIS

Contact: msarker@cegisbd.com

Profile: Dr. Maminul Haque Sarker is an expert in fluvial morphology and relevant fields- especially in the field of Environment Impact Analysis (EIA), river morphology, predictions of river platform, monitoring the morphological development, planning and execution in the main rivers of Bangladesh. He has developed a satellite image-based erosion prediction system for the Brahmaputra and the Ganges riverbanks in Bangladesh. Dr. Maminul Haque Sarker is involved in WP2 in DECCMA.

 

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Name: Dr. Anil Chandra Aich

Institute: CEGIS

Contact: anilaich@cegisbd.com

Profile: Dr. Anil Chandra Aich has been working in the field of soil and agriculture research. He has conducted various types of research programmes on land and agriculture. He has more than 43 research publications in various national and international scientific journals related to agriculture and has conducted a sizable number of EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) under CEGIS. He has been actively involved in the preparation of master plans (the Haor Master Plan, the Chittagong Hill Tracts Master Plan and the Southern Delta Master Plan. Dr. Anil Chandra Aich is involved in WP2 in DECCMA.

 

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Name: Abul Kashem Md. Hasan

Institute: CEGIS

Contact: ahasan@cegisbd.com

Profile: Abul Kashem Md Hasan has a career of 17 years in the field of designing and developing national level Geo-Spatial Database and GIS-based (desktop, web-based) Information System (MIS, DSS). He is an expert in ASP .NET, C#, ASP, PHP, Visual Basic, Oracle Database Server, MS-SQL Server, MySQL etc. Abul Kashem Md Hasan is involved in WP2 in DECCMA.

 

Mir Fahim Shaunak

Name: Mir Fahim Shaunak

Institute: CEGIS

Profile: Mir Fahim Shaunak has been working is a Junior Specialist at CEGIS. His career is in the field of Remote Sensing and GIS. He has expertise in satellite image processing, image analysis and classification using different software such as ERDAS Imagine and eCognition, DTM generation, Mapping with ArcGIS, etc. He has also participated as a trainer in different training programs (ArcGIS, Remote Sensing, GPS and DGPS) for the professionals of different organisations including WARPO and Bangladesh Forest Department. He has involvement in DECCMA’s work package 2 and is contributing to Data inventory and management, map preparation, image processing and analysis, land use and land cover mapping from satellite images.

 

Nasrat Jahan

Name: Nasrat Jahan

Institute: CEGIS

Contact: njageodu@gmail.com

Profile: Nasrat Jahan works in the field of Remote Sensing. He is an expert in satellite image processing, analysis and classification using different sophisticated tools such as Erdas Imagine (9.X-11.0), eCognition, and Arc GIS (9.x-10.10 software. He has also participated as a trainer in different training programmes for professionals of different organisations including the BWDB, WARPO, and the Bangladesh Forest Department. He is Involved in Work Package 2 on the DECCMA project.

 

Institute: Bangladesh Space Research and Remote Sensing Organisation (SPARRSO)

Profile: Bangladesh Space Research and Remote Sensing Organization (SPARSSO) is a state agency concerned with astronomical research and the application of space technology in Bangladesh.  Its vision is effective and peaceful application of Space & Geo-information Technology (GIT) for sustainable development and human safety, security for benefits. SPARRSO also performs research works on various aspects of geo-disciplinary subject areas of RS-GIS technologies. The research items include technological development on RS-GIS algorithms aims at better techniques for geo-information retrieval along with effective approaches towards fruitful application of such technology.  It is also playing an active role for development of international cooperation and collaboration by participating in the international space technology related activities.  It has been maintaining very close and effective collaboration, and good cooperation with the international organizations and agencies of different countries.

Website: www.sparrso.gov.bd

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Name: Dr. Hafizur Rahman

Institute: Bangladesh Space Research and Remote Sensing Organisation (SPARRSO)

Contact: Hafiz1961@yahoo.com

Profile: Dr. Hafizur Rahman is a Principal Scientific Officer at SPARRSO and has a DEA in Physics and Chemistry of the Environment and a PhD in satellite remote sensing. His research areas are quantitative remote sensing of soil vegetation atmosphere system, multispectral radiative transfer modelling of the coupled surface-atmosphere system and Algorithm for atmospheric correction of satellite measurements for RS application. He has developed radiative transfer algorithms for satellite RS application. He has received a Group Achievement Award from NASA. On DECCMA project he is focusing on WP2, particularly dealing with (i) Land use and Land cover mapping and (ii) Land resource assessment using FAO Global Agro Ecological Zoning (GAEZ ) Methodology over the study area - Bangladesh Delta.

 

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Name: Mr Zahedul Islam

Institute: Bangladesh Space Research and Remote Sensing Organisation (SPARRSO)

Contact: azmd_zahed@yahoo.com

Profile: A.Z.MD. Zahedul Islam is a remote sensing scientist; presently working as chief scientific officer in Bangladesh Space Research and Remote sensing Organization (SPARRSO). His field of interest is water related disasters (flood, drought, river erosion and water logging). He is presently working for development of remote sensing based national systems for monitoring water related disasters. Mr Islam is working as a scientist for DECCMA’s work package 2; particularly WT 2.4.1: Coastal morphological change (river and coastal erosion/deposition) analysis.

 

  Institute: South Asian Network on Economic Modelling (SANEM), Dhaka

Profile: South Asian Network on Economic Modelling (SANEM) is a non-profit research organisation in Bangladesh. It is also a network of economists and policy makers in South Asia with a special emphasis on economic modelling. SANEM aims to promote the production, exchange and dissemination of basic research knowledge in the areas of international trade, macro economy, poverty, labour market, environment, political economy and economic modelling. It seeks to produce objective, high quality, country- and South Asian region-specific policy and thematic research. SANEM contributes in governments’ policy-making by providing research supports both at individual and organisational capacities. SANEM has maintained strong research collaboration with global, regional and local think-tanks, research and development organisations, universities and individual researchers. SANEM has an internship program in place for fresh university graduates. SANEM arranges regular training programs on economic modelling and contemporary economic issues for both Bangladeshi and other South Asian participants.

Website:www.sanemnet.org

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Name: Dr. Selim Raihan

Institute: South Asian Network on Economic Modelling (SANEM)

Contact: selim.raihan@econdu.ac.bd

Profile: Dr Selim Raihan is Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and the Executive Director of SANEM. He holds a PhD from the University of Manchester, UK. He possesses vast expertise in research on various economic issues using different quantitative economic models including CGE models. Dr. Raihan is acting co-lead for DECCMA's work package 4, which will do the economic modelling of the impacts of climate change.

 

Name: Dr. Bazlul Haque Khondker

Institute: South Asian Network on Economic Modelling (SANEM)

Contact: bazlul.khondker@gmail.com

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Name: Zubayer Hossen

Institute: South Asian Network on Economic Modelling (SANEM)

Contact: zubayer_hossen@econdu.ac.bd

Profile: Mr. Zubayer Hossen is a young economist who is presently working as a Research Associate at South Asian Network on Economic Modelling (SANEM). He has an academic background of a Masters degree in Economics and Bachelors degree in Economics from Dhaka University. His research interest includes environment and climate change. Mr. Hossen is involved in work package 4, where he is working on economic impacts of climate change.

 

Institute: Water Resources Planning Organisation (WARPO)

Profile: WARPO is an apex organisation in macro level planning in the water sector under the Ministry of Water Resources.  It acts as a secretariat to the Executive Committee to the National Water Resources Council (ECNWRC).  It is mandated to prepare the National Water Management Plan (NWMP), maintain and update National Water Resources Database as its custodian, review and ‘clear’ project proposals and provide technical support to Planning Commission, monitor and evaluate NWMP implementation and also the state of water resources, and provide administrative, policy and strategic advice to the ECNWRC.  While these constitute the routine core functions of WARPO, it has some other periodic functions as well, including periodic updating of the NWMP, assisting other agencies in planning, monitoring, studies and investigations, providing adhoc advice on policy, strategy, institutional and legal issues, and engaging in special studies and research as required from time to time.  Recent major achievements of WARPO include preparation of National Water Policy (NWPo) 1999; NWMP Development Strategy Report, 2001; National Water Management Plan – 2001; National Water Resources Database (NWRD) and MIS; Integrated Coastal Resources Database (ICRD), 2005; Coastal Zone Policy, 2005; Coastal Zone Strategy, 2006; Impact Assessment of Climate Changes in the Coastal Zone; and Bangladesh Water Act, 2013.

Website: www.warpo.gov.bd

Name: Mr Saiful Alam

Institute: Water Resources Planning Organisation (WARPO)

Contact: dir_tech@warpo.gov.bd

Profile: Saiful Alam is the Director of WARPO, responsible for water resources assessment, monitoring and evaluation of projects, plans and state of water resources and research works on water issues. He has been involved in the preparation of national level documents including National Water Plan (1991), Flood Action Plan (1996), National Water Management Plan (2001), Bangladesh Water Act (2013). He has expertise on water resources assessment using both surface and groundwater mathematical modelling, evaluation of projects. He also worked for Bangladesh Water Development Board in planning and design division. His involvement on DECCMA project is primarily on WP1 with input on WP2.

