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

Ian Noble joined the previous Global Adaptation Institute as Chief Scientist and continues his work with ND-GAIN. He recently retired from 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.

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. As chief scientific advisor to the ND-GAIN team, Noble recommends refinements to the ND-GAIN Index, as well as advancements to the application of the ND-GAIN Index and ND-GAIN related research. In addition, Noble serves as a key liaison between ND-GAIN and important international stakeholders such as the World Bank and UNFCCC/IPCC.

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. 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)