Robert Nicholls

Robert Nicholls is Professor of Coastal Engineering at the University of Southampton, and the leader of the Tyndall Centre’s coastal research programme. His research examines the implications of climate change for the coastal environment, including impacts on flood risk and the potential for adaptation. He has been a lead author in the second and third assessments of the IPCC and is a coordinating lead author in the fourth IPCC report. He was also involved in the Defra Fast Track project.

Papers Published in World Economics:

Response to ‘The Stern Review: A Dual Critique’

This article is a response to the articles in the previous issue of World Economics by Carter et al. and Byatt et al., which criticized the Stern Review of the Economics of Climate Change’s assessment of the potential impacts of climate change. The authors demonstrate that the Stern Review does not underestimate the extent of uncertainty, and does not introduce bias by ignoring the effects of adaptation. The assessment does represent the effects of different socioeconomic futures on impact, and does explain the key sources of uncertainty. The indicators of impact used in the assessment either take adaptation into account (food security, coastal flooding) or represent exposure to impact, and hence indicate a demand for adaptation if impacts are to be avoided.

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