Team leader on two research deliverables, ‘Geospatial Risk Analysis’ and ‘Adaptation Analysis’ in the Scottish Government funded Environment Research Programme ‘A rural economy resilient to global and local change’. Leader of the ‘Uncertainty in climate projections’ Project and primary contact in the Core Modelling Group, part of the Significance, Risk and Uncertainty Workstream in the Scottish Government funded Climate Change Centre of Expertise. I plan, schedule and conduct contract, high quality research and knowledge exchange on issues relating to climate change impacts and adaptation, particularly focusing on land use sectors. Provide evidence based support for Scottish Government policy development. Project Lead: CGIAR / ESSP Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security project ‘Agrimod’ an agriculture modelling knowledge hub (www.agrimod.org).
Mike has extensive experience of interdisciplinary research on land use systems modelling, evaluation of the quality and suitability of climate model projections, and climate change impacts studies related to land use and ecosystems services. Working experience of concepts on resilience and adaptive capacity, particularly related to agriculture, social co-learning, social metabolism and stakeholder engagement, ecology, soils science and agro-meteorology.
- Co-author with colleagues at UNEP of research and policy briefs (see below), particularly in the lead-up to the UNFCCC CoP15 Copenhagen Conference, on the role of ecosystems for climate change mitigation, adaptation and poverty alleviation. Invited by UNEP to co-author an article in the World Resource Report 2010.
- Invited panellist for the UN / WMO World Climate Conference – 3, Geneva, 31st August – 4th September 2009. Session W6: Climate and Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management. Author / Editor of the UNEP lead White Paper ‘Climate Information and Capacity Needs for Ecosystem Management, under a Changing Climate’ prepared for the W6 session.
- Member of the IT Team and co-lead of the Uncertainty Group of the Agricultural Model Inter-comparison and Improvement Project. This is a distributed climate-scenario simulation research activity for historical model inter-comparison and future climate change conditions with participation of multiple crop and world agricultural land use, production and economic modelling groups around the world.
- Contributing author the US National Climate Assessment section on Adaptation in Agriculture.
- Reviewing: Editorial Board Member, Nature – Scientific Reports, grant proposal evaluation for ESRC and NERC.