 

Additional Key Personnel for Bangladesh

Name: Dr. Nabiul Islam

Institute: Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)

Contact: nabiul@bids.org.bd

Profile: Dr. Nabiul Islam, a Senior Research Fellow in Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), has major expertise in water, flood and disaster management, environment, natural resources and ecosystem management; climate change and adaptations; and benefit monitoring and evaluation of water resources projects. Apart from many articles/chapters in national and international journals, Dr. Islam has eight books to his credit, including two books on flood and flood loss management published from Germany, and one co-authored on Climate Public Expenditure Review, published by GED. Dr. Nabiul Islam is involved in WP3 & WP5 on DECCMA.

 

Name: Dr. Anwara Begum

Institute: Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)

Contact: anwarabids@gmail.com

Profile: Dr. Anwara Begum is a Regional Planner with expertise in Development Research especially Migration, and Evaluation, eg, Gender Component of PRIME for InM and Evaluation of SEEMA Project (Garment and Sex Workers). She researched poor dwellers in her book “Destination Dhaka-Urban Migration: Expectation and Reality”, including ‘Engendering Garment Industry: The Bangladesh Context”. She was Research Director for 15 countries’ work at CIRDAP and 25 years’ experience (BIDS) of qualitative and quantitative work on Development Issues especially Migration, Gender, Garment Industry and also Informal Sector Workers and Working conditions, Poverty Reduction, MDG and PRSP, Water and Sanitation, Urbanization and Regional Development. Dr. Anwara Begum is involved in WP3 & WP5 on DECCMA.

 

Name: Dr. Munir Ahmed

Institute: Technological Assistance for Rural Development (TARA)

Contact: munir.tara@gmail.com

Profile: Dr. Munir Ahmed is a Fisheries Biologist working mainly with Fish Conservation, Fish Habitat Restoration and Fishers community to improve their livelihoods. Dr. Ahmed was involved with a number of Fisheries Research programmes, in some cases jointly with several universities. He was also co-supervisor of a number of M.Sc Thesis students. He has been involved with a technical NGO TARA (Technological Assistance for Rural Advancement) since 1998 and supported fisheries related studies, survey, investigations and implementation works. On DECCMA project he is involved mainly with WP2: Hot Spot Mapping work with IWFM, CEGIS, PML and others, WP5 and limited input to WP1.

 

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Name: ATM Zakir Hossain

Institute: Jagrata Jubo Shangha (JJS)

Contact: atmzakir@gmail.com

Profile: ATM Zakir Hossain, the founder of JJS, earned his master’s degree in commerce from Rajshahi University. He became a member of Service Civil International at the age of 15. He did a certificate course on International Project Manager programme, Globalverkstan, Gothenburg, Sweden. Organisational development is one of his areas of expertise achieved by leading JJS for 30 years as the Executive Director. He has capacity, experience, and demonstrated skill in Research, project design and implementation, human resource management, liaison and coordination.

 

Anwar Hossen

Name: Anwar Hossen

Institute: Dhaka University

Contact: Anwar_sociology@yahoo.com

Profile: Anwar Hossen is a social scientist with specific focus on political ecology of natural resource governance. He is interested in how ecosystem and climate change are linked with the broader framework of adaptation and migration. Before joining DECCMA, Anwar published an edited volume on Water and Ecological Resource Governance with specific focus on the Ganges-Brahmaputra Basin. Earlier, his PhD at the University of British Columbia, Canada, investigated water policy and governance for the empowerment of marginalised people in rural Bangladesh. Anwar is a co-investigator for DECCMA’s work package 1, which focuses on the human rights approach to adaptation and migration in the context of increasing climatic concerns.

 

 

Former Team Members

 

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Name: Md. Izazul Haq

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: izaz023@gmail.com

Profile: Md. Izazul Haq has completed his M.Sc. in Geography and Environment from University of Dhaka. His dissertation researched on linking environmental change, socio-economy and migration phenomena in the coastal zone of Bangladesh. His research interests are climate change, adaptation, migration, policy analysis, environmental management, GIS, remote sensing and numerical modelling. Izazul is a M.Sc. Research Fellow for DECCMA’s work package 6, which will identify and evaluate feasible and acceptable planned and autonomous adaptations in GBM delta. Currently he is working on adaptation inventory preparation, reviewing policy option and adaptation mapping.

 

Noor-E-Ashmaul Husna

Name: Noor-E-Ashmaul Husna

Institute: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Contact: husna_cee@yahoo.com

Profile: Noor-E-Ashmaul Husna is a Civil and Environmental Engineer from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet. Her undergraduate thesis was on Groundwater level prediction in some selected locations of the Chandpur district: an Artificial Neural Network approach. Her research interests are GIS, remote sensing and numerical modelling. She is working as a research associate for DECCMA's work package 2.

 

UoS

Institute: University of Southampton

Profile: The University of Southampton are the project lead for the DECCMA Consortium.  The Faculty of the Environment and Engineering at the University of Southampton represents the largest and most diverse engineering and environmental science grouping in the UK.  Our expertise looks deep below the Earth's crust, reaches into space and encompasses everything in-between.  Our research groups are working on a variety of projects that are addressing some of the major issues facing the world, with investment from research councils, government and industry partners.  We work on multidisciplinary projects across the University, as well as with other academic and industrial partners.  Engineering and the Environment has built strong relationships with industry.  We share our knowledge, expertise and facilities with our partners to help them achieve their goals.  We offer a wide range of solutions, from consultancy to long-term, leading-edge research projects.

Website: www.soton.ac.uk

 

Name: Prof. Robert Nicholls

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: R.J.Nicholls@soton.ac.uk

Profile: Prof. Robert Nicholls is the Lead PI for the consortium. His 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 four reports of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC): Second Assessment Report (1996); the Regional Assessment (1998); the Special Report on Technology Transfer (2000); and the Third Assessment Report (2001). He was also convening lead author (with P.P. Wong (Singapore)) for the “Coastal Systems and Low-Lying Areas” chapter in the IPCC 4th assessment (published 2007). He participated in the DEFRA-funded “Fast Track” assessments as the coastal expert, led the SURVAS Project which reviewed vulnerability of coastal zones around the world from 1999 to 2001, contributed to the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, and leads the coastal research theme of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research which developed the “Coastal Simulator”. He contributed to the Foresight study of Flood and Coastal Defence and its update for the Pitt Review and participated in missions to Russia and the USA. He was one of the principle developers of the DIVA (Dynamic Interactive Vulnerability Assessment) which builds on his experience with the Fast Track Assessments. DIVA is being used in various projects such as NERC QUEST-GSI, the AVOID global impacts, and various EU projects. It has provided input into the EU Green and White Papers on Adaptation, the UNFCCC 2007 paper on adaptation costs and the World Bank 2009 assessment of adaptation costs. He has lead two recent OECD papers on climate change, including an active global assessment of flood exposure in large port cities. He was awarded the Roger Revelle Medal by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission in 2008.

 

Name: Dr. Craig Hutton

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: cwh@geodata.soton.ac.uk

Profile: Dr. Craig Hutton is the Deputy PI for the DECCMA Project. His research, applied research & consultancy focus lies at the intersection between the environment and social implications of environmental/climate change and management for sustainable development. This socio-environmental research emphasises the co-ordination of spatial data handling and the management/policy/governance implications of climate change/environmental vulnerability of communities, land cover and earth observation in decision-making support systems. Dr. Hutton is also lead author and Deputy PI for the ESPA Deltas project and is currently in negotiations to conduct similar work internationally across the Ganges basin. Dr. Hutton has lead socio-environmental survey project inputs dealing with the integration of environmental and socio-environmental data in South Africa, Malawi, Ethiopia, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Tanzania, Libya, Vietnam, Bhutan. He is also developing strategic programs in catchment management in the Philippines and Laos as well as assessing poverty and environment in Central Asia (Azerbaijan & Tajikistan). Additionally, Dr. Hutton has developed projects for information management for food security/hazard management and climate change (Libya, South Sudan, Ethiopia), and flood management and DRM (Pakistan). A number of these project have been augmented by capacity development.

 

Name: Jonathan Lawn

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: j.lawn@soton.ac.uk

Profile: Jon Lawn is the Consortium Coordinator for the Deltas Vulnerability and Climate Change; Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA) research project. He graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc in Geography in 2003. Since then he has undertaken management roles in retail, catering, office and charity sectors. Jon joined the staff at the University of Southampton in 2011 and has coordinated the NERC funded iCOASST project and Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation funded ESPA Deltas Project. He has interests in environmental and poverty issues and has previously volunteered in wildlife conservation in South Africa and charities that work with the poor in the UK.

 

Name: Carolin Bothe-Tews

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: C.Bothe-Tews@soton.ac.uk

Profile: Carolin Bothe-Tews is the "Research into Use" Co-ordinator for DECCMA. She holds a Diploma in Geography from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. She has almost 20 years of experience in communication and knowledge management, mainly in the field of development co-operation. For GIZ (www.giz.de/en) she worked on the communication and information aspect of various projects in the field of agriculture and environment and was seconded to the FAO Headquarters as deputy project manager for INPhO (www.fao.org/inpho), the 'Information Network on Post-harvest Operations'. She joined the University of Southampton 5 years ago to support the ASSETS project (www.espa-assets.org). Her thematic background is agriculture, environment and sustainability.

