Dr Roberto Sánchez-Rodríguez is a Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Studies at the College of the Northern Border, a research institution of Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology. He is an emeritus professor of the Department of Environmental Sciences of the University of California, Riverside. His research addresses the social dimension of global environmental change, vulnerability and adaptation to climate variability and climate change, disaster risk reduction, and sustainable development. Prof. Sánchez-Rodríguez is a Vice-Chair in WGII of the IPCC Bureau, a member of Mexico’s National System of Researchers, and a member of the Scientific Joint Committee of the World Climate Research Programme. He was a lead author of chapter 15 (Adaptation Planning and Implementation) in the WGII of IPCC AR5.