Climate Change in the Pacific Islands - regional outreach event

Suva (Fiji)
7 Oct 2017
About the Event

This event will take place in the Japan-Pacific ICT Centre, The University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus, Suva. A livestream of the event can be viewed here:

Information Note




Key messages from the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report on Oceans and overview of IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) : Hans-Otto Pörtner, Ch-Chair WGII

Sea Level Rise in the Pacific : Mark Howden, Vice-Chair of the IPCC WGII

Changing Ocean, Marine Ecosystems, and Dependent Communities : Nathaniel Lee Bindoff, IPCC Author

Managing Risks for Climate Change and Extreme Events: Helene Jacot Des Combes, IPCC Author

Impacts on Food Security and Adaptation Options: Mark Howden, Vice-Chair of the IPCC WGII

Overview of the IPCC: its role, mandate, history and the production of the Sixth Assessment Cycle: Ko Barrett, IPCC Vice-Chair

SROCC and other special reports: process, content and regional involvement : Hans Otto-Poertner, Co-Chair WGII

How could the IPCC work better for you: Jonathan Lynn, IPCC Head of Communications

Climate change Governance, Diplomacy and the end of the fossil fuel era: Wesley Morgan


Fifth Assessment Report - Synthesis report

Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis

Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change

Photo Album
Ko Barrett

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

Ko Barrett is the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where she supervises daily operations and administration of NOAA’s research enterprise. In 2015, Ko Barrett was one of the first women elected to serve as a vice chair of the IPCC. For over 15 years, she has represented the United States on delegations charged with negotiating and adopting scientific assessments undertaken by the IPCC. She has also served for over a decade as a lead negotiator for the United States on the United Nations treaty on climate change. Ko Barrett is widely recognized as an expert on climate policy, particularly on issues related to climate impacts and strategies to help society adapt to a changing world.

Nathaniel Lee BINDOFF

University of Tasmania and CSIRO

Nathan Bindoff is Professor of Physical Oceanography at the University of Tasmania in Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, head of Oceans and Crysophere Centre, and associate Director of IMAS.

Nathan is physical oceanographer, specializing in ocean climate and the earth’s climate system, with a focus on understanding the causes of change in the oceans. He was the coordinating lead author for the ocean chapter in the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report and Fifth Assessment reports. Nathan and colleagues documented some of the first evidence for changes in the oceans in the Indian, North Pacific, South Pacific and Southern Ocean’s and the first evidence of changes in the Earths hydrological cycle from ocean salinity. His most recent work is on documenting the decline in oxygen content of the oceans and dynamics of the Southern

He also leads a program on climate futures and is impacts of climate change on Australian climate, in particular, on extreme temperatures, rainfall, runoff, agriculture and ecosystems.

He has published more than 115 peer reviewed papers and more than 44 reports.

Elisabeth Holland

University of the South Pacific

Professor Elisabeth Holland is the Director of the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD) and a Professor in climate change. An internationally recognised scientist for her work in the Earth System, Prof. Holland was also a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She is an author of four of the five IPCC reports, currently a Lead Author on the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Change Climate. She has also served as a US, German and now a Pacific representative to the IPCC. With a career spanning more than three decades, Prof. Holland served as a Senior Scientist and Leader of the Biogeosciences Program at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Mark Howden

Australian National University,

Professor Mark Howden is Director of the Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University. He is also an Honorary Professor at Melbourne University, a Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Wokring Group II and a member of the Australian National Climate Science Advisory Committee. He was on the US Federal Advisory Committee for the 3rd National Climate Assessment and contributes to several major national and international science and policy advisory bodies. Mark has worked on climate variability, climate change, innovation and adoption issues for over 30 years in partnership with many industry, community and policy groups via both research and science-policy roles. Issues he has addressed include agriculture and food security, the natural resource base, ecosystems and biodiversity, energy, water and urban systems. Mark has over 420 publications of different types. He helped develop both the national and international greenhouse gas inventories that are a fundamental part of the Paris Agreement and has assessed sustainable ways to reduce emissions. He has been a major contributor to the IPCC since 1991, with roles in the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and now Sixth Assessment Reports, contributing to the IPCC when it was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.