 

Name: Dr. Emma Tompkins

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: E.l.Tompkins@soton.ac.uk

Profile: Dr. Emma Tompkins is a Reader in Environment and Development. She has worked on climate change adaptation since 2001, specifically barriers and limits to institutional adaptation, public-private partnerships for adaptation, and drivers of individual action and national policy on adaptation. She has published numerous papers, articles and policy briefs on environmental management, adaptation to climate change, and social and ecological resilience as well as handbooks on surviving climate change in small islands and participatory coastal zone management. She has a PhD Environmental Science (UEA), MSc Environmental and Resource Economics (UCL) and BA Economics (Leicester).

 

Name: Dr. Natalie Suckall

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: N.R.Suckall@soton.ac.uk

Profile: Dr. Natalie Suckall is an environmental-social scientist with an interest in understanding how rural and urban communities respond to climate change. Before joining DECCMA, Natalie examined the trade-offs and synergies between autonomous adaptation, mitigation and development in subsistence communities in Zanzibar. Prior to this, Natalie's PhD (University of Leeds) investigated the effect of climate change on rural-urban migration patterns in Malawi. Natalie is acting co-lead for DECCMA's work package 6, which will identify and evaluate feasible and acceptable planned and autonomous adaptations in the three deltas. Natalie is also DECCMA's Theory of Change lead.

 

Name: Dr. Chris Hill

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: cth@geodata.soton.ac.uk

Profile: Dr. Chris Hill is a graduate of Exeter University (BSc Combined Honours, Biology and Geography). He is Director of the GeoData Institute, a university based enterprise agency, where he directs its geospatial, spatial data infrastructure, remote sensing and environmental data management programmes. Chris directs and manages the input of the research, technical staff and academic associates of GeoData in the disciplines of sustainable development, biodiversity and ecosystem services, environmental and social sciences, geospatial, remote-sensing and information sciences. In addition, GeoData offers geospatial capacity development in the international development context and continuing professional development through proprietary GIS and open source within the UK. Chris has 25 years' experience of the geospatial and remote sensing sector and has delivered projects and research for a wide range of UK government departments, public sector (local authority non departmental public bodies, etc), commercial organisations and for international development organisations and the United Nations organisations.

 

Name: Dr. Fiifi Amoako Johnson

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: faj100@soton.ac.uk

Profile: Dr. Fiifi Amoako Johnson is a lecturer in Social Statistics and Demography at the University of Southampton with expertise in geospatial analysis, small area estimation, complex survey modelling and demographic analysis. His research primarily focuses on healthcare inequalities, climate change, environmental disaster impact and socioeconomic impacts in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Dr. Amoako Johnson will contribute to work package 2 and 3, working with other partner institutions to understand the spatial impacts of environmental changes and stressors on migration patterns and the socioeconomic and livelihood sustainability of delta residents. He will contribute to the analysis and mapping of population change and estimating migration at lower geographic level and development of an adaption and migration models for delta residents. He will take a proactive lead in writing research papers and assisting on the production of conference presentations and research meetings.

 

Name: Prof. Steve Darby

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: S.E.Darby@soton.ac.uk

Profile: No profile available

 

Name: Prof. John Dearing

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: J.Dearing@soton.ac.uk

Profile: Prof. John Dearing's research career has been mainly in palaeoenvironmental change. He now focuses on the nature of recent social-ecological dynamics, such as trends and thresholds, using lake sediments and other records to reconstruct changes in ecosystem services. He is working with PhD students to apply these methods to understand the vulnerability of DECCMA delta systems.

 

Name: Prof. Sabu Padmadas

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: S.Padmadas@soton.ac.uk

Profile: Sabu Padmadas is Professor of Demography and Global Health, and co-Director of the Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty and Policy at Southampton. His research focuses on the application of demographic and statistical methods to global health and population dynamics in low-middle and transition economies, impact evaluation and population projections. Prof. Padmadas will provide support and guidance on work package 2 on the demographic and spatial analysis of population change in the delta region. He will work with researchers from Southampton and other partner institutions on the analysis and quantification of spatial impacts of environmental changes and stressors on migration patterns and the socioeconomic and livelihood sustainability of delta residents. He will also contribute to the conceptual framework on migration, adaptation and vulnerability of the study population, scientific papers and conference proceedings.

 

Name: Dr. Attila Lazar

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: A.Lazar@soton.ac.uk

Profile: Dr. Attila Lazar is a post-doctoral Research Fellow, trained mechanical engineer (BEng), environmental scientist (MSc) and riverine and wetland modeller (PhD, post-doc). He is employed on the ESPA Deltas project which aims to provide the Bangladeshi policy makers with the knowledge and tools to evaluate the effects of policy decisions on people's livelihoods within the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta, linking changes in the bio-physical environment to livelihoods, poverty and health. Attila is an integrative modeller who designs, implements and tests the model framework, and applies it to study sites to answer policy questions. Within the DECCMA project, Attila is part of the WP5 (Integration Modelling) team.

 

Name: Gregory Cooper

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: gsc1g11@soton.ac.uk

Profile: Gregory Cooper is a first year PhD student at the University of Southampton, studying 'Socio-ecological tipping points in world deltas'; likely focusing on the Mahanadi and GBM or Volta. He graduated with a first-class degree in Geography in 2014 and his research interests include complex social-ecological systems, environmental change and critical transitions. Gregory's PhD concentrates on observing/modelling the past and future sustainability of key deltaic socio-ecological functions (e.g. regulating and provision services), with specific reference to tipping point transitions. Saliently, this work assesses the sudden and widespread losses of ecosystem services, livelihoods and the associated sustainability of deltaic populations in the face of growing social and natural stresses in a changing world.

 

Name: Sarah Jane Spinney

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: sjs3g14@soton.ac.uk

Profile: Sarah Spinney has degrees in BSc Geography and MSc Climate Change and Risk Management, both from the University of Exeter and commenced her PhD at the University of Southampton 2014. She has an interest in how shifting climate regimes will present new risks to society and how the resilience of exposed populations can be increased; particularly in coastal and fluvial systems. Sarah's PhD study aims to provide projections of morphological change in deltaic systems under a range of climatic and environmental change scenarios. As well as identifying potential critical thresholds in the morphological component of the delta system, this study aims to identify important feedbacks between the morphological system and supporting ecosystem services that effect the habitability of the delta; thus providing a route towards the development of an integrated biophysical assessment tool. It is hoped that this tool can be utilised within work package 2 in order to identify vulnerability hotspots in the DECCMA deltas. She is also interested in how the effects of shifting land-use practices will influence biophysical processes, and how viable management strategies can be incorporated into morphological modelling.

 

Name: Tristan Berchoux

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: Tristan.Berchoux@soton.ac.uk

Profile: Tristan Berchoux holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences and a MSc in Agricultural Economics, and has previously worked in different international development programmes. Tristan's research focuses on the spatio-temporal associations between livelihoods and natural hazards. It contributes to DECCMA through different outputs: land cover mapping, characterisation of livelihoods, impact of natural hazards, data gathering.

 

Name: Giorgia Prati

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: gp4g14@soton.ac.uk

Profile: Giorgia Prati is a postgraduate researcher at the University of Southampton where she is looking at the implications of migration on women's adaptive capacity in the Mahanadi delta. She holds an MSc in Climate Change and Development and her previous collaborations include CARE international, Mercy Corps and EuropeAid.

 

Name: Margherita Fanchiotti

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: mf1g14@soton.ac.uk

Profile: Margherita Fanciotti is a postgraduate researcher at the University of Southampton, where she is looking at tropical cyclone resilience of coastal communities in the Mahanadi delta. She is a civil engineer specialised in flood risk management and her previous collaborations include UNESCO and the World Resources Institute.

 

Name: Amy Welch

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: acw1e15@soton.ac.uk

Profile: Amy Welch holds a BSc in Oceans, Climate and Physical Geography and an MSc(Eng) in Civil and Environmental Engineering, both of which were obtained from the University of Liverpool. Her PhD study aims to focus on the development and sustainability of various engineered systems that have been utilised within the four deltas. She will also consider how these systems can be effectively characterised and simulated in coupled integrated models of deltas and coastal zones in general.

 

Name: Kashif Majeed Salik

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: Kms1a15@soton.ac.uk

Profile: Kashif Salik is a PRISE Senior Research Associate from the Sustainable Development Policy Institute in Islamabad. He joined the DECCMA team at the University of Southampton to complete his PhD, which aims to explore climate-induced components of migration patterns and associated vulnerabilities and risks on livelihoods/food security and urbanisation through the analysis of socio-economic parameters. Kashif did his M.Sc (Hons) degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan. He has over 15 years' experience and has been involved in a number of international/regional projects, including food security/systems, socio-economic vulnerability assessments, infrastructure, water resources development, climate change and environment.

 

Name: Dr Sally Brown

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: sb20@soton.ac.uk

Profile: Dr Sally Brown has a background in geomorphology, coastal engineering and climate change adaptation. Sally has a BSc in Geophysical Sciences, MRes in Coastal Engineering for Climate Change, and a PhD in Coastal Engineering. She has joined DECCMA at the University of Southampton to analyse what the impacts of 1.5°C mean for delta regions, focusing on implications of sea-level rise, following the global temperature goals agreed in the 2015 Paris Agreement. She has previously published research in the Ganges Brahmaputra Meghna delta into subsidence and wetland loss, so is looking forward to expanding her knowledge and working with others in developing nations in DECCMA. She enjoys working across different sectors affected by coastal problems, and evaluating wider development issues on the coast. Previously, Sally's research assessed the impacts of sea-level rise at a global scale and around European coasts, and wider coastal and management issues in the Maldives, China and in the UK.

