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Professor Robert Nicholls BSc PhD

Professor of Coastal Engineering

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Professor Robert Nicholls is Professor of Coastal Engineering within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.

Climate change is a major challenge for the coast and we need to train engineers and scientists who can tackle these complex issues.

Robert is Professor of Coastal Engineering at the University of Southampton where he actively contributes and leads research and education in this area. His research is mainly focussed long-term coastal engineering and management, especially the issues of coastal impacts and adaptation to climate change, with an emphasis on sea-level rise. This work occurs at all scales from local research in the Solent, up to global assessments. A major recent theme of research is the future of deltaic areas which are the most threatened coastal setting in the coming century. He has also been involved in a number of international assessments, and in particular the International Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), who were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He was awarded the Roger Revelle Medal by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission in 2008. This recognises 'outstanding contributions to the ocean sciences by inspired researchers who communicate their knowledge and global vision of the challenges facing our Planet in order to shape a better future for humankind'.

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Robert's research is mainly focussed long-term coastal engineering and management, especially the issues of coastal impacts and adaptation to climate change, with an emphasis on sea-level rise. A major recent theme are the future of deltaic areas which are the most threatened coastal setting in the coming century.

This includes lead authorship of chapters in four reports of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC): Second Assessment Report (1996); the Regional Assessment (1998); the Special Report on Technology Transfer (2000); and the Third Assessment Report (2001). He was Convening Lead Author (with P.P. Wong (Singapore)) for the "Coastal Systems and Low-Lying Areas" chapter in the IPCC 4th assessment and was the Review Editor of the Coastal Chapter in the IPCC 5th Assessment (published March 2014).

He has contributed to many national studies such as the DEFRA-funded "Fast Track" assessments as the coastal expert, the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, and led the coastal research theme in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research which developed the "Coastal Simulator". He continues to lead the Cities and Coasts theme of the Tyndall Centre.  He also contributed to the Foresight study of Flood and Coastal Defence and its update for the Pitt Review and participated in related UK missions to Russia and the USA.

He was one of the principal developers of the DIVA (Dynamic Interactive Vulnerability Assessment) which builds on his experience with the Fast Track Assessments. DIVA has been used in both research and in policy development. This includes input into the EU Green Paper on Adaptation, the UNFCCC 2007 paper on adaptation costs, the World Bank 2010 assessment of Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change, and the Asian Development Bank study of China, South Korea, Japan and Mongolia. He has lead two recent OECD papers on climate change, including a global assessment of flood exposure in large port cities. This work continues with funding both the national AVOID Programme and the OECD. He is also advising several national governments on adaptation in coastal areas, such as Singapore.

Currently he is Principal Investigator/Co-Investigator of eight major projects. He leads the NERC-funded iCOASST Project (2012-2016) which concerns "Predicting Long-term Coastal Geomorphological Evolution" and is a partnership with the Environment Agency with application to flood and erosion risk management. He also leads the Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) study on "Assessing Health, Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services And Poverty Alleviation In Populous Deltas" (2012-2016). This is based in coastal Bangladesh, but is also developing transferable methods for other deltas. The other active projects are:

Core from marsh
Understanding past sea levels
Eling, River Test
Coasts have many functions
Isle of Wight
Storms can create flooding
Sea-level rise could cause major problems
On a fieldtrip to Bangladesh
Happisburgh, Norfolk
Coastal erosion causes problems
Dover, UK
Ports are vulnerable
Hinkley Point nuclear power station
Coasts need protection
Southsea, Hampshire
Protection for low-lying coast
In the field on the Dee Estuary
Learning from other experts
They help make decisions
Stakeholders are important

Research group(s)

Energy and Climate Change

Affiliate research group(s)

Coastal Engineering and Management

Research project(s)

THESEUS: Innovative technologies for safe European coasts in a changing climate

Quantifying projected impacts under 2°C warming (IMPACT2C)

CLIMSAVE - Climate change integrated assessment methodology for cross-sectoral adaptation and vulnerability in Europe

The impact of tide gates on fish migration

iCOASST - integrating coastal sediment systems

ESPA Deltas

Can we maintain efficient energy supplies? Adaptation and Resilience of Coastal Energy Supply (ARCoES)

Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC)

Shipping in changing climates

Quantifying projected impacts under high end climate change (RISES-AM-)

Belmont Forum DELTAS

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Book Section(s)

