Professor Neville Nicholls

  • I undertake research  to improve the scientific basis for improved climate predictions on seasonal and climate-change timescales, and for understanding the causes and impacts of climate variations. I have had a longterm involvement in epidemiological studies linking climate and health. I have been involved in the research underlying the Victorian heatwave alert system, and in ways to improve the  prediction of variations in bushfire activity from year-to-year. I have also specialised in the monitoring and forecasting of changes in extreme weather and climate events including droughts.

    I teach:

    • MON1001 – Climate change: An interdisciplinary challenge (with Professor Christian Jakob, School of Mathematical Sciences). This unit starts by exploring the basic principles and physical processes that define and govern the Earth’s climate. The response of the atmosphere and ocean to these processes is explored, as well as their role in causing climate to vary. Major human decisions that affect climate are then considered followed by an exploration of the likely impacts of climate change. Mitigation of climate change, as well as ways to adapt to climate change are explored, along with the economics and ethical issues related to climate change. International and Australian organisations with roles in the climate change issue are discussed.
    • ATS3902/APG4902 – Geopolitics of climate change. Climate change is as much a geopolitical issue as a scientific issue, and geopolitical considerations will affect the way the world deals with climate change. The responsibility for, and impacts of, climate change vary geographically. These variations influence how countries deal with climate change, which leads to different approaches and coalitions in climate change negotiations. Climate change is likely to change geopolitical alliances and may cause global security concerns. The unit provides a fundamental understanding within a geographical framework of the geopolitical considerations that affect progress in this vital area, as well as the geopolitical consequences of climate change.