 

Name: Dr Abiy S Kebede

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: ask2g08@soton.ac.uk

Profile: Dr. Abiy S. Kebede is a Research Fellow in Integrated Modelling within the Engineering and the Environment Faculty at the University of Southampton and is also part of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Abiy has a background in Civil Engineering (BSc), with multiple Master's degrees in Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management (CoMEM) from three European universities: University of Southampton (UK), Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands), and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway). Abiy did his PhD at the University of Southampton as part of the EU-funded FP7 CLIMSAVE project, with his thesis titled "The food-water-land-ecosystems nexus in Europe: An integrated assessment". Abiy is interested in understanding the potential direct and indirect impacts of climate change, sea-level rise and socio-economic changes and assessing the costs and benefits of adaptation to these changes at different spatial (from local to global) and temporal (from short- to long-term) scales and across multiple sectors/sub-systems for informing robust adaptation policy decision-making. Within the DECCMA project, Abiy will be working as part of the WP5 (Integration Modelling) team for helping to develop and apply the integrated methods and models that will be used to analyse environmental change, adaptation and migration at the case study deltas.

 

Name: Frances Dunn

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: F.Dunn@soton.ac.uk

Profile: Frances Dunn is a postdoctoral researcher and is currently finishing her PhD. Her thesis is focused on modelling multidecadal fluvial sediment fluxes to deltas under future environmental changes. Her background is in physical geography, with a BSc in Geography and an MSc in Environmental Modelling, Monitoring, and Reconstruction from the University of Manchester. Frances is working in WP2 on subsidence and physical adaptation mapping, as well as aiding the delta portal setup and timeline administration.

BC3

Institute: Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3)

Profile: BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change is an excellence research centre created in 2008 as jointly promoted by the Basque Government and the University of the Basque Country, with the goal of contributing to knowledge on the causes and impacts of climate change, as well as drive advancements in high level research on these issues.  Under the leadership of Prof. Anil Markandya, BC3 seeks to contribute to solve this great challenge from the Basque Country, summing up efforts with other centres in the world.  BC3 has four main research lines: Low Carbon, Climate and Natural Environment, Health and Climate, and Climate Policy.

Website: www.bc3research.org

 

Name: Prof. Anil Markandya

Organisation: Basque Centre for Climate Change

Contact: anil.markandya@bc3research.org

Profile: Prof. Anil Markandya is Director of BC3 and honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Bath. His work is in the field of resource and environmental economics. He was a lead author for Chapters of the 3rd and 4th IPCC Assessment Reports on Climate Change and has just finished contributing to the 5th IPCC Report. He was nominated by Cambridge University as one of the top 50 contributors to thinking on sustainability in the world. In 2012 he was elected the President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economics and in has become a member of the Scientific Council of the European Environment Agency. In the DECCMA project Anil leads the BC3 team that is providing the economics analysis.

 

Name: Dr. Inaki Arto

Organisation: Basque Centre for Climate Change

Contact: inaki.arto@bc3research.org

Profile: Inaki Arto is a research fellow at BC3. He has a PhD in Economics, a MSc in Engineering and a degree in Economics. He has occupied research positions at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (2010-2013) and at the University of the Basque Country (2001-2010). In the DECCMA project he is contributing to the analysis of the economic impacts of climate change.

 

Name: Dr. Ignacio Cazcarro

Organisation: Basque Centre for Climate Change

Contact: ignacio.cazcarro@bc3research.org

Profile: Ignacio Cazcarro has a BA, MA and PhD in Economics (University of Zaragoza, Spain). He worked 2 years as a post-doctoral research fellow (Department of Economics, RPI, Troy, NY, USA) participating in a National Science Foundation project. Ignacio is involved in work package 4, in the economic analysis, of construction of input-output tables and related models for the deltas.

 

Name: Mikel Gonzalez-Eguino

Organisation: Basque Centre for Climate Change

Contact: mikel.gonzalez@bc3research.org

Profile: Mikel González-Eguino is a senior researcher at BC3. He holds a PhD in Economics (a degree in Engineering). His main interests lie in the fields of environmental, energy and public economics. His involvement in DECCMA project will be related to the economic assessment of the impact of climate change in the deltas using a multi-regional CGE model.

Exeter

Institute: University of Exeter

Profile: Geography at Exeter University is part of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.  The Environment and Sustainability Research Group within Geography undertakes interdisciplinary social and natural science research on the causes and consequences of environmental change and solutions for sustainability.  The University is an academic partner of the UK Met Office and has made major contributions to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report across climate science, impacts, adaptation and mitigation.

Website: www.exeter.ac.uk

 

Name: Prof. Neil Adger

Organisation: University of Exeter

Contact: n.adger@exeter.ac.uk

Profile: Prof. Neil Adger is a leading social scientist in the area of climate change impacts and adaptation. He led the IPCC chapter on human security for the Fifth Assessment Report in 2014 and was a Lead Expert on the UK Foresight Report on Migration and Global Environmental Change in 2011.

 

Name: Dr. Colette Mortreux

Organisation: University of Exeter

Contact: c.c.mortreux@exeter.ac.uk

Profile: Dr. Colette Mortreux is an early career human geographer studying climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Her research explores the ways in which attitudes to climate risk and adaptation decisions are embedded in people's daily lives, shaped by their circumstances, their experiences and values. Colette's role on the DECCMA project is to examine the political economy of resettlement and to engage directly with communities so as to develop scenarios of displacement, abandonment and resettlement at a local scale. This will involve key informant interviews with stakeholders, historical and political analysis, and qualitative fieldwork with resettled and/or threatened communities.

 

Name: Ricardo Safra de Campos

Organisation: University of Exeter

Contact: r.safra-de-campos@exeter.ac.uk

Profile: Dr Ricardo Safra de Campos is an early career human geographer studying mobility and migration responses to global environmental change. His research explores the ways in which mobility associated with productive and discretionary activities is impacted by slow-onset climatic events; and how household migration responses to these events in marginal areas are shaped by livelihoods, access to capital assets, perceptions of the environment and socioeconomic attributes. Ricardo's principal role on the DECCMA project is to co-design the methodological approach used to investigate potential migration and mobility responses among other adaptation strategies employed by households in four study areas; and analyse data obtained from the household surveys implemented in migrant sending and receiving areas in the four Deltas. Ricardo will also contribute to the development of scenarios of displacement, abandonment and resettlement at local scale. This will involve key informant interviews with stakeholders and qualitative fieldwork with resettled and/or threatened communities.

Kulima

Institute: Kulima Integrated Development Solutions

Profile: Kulima Integrated Development Solutions is a South African climate change adaptation consultancy.  We act as a boundary organisation, using gender-sensitive consultation and/or participatory processes to support effective communication channels between scientists, policy-makers, donors, practitioners and community members.  Our ultimate aim is to ensure that adaptation is effectively supported and/or enabled.  The methods through which we fulfil our role include research and analysis, scoping studies, screening activities for climate risk, institutional and policy analysis, developing strategy documents, guidebooks and toolkits, presentations, training courses and facilitation of conferences and workshops.

Website: www.kulima.com

 

Name: Katharine Vincent

Organisation: Kulima

Contact: katharine@kulima.com

Profile: Katharine Vincent is interested in the human dimensions of climate change, particularly vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, from a gendered perspective. She is a Lead Author for the cross-chapter gender box in the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report. As well as supporting the integration of gender across the DECCMA consortium, Katharine is particularly involved in WP's 1 and 6.

PML

Institute: Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)

Profile: Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) is an International Centre of Excellence in Marine Science & Technology and a Collaborative Centre of the UK Natural Environment Research Council.  PML carries out innovative fundamental, strategic and applied research in the marine environment from estuaries to the open ocean.  The mission of PML emphasises on integrated scientific understanding of the interactions between the marine environment and society in order to sustain coastal and upper ocean ecosystems and their services under conditions of global change.  Since 2002, PML has been operating as a company limited by guarantee with UK charity status.  In 2014 PML was the winner of the UK Charity award in the category of Environment and Conservation.  PML also operates a commercial branch, Plymouth Marine Applications© to commercialise aspects of its research and provide additional income to the charity.

Website: www.pml.ac.uk

 

Name: Dr. Susan Kay

Organisation: Plymouth Marine Labs

Contact: suka@pml.ac.uk

Profile: Dr. Susan Kay is a scientist in the modelling group at PML. Her work involves setting up and running hydrodynamic-ecosystem models which can be used to investigate the possible impacts of climate change on the marine environment. She joined PML in 2011, and prior to this did a PhD in remote sensing. Susan is part of the fisheries modelling group and she will be running models of the physics and biogeochemistry of sea in the region of DECCMA deltas. These models give information about how climate change might affect production under different climate change scenarios. They can also give projections of sea level rise.