  • Introducing national infrastructure assessment - Hall, Jim W., Nicholls, Robert J., Hickford, Adrian J. and Tran, Martino. In The Future of National Infrastructure: A System-of-Systems Approach - Hall, Jim W., Tran, Martino, Hickford, Adrian J. and Nicholls, Robert J. (eds.)
    Published:
    2016
    Published by:
    Cambridge, GB
    Page Range:
    3-11
  • The future of national infrastructure - Hall, Jim W., Nicholls, Robert J., Tran, Martino and Hickford, Adrian J.. In The Future of National Infrastructure: A System-of-Systems Approach - Hall, Jim W., Tran, Martino, Hickford, Adrian J. and Nicholls, Robert J. (eds.)
    Published:
    2016
    Published by:
    Cambridge, GB
    Page Range:
    310-318
  • A framework for analysing the long-term performance of interdependent infrastructure systems - Hall, Jim W., Otto, Alexander, Hickford, Adrian J, Nicholls, Robert J and Tran, Martino. In The Future of National Infrastructure: A System-of-Systems Approach - Hall, Jim W., Tran, Martino, Hickford, Adrian J. and Nicholls, Robert J. (eds.)
    Published:
    2016
    Published by:
    Cambridge, GB
    Page Range:
    12-29
  • Assessing the performance of national infrastructure strategies - Tran, Martino, Hall, Jim W., Nicholls, Robert J. and Hickford, Adrian J.. In The Future of National Infrastructure: A System-of-Systems Approach - Hall, Jim W., Tran, Martino, Hickford, Adrian J. and Nicholls, Robert J. (eds.)
    Published:
    2016
    Published by:
    Cambridge, GB
    Page Range:
    205-226
  • Coastal wetland habitats: future challenges and potential solutions - Mokrech, M., Gardiner, S., Nicholls, R.J., Watkinson, A.R. and Sutherland, W.J.. In Broad Scale Coastal Simulation: New Techniques to Understand and Manage Shorelines in the Third Millennium - Nicholls, R.J., Dawson, R.J. and Day, S.A. (eds.)
    Published:
    2015
    Published by:
    Dordrecht, NL
    Series:
    Advances in Global Change Research, 49
    Page Range:
    167-186
    doi:
    10.1007/978-94-007-5258-0_6
  • Evaluating broadscale morphological change in the coastal zone using a logic-based behavioural systems approach - Hanson, S., French, J., Spencer, T., Brown, I., Nicholls, R.J., Sutherland, W.J. and Balson, P.. In Broad Scale Coastal Simulation: New Techniques to Understand and Manage Shorelines in the Third Millennium - Nicholls, R.J., Dawson, R.J. and Day, S.A. (eds.)
    Published:
    2015
    Published by:
    Dordrecht, NL
    Series:
    Advances in Global Change Research, 49
    Page Range:
    147-165
    doi:
    10.1007/978-94-007-5258-0_5
  • GIS platforms for managing, assessing and integrating model results: the Tyndall Coastal Simulator experience - Mokrech, M., Nicholls, R.J., Day, S.A., Dawson, R.J., Jude, S. and Koukoulas, S.. In Broad Scale Coastal Simulation: New Techniques to Understand and Manage Shorelines in the Third Millennium - Nicholls, R.J., Dawson, R.J. and Day, S.A. (eds.)
    Published:
    2015
    Published by:
    Dordrecht, NL
    Series:
    Advances in Global Change Research, 49
    Page Range:
    273-298
    doi:
    10.1007/978-94-007-5258-0_11
  • The challenge for coastal management during the third millenium - Dawson, Richard J., Nicholls, Robert J. and Day, Sophie A.. In Broad Scale Coastal Simulation: New Techniques to Understand and Manage Shorelines in the Third Millennium - Nicholls, Robert J., Dawson, Richard J. and Day, Sophie A. (eds.)
    Published:
    2015
    Published by:
    Dordrecht, NL
    Series:
    Advances in Global Change Research, 49
    Page Range:
    1-78
  • The risks of sea-level rise for coastal cities - Nicholls, R.J., Reeder, T., Brown, S. and Haigh, I.D.. In Climate change: a risk assessment - King, D., Schrag, D., Dadi, Z., Ye, Q. and Ghosh, A. (eds.)
    Published:
    2015
    Published by:
    London, GB
    Page Range:
    94-98
  • Introduction - Zanuttigh, B., Nicholls, R.J. and Hanson, S.. In Coastal Risk Management in a Changing Climate - Zanuttigh, B., Nicholls, R.J., Vanderlinden, J.-P., Burcharth, H.F. and Thompson, R.C. (eds.)
    Published:
    2015
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Page Range:
    1-8
    doi:
    10.1016/B978-0-12-397310-8.00001-4
  • Assessing flood impacts, wetland changes and climate adaptation in Europe: the CLIMSAVE approach - Mokrech, M., Kebede, A.S. and Nicholls, R.J.. In Environmental Modeling with Stakeholders: Theory, Methods and Applications - Gray, S.A., Paolisso, M.J., Gray, S.R.J. and Jordan, R.C. (eds.)
    Published:
    2015
    Published by:
    New York, US
  • Case studies worldwide - Hanson, S., Nicholls, R.J. and Zanuttigh, B.. In Coastal Risk Management in a Changing Climate - Zanuttigh, B., Nicholls, R.J., Vanderlinden, J.-P., Burcharth, H.F. and Thompson, R.C. (eds.)
    Published:
    2015
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Page Range:
