BRCC Lecturers

The 2015 summer courses will be delivered simultaneously in multiple UN-CECAR partner institutes such as Australia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, India and Vietnam synchronized through the video conferencing tools.


Course I: Science, Impacts and Vulnerability


Janette Lindesay
Associate Director Education & Deputy Director at the Australian National University

Dr. Janette Lindesay is a Deputy Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute. She holds an Honours degree in geography, a Postgraduate Teaching Diploma and a Doctorate in statistical and dynamical climatology from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg). Her principal research interests are in climatic variability, climate change impacts and vulnerability; her current research focuses on low-frequency fluctuations in Australian rainfall in the context of the El Niño Southern Oscillation and other large-scale climate system influences. She chairs the Atmosphere Reference Group for the ACT Region State of the Environment Report, and has been President of the Canberra branch, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. She is a member of three professional meteorological societies and serves on the editorial boards of two international journals.

John Finnigan
Director and Chief Research Scientist at Centre for Complex Systems Science
Nicky Grigg
Research Scientist at CSIRO Land and Water

Dr. Grigg started her studies in environmental fluid dynamics, moving to study sediment diagenesis processes in her Doctor of Philosophy at the Australian National University. She joined the CSIRO Complex Systems Science initiative to work on the implications of nonlinear dynamics on mathematical modeling of ecological systems. Her research has focused on aquatic system responses to human actions. She is currently focusing on Integrated Global Modeling and Analysis in collaboration with the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research. The project will be integrating biophysical models with social and economic models to consider climate change and global change scenarios.

David Newth
Senior Research Scientist, Centre for Complex Systems Science, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia

Dr. David Newth is the Group Leader of Earth Assess- ment, CSIRO Center for Complex Systems Science, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research. He obtained a Doctor of Philosophy at the Charles Sturt University, Australia. He has been working in the field of Complex Systems and Complex Networks, Simulation and Modeling, Integrated Assessment, Parallel and High-Performance Computing, Cellular Automata & Random Boolean Networks, and Evolutionary Computation & Machine Learning.

Srikantha Herath
Senior Academic Programme Officer; Head of Global Change and Sustainability Section, UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace

Dr. Herath engages in research and education in water security, climate change and natural disaster risk reduction. His postgraduate teaching and research currently focuses on global change impacts on environmental processes, especially related to atmospheric process with applications in urban hydrology, flood forecasting, damage estimation, sediment transport and water cycle change assessment using physically based distributed hydrological modelling aided by Remote Sensing and GIS. He has more than 150 publications to his credit. Recent publications include, contributions to book chapters “Challenges for delta areas in copying with urban floods (2008, in Urban Water Francis and Taylor), Climate Change: Key Uncertainties and Robust Findings, and Urban Flood Risk Assessment (2010, in Urban Flood management, Francis and Taylor) and editing the series on Climate Change Adaptation (vol. 1-4, University Network on Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research, 2009-2010). In addition to various other current professional positions, he holds a position as Visiting Professor, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), The University of Tokyo.

Video from BRCC 2012 Course interview with Srikantha Herath

Kaoru Takara
Innovative Disaster Prevention Technology and Policy Research Lab, Division of Disaster Management for Safe and Secure Society, Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Japan

Professor Kaoru Takara has been interested in physically based stochastic hydrological analysis, using state-space modeling of river basins with advanced technologies such as the Kalman filter, rain radar, satellite remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and computer intensive statistics. Modeling and forecasting of heavy rain-falls, floods and landslides are key to prevent and reduce the disaster risks in river basins. His current interests include: probable maximum precipitation (PMP), probable maximum flood (PMF), frequency analysis of meteorological and hydrological extremes with parametric and non- parametric methods, downscaling of global climate model (GCM) outputs for applications at basin scale. He has been contributing to international cooperation research activities through UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP), Asia Pacific Association of hydrology and Water Resources (APHW), International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), International Water Resources Association (IWRA), and International Consortium on Landslides (ICL), as well as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Flood Risk Management. In the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, he has produced 32 doctors including international students: Brazil (2), China (2), Croatia, India (2), Indonesia, Japan (10), R. Korea (3), Malaysia (2), Nepal (4), The Philippines, Taiwan (2), Tanzania, and Vietnam.