 

Name: Dr. Jose Fernandes

Organisation: Plymouth Marine Labs

Contact: jfs@pml.ac.uk

Profile: Dr. Jose Fernandes is a bio-economic modeller at PML, working on integrating modelling approaches towards an ecosystem services approach, the study of interactions between climate and environment with socio-economic activities and the use for policy and management for improving resources usage and adaptation to change. His work at with the DECCMA project implies fisheries projections and comparing fisheries in the studied deltas.

Dundee

Institute: University of Dundee

Profile: The Graduate School of Natural Resources Law, Policy and Management, which is within the University of Dundee, was formed in 2006 to bring together Centres which already had a longstanding international reputation for graduate teaching, research and specialist expertise on natural resources issues.  Within the School, the Centres continue to grow and forge cooperative relationships in research and teaching across the areas of law, policy and management with a focus on the energy, water and mineral resources sectors.

Website: www.dundee.ac.uk

 

Name: Andrew Allan

Organisation: University of Dundee

Contact: a.a.allan@dundee.ac.uk

Profile: No profile available

 

Name: Alistair Rieu-Clarke

Organisation: University of Dundee

Contact: a.rieuclarke@dundee.ac.uk

Profile: Alistair Rieu-Clarke's research interests focus on transboundary water cooperation and governance. He has led and participated in numerous international multi-disicplinary research projects, wherein he has sought to explore governance aspects of transboundary water cooperation. In the DECMMA project, Alistair supports the implementation of WP1, particularly in relation to the analysis of the governance systems pertaining to the Deltas.

 

Name: Christopher Spray

Organisation: University of Dundee

Contact: c.j.spray@dundee.ac.uk

Profile: Christopher Spray is a wetland scientist and catchment practitioner. He has worked in environmental protection and regulation, in conservation in the water industry, aquatic ecological monitoring and participative catchment management and, latterly in academia. His current research focusses on integrated catchment management using an ecosystems approach, stakeholder engagement, river restoration and science in to policy. Within DECCMA, Chris is part of Work Package 1 team, assisting with stakeholder engagement, governance, science to policy implications and scenarios.

 

Name: Ramazan Cayan Sayan

Organisation: University of Dundee

Contact: r.c.sayan@dundee.ac.uk

Profile: R. Caner Sayan has an inter-disciplinary background in social sciences with a focus on environmental governance. His research interests include environmental justice, political ecology and the nature-society nexus, in particular on water management practices. In the DECCMA Project, Caner supports Work Package 1 at the University of Dundee, while he is personally interested in Work Package 3's work on displacement, abandonment and resettlement.

 

Name: Sikhululekile (Skhue) Ncube

Organisation: University of Dundee

Contact: s.z.ncube@dundee.ac.uk

Profile: Skhue Ncube is an Environmental Scientist with a keen interest in water resources management. She has conducted research on the Zambezi and Limpopo River Basins in Southern Africa. Skhue has worked in various projects involving stakeholder engagement in Zimbabwe. Her PhD focusses on mapping and assessing changes in ecosystem services in the Tweed catchment in Scotland. Skhue is currently focussing on stakeholder mapping and barriers to implementation under Work Package 1 of the DECCMA project at the University of Dundee.

FAO

Institute: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Profile: The FAO was established in 1945 with a specific mandate to ensure food security for all people of the world. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. As a knowledge organisation, FAO creates and shares critical information about food, agriculture and natural resources in the form of global public goods. FAO also has extensive experience in the development of indicators and tools to assess climate impacts on agriculture, based on a large variety of data sources..

Website: www.fao.org

John Latham

Name: John Latham

Contact: john.latham@fao.org

Profile: John Latham has 25 years experience in research, development, application, technology transfer and capacity building programmes in developing and developed countries. Focused on GIS and remotely sensed data from earth observation satellites for environmental and natural resources management. Skilled in training and technical cooperation networks implementation, and in advocating design and implementation of programs that are conducive to indigenous technology development. He will be working on Work Package 2 on the DECCMA Project.

Gianluca Franceschini

Name: Gianluca Franceschini

Contact: Gianluca.franceschini@fao.org

Profile: Gianluca Franceschini is a Biologist working on geospatial analysis related to environment and sustainable development in the domain of agriculture and livestock production and land cover mapping. His work spans from data collection and preparation, analysis, reporting and presentation with an emphasis on international adopted standards for data maintenance and harmonisation. He is working on WP2 focusing on the coordination of land cover mapping activities in the study areas following internationally adopted standards for the production of land cover legends (the ISO Land Cover Meta Language, LCML), and supporting the use of FAO methodologies. He is also supporting the collection of GIS and tabular data for the implementation of national agro-ecological zones assessment. This is contributing to the development of a network of nodes for the management, storage and dissemination of geospatial data produced during the project.

FAO

Institute: MET Office

Profile: The Met Office is a science-led organisation, focussing on weather forecasting and long-term climate prediction. We provide advice to underpin mitigation and adaptation policy formation and decision making, based on ground-breaking scientific achievements in the fields of weather and climate science. The teams involved in the DECCMA project within the Met Office focus on developing models and techniques to produce regional climate information for climate change impacts and adaptation assessments, often with a focus on, and collaboration in, developing country regions.

Website: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/

Staff: 

Matt Palmer - Managing Scientist for Oceans, Cryosphere and Dangerous Climate Change

Jason Lowe - Head of Mitigation Advice

Richard Jones - Science Fellow: Climate Information

 

Additional Key Personnel for Northern Team

 

Name: Dr. Helen Adams

Organisation: King's College, London

Contact: helen.j.adams@kcl.ac.uk

Profile: Dr Helen Adams is an environmental social scientist working on the subjective dimensions of human interactions with environmental change, with a focus on marginal regions of low income countries. She previously worked at the University of Exeter on the ESPA project and completed her PhD at the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia in 2012. Helen is working on WP3 - Understanding migration. She will be involved with the implementation of the quantitative household survey, and analysing what it means for migration to be successful.

Name: Prof. Edward R Carr

Contact: edcarr@clarku.edu

Profile: Ed Carr is Professor and Director of the International Development, Community, and Environment Department at Clark University, and the founder and director of the Humanitarian Response and Development Lab (HURDL). His work focuses on rural livelihoods and their intersection with global change. He has served in various roles at USAID and the World Bank, and participated in three global assessments, as a lead author for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and UNEP's Fourth Global Environment Outlook, and as a review editor for the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report. Prof. Carr is associated with Work Package 3 and will provide support on migration and policy across all of the deltas.

Name: Kwame Owusu-Daaku

Contact: owusudaaku.kn@gmail.com

Profile: Kwame Owusu-Daaku is a PhD Candidate at the University of South Carolina. His current research interests include the impact of climate change on rural and urban poor livelihoods. His dissertation examines the different narratives of residents, researchers and government officials concerning the vulnerability of the Volta Delta to climate change. Kwame is associated with Work Package 3 and will be working with Dr. Edward Carr to provide support on migration and policy across all the deltas.

Name: Prof. Paul Whitehead

Contact: paul.whitehead@ouce.ox.ac.uk

Profile: Professor Paul Whitehead has over 35 years' experience of research on water resources, water quality and pollution issues, including nutrients, and has a special interest in modelling; including the development of process based dynamic models. He is the original author of the INCA model and has written over 200 papers in the scientific literature. Professor Whitehead has been responsible for modelling flow and water quality for the Ganga, Brahmaputra and Meghna Rivers as part of the NERC ESPA Deltas project. The models have been used to investigate impacts of climate change and socio-economic change on flows and nutrient loads into the delta region of Bangladesh. As part of DECCMA Paul will be applying the INCA model to simulate nitrogen and phosphorous for the Volta and the Mahanadi River systems as well as the GBM Rivers. The models will be run with the new climate data to be provided by the Met Office so that nutrient loads can be provided to the downstream estuary/coastal modellers within DECCMA.

 

Former Team Members

 

Name: Ellie Tighe

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: E.Tighe@soton.ac.uk

Profile: Ellie Tighe has spent the last six months researching migration and the 'left-behind' in the Mahanadi river delta, India. This qualitative study has involved semi-structured interviews with household members left-behind, looking at migration-livelihood interactions and household capacity to cope with shocks and stresses. Ellie is part of the EU-CASCO collaborative network, helping to build a sustainable partnership of EU and Indian researchers. Ellie holds a PhD from the University of Southampton.

 

Name: Dr. Valentina Lauria

Organisation: Plymouth Marine Labs

Contact: val@pml.ac.uk

Profile: Dr. Valentina Lauria is a marine ecologist, her research focuses on the temporal and spatial effects of fisheries and climate change upon marine food webs using modelling techniques to predict future effects upon marine ecosystems. Her work within the DECCMA project involves a comparative analysis of fisheries and socio-economic structure in three populous deltas at risk of climate change.

 

Name: Nina Hissen

Organisation: University of Dundee

Contact: n.hissen@dundee.ac.uk

Profile: Nina Hissen is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Dundee and is currently supporting DECCMA's Work Package 1 with a focus on stakeholder participation and engagement. Nina's research interests include transboundary water governance and its relevance for climate change adaptation.

 

Name: Tracy Cull

Organisation: Kulima

Contact: tracy@kulima.com

Profile: Tracy Cull is a geographer with extensive experience of designing and delivering training courses, both within tertiary institutions and customised professional short courses. She has particular interests in taking a gender-sensitive approach and has experience with climate change adaptation in Africa. As well as supporting the integration of gender across the DECCMA consortium, Tracy is particularly involved in WP1.

