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Chief Scientific Advisor, Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative, University of Notre Dame

Ian Noble is a Senior Advisor to the Global Centre on Adaptation. From 2002 to 2011 he was at the World Bank as the Lead Climate Change Specialist with particular responsibility for the Bank’s activities in adaptation to climate change. For 27 years, Noble was a Professor of Global Change Research at Australian National University and is now an Emeritus Professor.

Noble has had senior roles in the IPCC process and in international cooperative research on climate change as part of the International Geosphere Biosphere Program (IGBP) including chairing the Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE). In Australia, he participated in the public and policy debate over responses to climate change and served as a Commissioner in an inquiry into the future of the Australian forests and forest industries.

An ecologist by training, Dr. Noble holds a Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide, and his research interests cover animal behavior, vegetation and biodiversity management, ecosystem modeling, expert systems and the science-policy interface particularly in the area of adaptation to climate change. In 1999 he was elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and has received the Australian Centenary Medal for Services to Ecology (2001)



  • –present
    Professor Emeritus, Australian National University