Tokuta Yokohata
Senior Researcher, Climate Risk Assessment Research Section, Center for Global Environmental Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan

Dr. Tokuta Yokohata is a Senior Researcher of Climate Risk Assessment Research at NIES. His research focuses are climate model development, future climate prediction, understanding feedback processes in climate system, and risk assessment of the climate change. His papers on uncertainty in climate projections are cited as important contribution to recently released Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group I. Now he also studies the risks of the climate change based on an integrated numerical model of climate, water resources, terrestrial ecosystem, agriculture, and human land use.

Swain Dillip
Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Dr. Dillip Kumar Swain is a actively involved in teaching and research programme of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, since his joining as Assistant Professor. Prior to joining IIT, Dr. Swain worked as Post-Doctoral Fellow at the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan, through Japan Society for the Promotion Science Fellowship during the year 2003 to 2005. Dr. Swain teaches the subjects: Systems Approach in Agriculture, Soil-Plant-Water Relationships, and Crop Production Systems for undergraduates and postgraduate students in Agricutlural Engineering. The research areas of Dr. Swain are Climate Change Impact Assessment on Crop Modeling and Simulation. Dr. Swain completed his Doctoral Degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India, which received the Fertilizer Association of India Silver Jubilee Award in 2003 for the outstanding doctoral research in Fertilizer Usage.


Course II: Approaches to Adaptation


Mazlin Mokhtar
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research & innovation Affairs, National University of Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia

Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mazlin Bin Mokhtar is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), University Kebangsaan Malaysia. For his contributions to communities at various levels and scales, Mazlin Mokhtar was bestowed the special medals and title awards of Paduka Mahkota Perak (PMP) by The Sultan of Perak in 2002 and Darjah Dato Setia DiRaja Kedah (DSDK) by The Sultan of Kedah in 2014. He heads the Environmental Health Sub Cluster of the Malaysian Council of Professors, and he is appointed as a Senior Advisor of the UNESCO related conferences and workshops on Sustainability Science for the Future that We Want in developing Sustainable Development Goals post 2015. In addition, he is also the founding chairman of a committee that set up the foundation of the ongoing National Sustainable School Environment Award Programme in Malaysia, and sits in the Board of Trustee of WWF Malaysia and the Selection Committee of ANUGERAH MERDEKA Malaysia (Environment).

Darmanto
Professor of Capacity Building on Disaster Risk Management for Sustainable Community Development at the Universitas Gadjah Mada

Assoc. Prof. Darmanto is associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Gadjah Mada. His research interests are hydraulics, sanitation engineering and environmental engineering. He has extensive practical experience in community development and local capacity building for disaster risk management as a team leader of various sustainable community development initiatives in Indonesia.

Djoko Legono
Professor at Civil and Environmental Engineering, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

Tran Thuc
Director General, Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment, Viet Nam

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Thuc has almost 30 years of experience in hydrology, environmental and disaster management, institutional capacity building, policy analysis, planning, management, monitoring, evaluation and development of environmental and water resource projects. His abilities and experience include adoption and market transformation of sustainable technologies; formulation and preparation of climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies and action plans; partnership building as a means to achieving adoption of integrated water resources management, development and implementation of integrated multi-purpose watershed management plans; development and mentoring of environmental and water resource professionals; formulation and implementation of water resource and quality projects; and coordinating and negotiating projects in climate change and watershed management in Viet Nam. He holds a doctoral degree in engineer in the field of Hydraulics and Coastal Engineering at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand

Toshio Koike
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Toshio Koike serves as Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo. His research interest includes water cycle and climate sciences and their applications to water resources management, which can be classified into the following three components: establishment of satellite remote sensing; development of the data integration and information fusion system; and development of the hydrological down-scaling methods including satellite-based data assimilation. In addition to his position at The University of Tokyo, he also serves as Special Adviser to Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan. He received his Ph.D. in engineering from the Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo.

So Kazama
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tohoku University, Japan

Mai Trong Nhuan
Governmental Senior Expert and Former President of National University of Viet Nam, Vietnam

Prof. Dr. Mai Trọng Nhuan, former President of Vietnam National University, Hanoi, was born in 1952. He was conferred the title of professor of earth sciences in 1996 and awarded the title of Teacher of Merit in 2008. He undertook many leadership and management positions at member universities of VNU since 1996 and served as President of VNU from October 2007. In February 2013 he was appointed as a Governmental Senior Expert.

Mohan Munasinghe
Chairman, Munasinghe Institute for Development (MIND), Sri Lanka