 

Name: Prof. Manuel Barange

Organisation: Plymouth Marine Labs

Contact: m.barange@pml.ac.uk

Profile: Prof. Manuel Barange is Director of Science at PML and Honorary Professor at CLES, University of Exeter. Recently, he has focused his research on the impacts of climate change and economic globalization on marine-based commodities, on the contributions of marine ecosystems to food production, and on the interactions between natural and social sciences in fisheries, ecosystems and climate change. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications. In DECCMA he leads the PML team, which will conduct a comparative analysis of marine environmental change in the four deltas, from ocean physics to fish production.

 

Name: Andres Payo

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: A.P.Garcia@soton.ac.uk

Profile: Andres Payo is a Research Fellow on Coastal Integrated Modelling at Southampton University and a Senior Visiting Research Associate at the ECI, Oxford University. He is a coastal system modeller, with experience in large scale and long term assessment of coastal erosion and flooding in Bangladesh, UK, Japan, Spain and USA. Andres is working on the quantitative-modelling coastal systems for the DECCMA project.

 

Name: Kishore Dhavala

Organisation: Basque Centre for Climate Change

Contact: kishore.dhavala@bc3research.org

Profile: No profile available

 

Name: Alex Chapman

Organisation: University of Southampton

Contact: A.D.Chapman@soton.ac.uk

Profile: Alex Chapman is a Research Fellow interested in the evaluation of adaptation to climate change. He has previously focused particularly on the application of system dynamics models to evaluating action in delta regions. His PhD thesis at Southampton looked at river dykes as adaptations in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta. Alex will be developing criteria for evaluating adaptation success in the DECCMA project.

 

Name: Ian Macadam

Organisation: Met Office

Contact: Ian.macadam@metoffice.gov.uk

Profile: Ian is a member of the Met Office's Climate Information for International Development team. His role is to deliver and apply scientific research around climate modelling for a wide range of customers, including international meteorological services, governments and Non-Government Organisations. This work involves developing techniques for analysing and quantifying the impacts of climate change and associated risks. His role in DECCMA is to provide climate model data to the project and advise on its use.

Researcher Focus

Dr. Somnath Hazraa Dr. Somnath Hazraa
Jadavpur University

What is your research background?

I have a Ph.D degree in Economics on "valuation of forest resources in West Bengal" from Rabindra Bharati University with more than 14 years of research experience in different Indian research centres including University Grant Commission and 4 years teaching experience in Environmental Economics both at the Post Graduate and Under Graduate levels in Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. I acquired experience in managing and executing research projects in various capacities for Government, International Development organizations and Private Sector. I have domain expertise in Climate Change, Energy Economics, Sustainable forest management, Biodiversity Assessment, Forest Governance, Policy analysis, etc. I was associated as a forestry consultant of different State Governments of India and one African country (Government of Kenya). I have contributed in the State Level Climate Change Action Plan in Orissa, J&K, Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur and Pondicherry and assisted in climate vulnerability analysis, formulating Adaptation and mitigation strategies; both short and long term, conducting one to one interaction with stakeholders to collect preliminary feedback, etc.

What area of the DECCMA project are you involved in?

I am involved in Work Package 4 (Economic Modelling of the Impacts of Climate Change) and Work package 6 (Identifying and evaluating feasible and acceptable planned and autonomous adaptations)

What excites you about the DECCMA project?

Since DECCMA is an integrated and multi-disciplinary project, the scope of learning from this project is high for researchers like me. Specifically, Adaptation Policy review and policy gap analysis and climatic economic modeling excite me apart from understanding the existing and emergent trends of migration.

What are your interests outside of your work?

Indulging in amateur Wildlife photography and reading books.

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 Anwara Begum Ph.D. Anwara Begum Ph.D.
Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies

What is your research background?

Dr. Anwara Begum is a trained Urban and Regional Planner with wide exposure to Development Research especially Migration, and Evaluation and Monitoring focused upon Gender Component. She has delved into the extreme poor pavement dwellers and slum dwellers in her book "Destination Dhaka -Urban Migration: Expectation and Reality". She co-authored book on, "Engendering Garment Industry: The Bangladesh Context". She has evaluated Gender Component of PRIME for InM and Evaluation of SEEMA Project (Garment and Sex Workers) of CARE recently. Previously she evaluated garment workers in Post MFA phase-out, for UNDP. She also evaluated several other projects for SDC, NORAD and DFID, and formulated the PRSP I technical papers on Water and Sanitation, Women and Children (Co-author), PRSP II paper on Housing, Sixth 5 year Plan (co-author; Education) and Social Protection (co-author). Lead author (with another BIDS colleague) for the first Global MDG Report (Water and Sanitation, Population and Settlements, Informal Service Sector, Urban Poverty, Vulnerability, Health, Education etc.) in December 2003. She has 25 years' experience of qualitative and quantitative work on Development Issues especially Migration, Gender, Formal Sector Workers like Garment Industry and also Informal Sector Workers and Working conditions, Poverty Reduction, MDG and PRSP, Water and Sanitation, Evaluation and Monitoring, Urbanization and Regional Development. Dr. Anwara Begum received her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Kolkata in 1983, M.Phil. from the University of Dhaka in 1989, and subsequently obtained her Ph. D. from the University of Liverpool, UK., in 1995. She has been an active researcher on the MDGs, PRSP I and II, Social Safety Protection, and the Sixth Five Year Plan, having a wide interest in development issues: female entrepreneurs, women and economic participation especially in TVET, gender equality and monitoring-evaluation of programs, employment and income programs, rural and urban area development priorities, informal service sector and poverty issues, housing and settlements and the problems of social and economic deprivation of poor rural to urban dwellers, dynamics of international migrants especially female migrants, formal and technical education, human resource development and rural-to-urban migration. Besides technical reports as consultant to World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, GoB etc, she also has articles and books to her credit. She is serving as referee for International and National academic journals, and contributing to many renowned policy making committees, as an active member. She has served as Research Director, CIRDAP, in 2011-2012 and liaised with the fifteen Member Countries of CIRDAP in the Asia Pacific Region. Currently she is working as a Senior Research Fellow of BIDS.

What area of the DECCMA project are you involved in?

WT3.5 Investigate the scenarios of resettlement, displacement and abandonment - Investigate the history of resettlement in the delta and government attitudes towards resettlement with the help from WP1 stakeholder engagement process and Key Informant Interviews with policy makers - Perform historical and policy analysis to identify historical instances of resettlement or abandonment (i.e. research into historical documents/archives of abandonment if it has taken place) and a documentary analysis of policy documents and other literature to further elaborate on cases identified in the semi structured interviews. WT3.3.2 Work with RMMRU and IWFM-BUET in creating sampling strategy WT3.3.3 Work with RMMRU and IWFM-BUET in questionnaire design WT3.6.1 Work with RMMRU and IWFM-BUET in creating culturally and gender-sensitive definitions of successful migration for each delta. The cross-cutting issue to be addressed is gender issues in migration. WT3.6.2 Work with RMMRU and IWFM-BUET in stakeholder interaction on definitions of successful migration WT5.1 Work with RMMRU and IWFM-BUET to develop a preliminary conceptual framework for assessing adaptation and migration in deltas Besides, Dr. Anwara Begum is expected to attend all Bangladesh Partners' meetings and 6-monthly project review meetings to be held in Bangladesh. She is also expected to attend the 6-monthly project review meetings to be held in Ghana, India, Egypt and UK. As the activities of the Project will evolve in the first few months of the project following more discussion among the consortium members, it is expected that all Bangladeshi partners in the project including Dr. Anwara Begum will carry out additional complementary activities, if necessary,

What excites you about the DECCMA project?

The DECCMA Project is exciting because it brings together myriad expertise to address a global issue. Migration is a complex phenomenon and adaptation too is contingent upon many factors and it solicits a multi-dimensional and incisive gender lens. DECCMA offers a totally comprehensive and holistic approach where delta specific constraints are being focused upon and has the potential to draw out policy sensitive niche areas within the migration discourse, albeit tailored to country needs. In all this, the response of migrating population in different areas of the earth, the changing scenario in terms of choices in livelihoods, coping strategies to Climate Change with particular emphasis on the adjustments made by women towards sustaining family/individual benefits and minimizing risks, is noteworthy.

What are your interests outside of your work?

Reading and designing clothes. However, my main interest is in reaching out to people. Social work in any form, from giving advice and counseling, resources etc. to personally visiting those in need and being able to support them all throughout the adjustment period. In essence, teaching young people the few basic ideals I follow myself, in the interest of the future progeny. For me, the mind-set of the new generation is of paramount importance now, because that is the legacy I leave behind.

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Ignacio Cazcarro Ignacio Cazcarro
BC3-Basque Centre for Climate Change

What is your research background?

I carried out my BA, MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Zaragoza (Spain), where I have been a member of the research group "Growth, Demand and Natural Resources". Within that group I was involved in several projects funded by the Ministry of Education and Science and the regional Government of Aragon, particularly focused on the analysis of the link between the economy (production, trade, technology, etc.) and the environment, especially estimating (mostly water) footprints. After that I worked for more than 2 years as post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy (New York, USA) participating in a National Science Foundation (USA) grant project on Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems. The approach was similar but global in scope and although it was quite interdisciplinary, it had a specific focus on water and rivers. In particular our economic analysis consisted on building a world trade model, based on comparative advantage, in which based on the availability of all types of natural resources (also water, studied in its different qualities) we could see the changes in specialization, production and trade of the different regions in the world for different climate change scenarios and diet change scenarios.