The University of the South Pacific

Dr Helene is a Senior Lecturer in Climate Change Adaptation at The University of the South Pacific with a strong focus on the integration between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction to build resilience of Pacific communities. She developed, and is the course coordinator of, a post-graduate course on disaster risk management under the Post-graduate diploma on climate change. She is a staff of the European Union Pacific Technical Vocational Education and Training on Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Adaptation Project (EU PacTVET) project where she developed the TVET qualifications on Resilience (Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, CCA&DRR) that are have been endorsed by a regional industry advisory committee. She also supervises several students on different areas of climate change, including the integration of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. She is a Lead Author on the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Change Climate

Jonathan LYNN


Jonathan Lynn is Head of Communications and Media Relations at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Before joining the IPCC in November 2011, he worked as a foreign correspondent and editor for Reuters news agency for 32 years, reporting from over 30 countries around the world. Jonathan has an MA from Cambridge University, where he studied modern languages at Clare College. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Wesley Morgan

Dr Morgan is a Lecturer in Politics and International Affairs at the School of Government, Development and International Affairs at The University of the South Pacific. Prior to joining USP he was Pacific Policy Advisor with Oxfam. He has written widely on contemporary issues in the Pacific Islands, including the politics of regional cooperation and contemporary Pacific trade agreements. His current research explores the agency of Pacific Islands countries in the global climate regime.

Hans-Otto Pörtner

Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research

Hans-Otto Pörtner is a Co-Chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the Sixth Assessment cycle. He received his PhD and habilitated in Animal Physiology at Münster and Düsseldorf Universities. As a Research and then Heisenberg Fellow of the German Research Council he worked at Dalhousie and Acadia Universities, Nova Scotia, Canada and at the Lovelace Medical Foundation, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, before he became Professor and Head of Integrative Ecophysiology at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany. He has established theory and evidence on effects of climate warming, ocean acidification, and hypoxia on marine animals and ecosystems. His efforts focus on linking biogeography and ecosystem functioning to molecular, biochemical and physiological mechanisms shaping organism tolerance and performance. Previously, he was a Lead Author and a Coordinating Lead Author to the 4th and 5th assessment cycles of the IPCC. He is an elected member of the European Academy of Sciences, the German Advisory Council on Global Change and a Clarivate Analytics highly cited researcher 2018 onward.

Tammy Tabe

The University of the South Pacific

Emerging from a background in Marine Studies, Tammy’s research interests took a significant turn when she decided to explore the relocation history of the I-Kiribati people in Solomon Islands as a result of extended periods of drought. In her research, she focuses on the construction and reconstruction of identity of the Solomon Islands I-Kiribati diaspora as a minority Micronesian community in a large Melanesian-dominated society and nation state. She further investigated the historical and colonial relocation of the I-Kiribati people to the Solomon Islands in her PhD thesis, where she provides a comprehensive account and analysis of this forced relocation. Having this study as a platform, she hopes that her research on these early processes of forced relocation will contribute significantly towards policy-making and governing for Pacific Island states that are being affected by climate change and whose people may become subject to future relocation. She is currently a Lecturer for PC 414: Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation at the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development at The University of the South Pacific

Morgan Wairiu

Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development

Dr Morgan Wairiu is currently the Deputy Director of PaCE-SD. He obtained his PhD in Environmental Soil Science from Ohio State University in USA and Master of Science from Aberdeen University in Scotland. Dr Wairiu has broad knowledge on Pacific regions environment and development issues including Government structures and systems both at National and community levels. He has over 25 years work experience in the environment field including climate change adaptation and risk resilience in Solomon Islands and the Pacific region. He also has wide experience Capacity Building and Human Resources Development including training needs assessment and workshop planning and organization. He is a Lead Author on the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C.

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