What area of the DECCMA project are you involved in?

At the BC3-Basque Centre for Climate Change we are involved in the Economic modelling. This means that we need to make the best use of the interaction with other work-packages, such as the ones involved in looking at the biophysical modelling and the vulnerability of hotspots, as well as obtaining insights on the economic variables (production by sectors, availability of jobs -by gender- and livelihoods in the deltas, changes in prices of commodities, the availability of scarce non-produced inputs such as water, land, etc.). These are also useful also for other areas of the project such as those looking at migration. Potential and actual migration patterns within the delta and outside will also be a function of relative economic opportunities in the context of climate change, and any gender-sensitive adaptation strategy will have to take account of these economic aspects. All in all, the purpose of our research is twofold: (a) providing a tool that allows policy makers to see how different climate scenarios affect the economic options in the delta and how these in turn affect vulnerability and sustainability in the region and (b) linking economic factors to the availability of jobs and livelihoods in the delta and thereby to potential migration fluxes - all in the context of climate change and its effects on different economic activities in the delta.

What excites you about the DECCMA project?

Many aspects. The project has a very focused, interesting and extremely relevant topic of research, since climate change, its expected effect in coastal areas and deltas, and in migration processes have emerged -to me, with reason- as priorities in many research and political agendas. Furthermore, the ones we study seem clearly among the main vulnerable delta regions around the world, and as far as I could see in our recent visit to the Mahanadi River Delta in India, the economies of the Delta are quite distinct in terms of the key activities developed, but also on lifestyles, so understanding, modelling and being able to help in these areas seems to me extremely worth and rewarding. The project is also allowing us to work with partners from those relatively distant regions and cultures, which is always enriching, and it is outstandingly multidisciplinary, which also enables us the understanding of such complex processes, finding that we always complement and learn from the interaction with the project colleagues and the people we are meeting during the project. If that was not enough, this project is allowing us to also learn from leading experts in the fields of sea level rise and related areas of research.

What are your interests outside of your work?

Multiple. For me it is somehow a trade-off the path of specializing in a research topic, when we see today so many interesting topics and challenges worth studying. So far I feel I have been able to keep a relatively broad perspective and study issues that interest me, finding that I often hybrid my work and leisure time. Apart from usual hobbies such as sports (e.g. cycling) and cinema (documentaries, but also social, political or science fiction movies often open our minds on envisaging our near and distant possible futures), I participate with friends in a group of sociopolitical reading, research and training. In spite of having great concerns for most conflicts, news and affairs all around the world, I particularly follow the current situation in Spain with great interest where as in some other places many social movements, parties and debate are boiling.

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Dr Barnabus Amisigo Dr Barnabus Amisigo
Water Research Institute of the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research

What is your research background?

Dr. Barnabas Amisigo has a BSc in Agricultural Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, an MSc in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Guelph, Canada and a PhD in hydrology from the Delft Technical University (TU Delft), the Netherlands. He is a lead scientist on the hydrological modelling and integrated Water Resources Planning and management research projects at the CSIR Water Research Institute (CSIR-WRI), Accra, Ghana. His current areas of interest include flood and drought risk assessment, modelling the impacts of climate and environmental change on water resources, and data assimilation in hydrological modelling. He has undertaken several activities as a researcher/consultant including: modelling the impact of climate change on water resources in the Volta Basin and other basin systems in Ghana for the impacts and adaptation study for Ghana project of the UNU-WIDER and the University of Ghana (UG); assessment of the impact of proposed sugar cane irrigation projects in the White Volta Basin in Ghana on downstream water availability for municipal and hydropower production, an assignment undertaken for the Glowa Volta Project; Conducting training workshops in hydrological/water resources management modelling for partners of the Glowa Volta Project in Ghana and Burkina Faso; leading the CSIR research team on both the Rethinking Water Storage for Climate Change Adaptation in Sub-Saharan Africa project sponsored by BMBF and GIZ of Germany and the Managing Water at the Urban-Rural Interface: The key to climate change resilient cities URAdapt project sponsored by IDRC of Canada. Both projects undertaken in collaboration with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). He is currently co-ordinating the scientific work of a team of research scientists at the CSIR-WRI undertaking various scientific investigations under the re-optimisation and re-operation study of Akosombo & Kpong hydroelectric dams of Ghana sponsored by the African Water Facility of the African Development Bank. The goal of this project is to investigate the technical feasibility of a technique for re-optimising the operations of the main hydropower facility in the country to restore downstream livelihoods and ecosystems, while maintaining, and even enhancing, power generation output and reliability. He is also collaborating with the Department of Water Management of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of the Technical University, Delft (TU Delft), the Netherlands in developing a data assimilation framework for large scale real time hydrological modelling. In addition, he is a scientist on the multi-objective optimisation and system simulation work package (WP 2.3) of the Water Infrastructure Solutions from Ecosystem Services Underpinning Climate Resilient Policies and Programmes (WISE-UP to Climate) international project which is sponsored by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and nuclear Safety (BMU) of Germany and led by IUCN. This on-going project will demonstrate the application of natural infrastructure as a nature-based solution for climate change adaptation and more sustainable development in the Volta and Tana river basins of West and East Africa respectively. He lectures too at the Graduate school of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS) of the University of Ghana in Computational Hydrology and Scientific Computational Skills on a part-time basis and supervises student research and thesis for PhD students under the West Africa Science Centre for Climate Change and Adapted Landuse (WASCAL) research program.

What area of the DECCMA project are you involved in?

Country lead for WP5 on the production of an integrated model that assesses adaptation and migration in deltas. Also a member of the team on WP2 on Vulnerability, hazard and climate change hotspot mapping in the study deltas.

What excites you about the DECCMA project?

Working with interdisciplinary teams both within the country and the entire consortium. The opportunity to share research experiences, skills and tools with experts in a variety of fields and to be part of a wonderful research community. Looking forward to a very successful working relationship with a consortium that feels like family already.

What are your interests outside of your work?

Involved in community activities particularly those geared at raising funds to support needy students in secondary and tertiary institutions.

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Susan Kay Susan Kay
Plymouth Marine Laboratory

What is your research background?

I work in marine ecosystem modelling, using computer models to make projections of how much plankton biomass could develop in the sea under different environmental conditions. This is a multi-disciplinary activity - the models involve the physics of ocean movement and the chemical transfer of carbon, nitrogen and other materials, as well as an ecological understanding of species interaction and competition. My original degree subject was physics, and Ive also done Masters degrees in education and bioinformatics. My PhD was in the field of remote sensing, modelling the way light interacts with the sea surface with the aim of improving satellite images of the ocean. So I hope I bring quite a diverse background in natural science to the project. Ive worked in marine ecosystem modelling since 2012. My other current research work is about European seas, looking at how we best look after the ecosystem health of these heavily exploited seas.

What area of the DECCMA project are you involved in?

Im contributing to the work on fisheries modelling in Work Package 2. Ill use climate model data to produce projections of primary production in the seas around each delta and then Jose Fernandes, my colleague at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, will use that data to make estimates of the future catch of some important fish species in each area. Fish are key sources of nutrition and livelihood in delta areas so we need to understand how climate change, as well as fisheries management practices, could affect the available catch. For the ocean as a whole, it is expected that global warming will tend to reduce productivity because the higher surface temperatures will stabilise the water column and reduce the mixing that brings nutrients to the sunlit areas where plankton live. Its uncertain how this process will affect the shallower water of delta areas, and thats what Im aiming to investigate in DECCMA.

What excites you about the DECCMA project?

DECCMA is bringing a multi-discipline, multi-country group together to investigate a really important topic. Its quite a communications challenge! But we need many different kinds of expertise and approach to make progress in understanding the many pressures that influence peoples decision to migrate. Often the most interesting and exciting ideas emerge when people work together across traditional boundaries, so Im looking forward to seeing what DECCMA will produce.

What are your interests outside of your work?

I enjoy looking after my garden and exploring the local countryside on foot or by bike the south west of England is very beautiful. Im always interested in learning more about the wider world and I belong to two book groups where we read and discuss books that give us insight into the lives of people in other cultures and societies at the moment Im reading about the emergence of Ebola virus in central Africa and everyday life in modern Tehran. I also help to run a charity that gives opportunities for children and adults in my local area to learn more about life in other countries, especially the developing world.

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Dr. Mohammed Abed Hossain Dr. Mohammed Abed Hossain
Institute of Water and Flood Managment (IWFM)

What is your research background?

I am an Environmental Engineer by Education. My research spans the following areas : Stochastic Hydrologic modelling, Industrial Waste Treatment and Disposal, Residual current simulation studies to look into the Meghna Estuary and North Bay of Bengal and the stability of Char lands around cross dams in the Bay of Bengal.

What area of the DECCMA project are you involved in?

I am involved in WP6 & WP2 on the DECCMA project. My primary involvement with the WP6 involves developing evaluation criteria for successful adaptations, preparing an adaptation database to be used across deltas and in national decision making and field validate the adaptation options to find the limitations and way forward. My secondary WP is WP2 in preparing hotspot mapping, developing and maintaining a database derived from hotspot studies and meta data handling for GAEZ.

What excites you about the DECCMA project?

The project has a mix of work that involves dealing with socio-economic data and physical environmental data. The linking of the two sets of data and having a clearer vision of the interplay of factors in human mobility, dynamism and decision making makes it very challenging and also very interesting research in my view. DECCMA would look into migration that has been eternal yet neither understood nor accepted in the complex socio-political scenario of the countries. The adaptation decisions and the underlying assumptions or expectations are of critical interest in my case. The thing that most excites me though is the adaptation fund for which we are to apply after the findings of DECMMA are fine tuned for that purpose. It would be a great achievement for the project and a fruitful contribution for the country

What are your interests outside of your work?

Watching movies, playing an watching cricket and books on history, philosophy and politics.

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Sunita Dey M.Sc. Sunita Dey M.Sc.
Centre for Environment & Development

What is your research background?

My area of interest is interdisciplinary, encompassing the subjects of Geography, Economics, Human Rights and Environmental Science. I have worked on the River Systems, focussing on ecosystem services at the Riparian Zones (three rivers in the state of Maharashtra, India), using both ecological and economical parameters. This piece of research work was a part of my Masters Dissertation, in M.Sc. Environmental Science. I have an experience of conducting PRAs, interviews and household surveys. My other areas of work include, reviewing the status of River Ghats on Ganges (at the banks of Kolkata) and also the Canal System around Kolkata (as Project Consultant, Society for the Promotion of Wasteland Development). My work involved guiding young undergraduate level students (Loreto College, Kolkata) a group of eight students, both on the field and in academic work.

What area of the DECCMA project are you involved in?

In DECCMA, I am researching on the issue of Adaptation (Work Package 6) and also assisting in Governance and Stakeholder Engagement (Work Package 1). Using the baseline inventories and review of the existing policies (relating Climate Change & Adaptation), we will try to identify the existing feasible adaptation options at both the river deltas of Mahanadi (Odisha, India) and Indian Bengal Delta (West Bengal, India). The task should also ensure views and opinions from different stakeholders, through several interviews, focus group discussions, workshops, etc. Furthermore, we would be interested to identify the successful and/or sustainable adaptation options to climate change for the coastal populations.

What excites you about the DECCMA project?

The idea of multidisciplinary and multi-country approach is what excites me the most. The opportunity to exchange knowledge and skills on a multi expertise platform has been enriching and interesting. So, hoping to see the bond growing strong with the entire DECCMA family!

What are your interests outside of your work?

I enjoy travelling (especially love exploring nature in every possible way) and bird watching, besides, spending quality time with family and pets. Sports (e.g. yoga, karate and badminton), listening to music and reading novels (e.g. sci.fi, mystery, historical) have been my favourite past times.

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Prof. Tasneem Siddiqui Prof. Tasneem Siddiqui
Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU)

What is your research background?

Since 1995 I have been working on international labour migration of men and women, remittance governance, disaspora investment, impact of migration on poverty and development, and climate change and migration. All my researches had policy implications. I played a key role in drafting the Overseas Employment Policy of Bangladesh in 2006 and National Strategy on the Management Of Disaster And Climate Induced Internal Displacement 2015.

What area of the DECCMA project are you involved in?

I am involved with WP3 and WP6 of DECCMA. I perform the responsibility of one of the southern co-leads of WP6 and am involved with the household survey in WP3.

What excites you about the DECCMA project?

I am a social scientist. I hardly had chance to work with natural and physical scientists. This project provided me and my research organisation, RMMRU, an opportunity to conduct multidisciplinary research.

What are your interests outside of your work?

I am a human rights activist, therefore, I take a keen interest in different social movements. I enjoy gardening and reading novels.

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Rezaur Rahman Rezaur Rahman
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

What is your research background?

My research background is in the field of water and environment, disaster management and climate change. Some of the research projects in which I have been involved over the years are as follows: Integrated Water Resources Management for Climate Change Adaptation. 2014-2016, ESPA-DELTA: Assessing health, livelihoods, ecosystem services and poverty alleviation in populous deltas, 2012-2016, Climate Policy, Conflicts and Cooperation in Peri-Urban South Asia: Towards Resilient and Water Secure Communities.2014-2018, Disaster Prevention/Mitigation Measures against Floods and Storm Surges in Bangladesh, 2014-2019, Hydraulic profiling of important fish habitats of the Jamuna river, 2010 - 2011, Assessment of climate change risks and adaptation options for secondary cities in south-western Bangladesh and central Vietnam. 2011-12, Integrated Environmental Management: A Case Study on Shrimp-paddy Land Use Strategies in the Southwest of Bangladesh, 2001-2002.

What area of the DECCMA project are you involved in?

I am involved in WP6 (Climate Change Adaptation) as its co-lead. In WP6, I have been involved in creating inventory of climate change adaptation practices and policies of Bangladesh. We have produced reports on the basis of these inventories. Our next tasks are development of criteria of successful adaptation and capturing autonomous adaptation through field survey. I am also carrying out a study on feasibility of shrimp aquaculture in the south-west region as an adaptation measure.

What excites you about the DECCMA project?

I have been able to contribute towards synthesis of the adaptation practices and policies which have given me great satisfaction. This synthesis gives a clear picture in which direction our country, Bangladesh, one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change is heading towards climate change adaptation. It is also exciting to collaborate with world renowned researchers in the climate change field from north-south countries.

What are your interests outside of your work?

My main interest is in reading newspaper and news magazines to follow current events. I also enjoy reading non-fictional books mainly of historical, political and biographical nature.

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Amy Welch Amy Welch
University of Southampton

What is your research background?

I completed my undergraduate degree in Oceans, Climate and Physical Geography at the University of Liverpool. During this time, I participated in a range of modules and took particular interest in coastal management and change. I then completed my MSc(Eng) at the University of Liverpool, in Civil and Environmental Engineering. This course allowed me to explore my interest in coastal engineering, as well as give me an understanding of the importance of considering sustainability and the environmental impacts of engineered structures. I am currently carrying out my PhD research under the supervision of Prof. Nicholls and Dr Lazar, with my research title being Characterising engineered adaptations in deltas. I am in my first year of research, which has focussed on a sample of deltas located across the globe. I have reviewed literature to determine the engineered adaptations the delta has followed, focusing on the drivers of these.

What area of the DECCMA project are you involved in?

I am involved in work package 5 and 6. I will be using conceptual models to explore engineered adaptations that could be used within deltas based upon future scenarios. I will analyse the feasibility and the sustainability of these adaptations.

What excites you about the DECCMA project?

The DECCMA project gives me the opportunity to begin my research career with a diverse group of people who are all extremely knowledgeable, and I believe that I can learn a lot from this. The project addresses major issues that are faced across the globe, in an area that is of particular interest to me. The opportunity to work and seek advice from experts across the globe is very exciting.

What are your interests outside of your work?

I enjoy hill walking and regularly visit National Parks across the UK. I also enjoy travelling, cooking and going to the gym.

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Gregory Cooper Gregory Cooper
University of Southampton

What is your research background?

I completed my undergraduate degree in Physical Geography, here at the University of Southampton. Over the three years I became keenly interested in complex social-ecological systems: past, present and future. My undergraduate dissertation explored how Chinese urban heat islands coevolve with the major social-ecological drivers, such as human population, energy use and vegetation coverage. I am currently in the second year of my PhD, entitled social-ecological tipping points in world deltas. Specifically, I am developing a system dynamics model to explore the future sustainability of fish production from the Chilika lagoon (Mahanadi delta), in relation to the various emergent biophysical and social-economic stresses. Ultimately, the model aims to assess the potentiality of fishery collapse in future, and inform decision making processes by identifying a safe operating space for Chilika.

What area of the DECCMA project are you involved in?

I am associated with work package 2, as Chilika is vulnerable to a suite of climatic and biophysical vulnerabilities. The model has benefitted significantly from data collected by the Chilika Development Authority, who are also part of work package 2 through Dr AK Pattnaik and Dr RN Samal.

What excites you about the DECCMA project?

The broad range of backgrounds, expertise and disciplines involved in DECCMA, which will all be combined within work packages 5 and 6. The use of integrated modelling in work package 5 has similarities with my own project, albeit it at a significantly greater scale. Therefore, the approaches and outputs are of special personal interest. Also, working as part of DECCMA provided the amazing opportunity to visit India during spring 2016, where I conducted interviews with Chilikas fishers and decision makers, and collected quantitative data otherwise unobtainable. The six-week trip was extremely worthwhile and I developed some hopefully life-long professional and social networks. I certainly hope to visit India again in future. I am additionally excited about the opportunities to present and share my research amongst the DECCMA community. The two DECCMA PhD associates seminars to date have been very beneficial, as they have provided opportunities to share methodologies, initial insights and future plans.

What are your interests outside of your work?

I enjoy organising and playing for the Shackleton Geographicals five-aside football team twice a week. I am also a fair weather cyclist, and I try to get down to the local park-run 5km as often as possible. In quieter moments I am a keen reader of Lee Childs Jack Reacher novels, and I enjoy spending time with friends and family whenever possible.

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