    326-331
  • Developing a holistic approach to assessing and managing coastal flood risk - Nicholls, R.J., Zanuttigh, B., Vanderlinden, J.-P., Weisse, R., Hanson, S., Hoggart, S., Thompson, R.C., de Vries, W., Koundouri, P. and , . In Coastal Risk Management in a Changing Climate
    Published:
    2015
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Page Range:
    9-53
    doi:
    10.1016/B978-0-12-397310-8.00002-6
  • Adapting to sea level rise - Nicholls, R.J.. In Coastal and Marine Hazards, Risks and Disasters - Ellis, J.T. and Sherman, D.J. (eds.)
    Published:
    2014
    Published by:
    London, GB
    Page Range:
    243-270
  • Coping with coastal change - Nicholls, R.J., Stive, M.J.F. and Tol, R.S.J.. In Coastal Environments and Global Change - Masselink, Gerd and Gehrels, Roland (eds.)
    Published:
    2014
    Page Range:
    410-431
  • Sea-level rise impacts and responses: a global perspective - Brown, S., Nicholls, R.J., Woodroffe, C.D., Hanson, S., Hinkel, J., Kebede, A.S., Neumann, B. and Vafeidis, A.T.. In Coastal Hazards - Finkl, Charles W. (ed.)
    Published:
    2013
    Published by:
    Dordrecht, NL
    Page Range:
    117-149
    doi:
    10.1007/978-94-007-5234-4_5
  • The economics of adaptation in the coastal sector - Nicholls, R.J., Hanson, S. and Hinkel, J.. In Economics of Climate Change in East Asia - Westphal, Michael L., Hughes, Gordon A. and Brömmelhörster, Jörn (eds.)
    Published:
    2013
    Published by:
    Mandaluyong, PH
    Page Range:
    60-83
  • Impacts and strategic responses to rising sea levels in the European Union [full paper] - Brown, S., Nicholls, Robert J., Pardaens, A.K., Lowe, J.A., Vafeidis, A.T., Hinkel, J. and Watkiss, P.. In Comprehensive Flood Risk Management: Research for Policy and Practice - Klijn, Frans and Schweckendiek, Timo (eds.)
    Published:
    2012
    At event:
    2nd European Conference on Flood Risk Management
    Published by:
    London, GB
    Page Range:
    1139-1147
  • Impacts and strategic responses to rising sea levels in the European Union[extended abstract] - Brown, S., Nicholls, R.J., Pardaens, A.K., Lowe, J.A., Vafeidis, A.T., Hinkel, J. and Watkiss, P.. In Comprehensive Flood Risk Management: Research for Policy and Practice - Klijn, F. and Schweckendiek, T. (eds.)
    Published:
    2012
    At event:
    European Conference on Flood Risk Management
    Page Range:
    289-289
  • Tunnelling through the complexity of national infrastructure planning - Hall, J.W., Henriques, J.J., Hickford, A.J. and Nicholls, R.J.. In Earth Systems Engineering 2012
    Published:
    2012
    At event:
    Earth Systems Engineering 2012: A Technical Symposium on Systems Engineering for Sustainable Adaptation to Global Change
    Published by:
    Newcastle upon Tyne, GB, Earth Systems Engineering 2012: A technical symposium on systems engineering for sustainable adaptation to global change
    Page Range:
    65-70
  • Scenarios for coastal vulnerability assessment - Nicholls, R.J., Woodroffe, C.D., Burkett, V., Hay, J., Wong, P.P. and Nurse, L.. In Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science Vol. 12 Ecological Economics of Estuaries and Coasts - Wolanski, E. and McLusky, D.S. (eds.)
    Published:
    2012
    Published by:
    Maryland Heights, US
  • Extreme flood events and port cities through the twenty-first century: implications of climate change and other drivers - Hanson, S. and Nicholls, R.J.. In Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge - Asariotis, R. and Benamara, H. (eds.)
    Published:
    2012
    Published by:
    Abingdon, GB
    Series:
    Earthscan Climate
    Page Range:
    243-265
  • Planning for changes in extreme events in port cities throughout the 21st century - Hanson, S. and Nicholls, R.J.. In Climate Adaptation and Flood Risk in Coastal Cities - Aerts, J. , Botzen , W., Bowman, M., Ward, P. and Dircke, P. (eds.)
    Published:
    2011
    Published by:
    London, GB
    Series:
    Earthscan Climate
    Page Range:
    9-26
  • A global analysis of coastal erosion of beaches due to sea-level rise: an application of DIVA - Nicholls, R.J., HInkel, J., Tol, R.S.J., Boot, G., Vafeidis, A.T. and McFadden, L.. In Proceedings of the Coastal Sediments 2011
    Published:
    2011
    At event:
    Coastal Sediments 2011
    Published by:
    London, GB
    Page Range:
    313-326
    doi:
    10.1142/9789814355537_0024
  • Coastal margins - Jones, L., Angus, S., Cooper, A., Doody, P., Everard, M., Garbutt, A., Gilchrist, P., Hansom, J., Nicholls, R.J., Pye, K., Ravenscroft, N., Rees, S., Rhind, P. and Whitehouse, A.. In UK National Ecosystem Assessment Technical Report
    Published:
    2011
    Published by:
    Cambridge, GB
  • Impacts of and responses to sea-level rise - Nicholls, R.J.. In Understanding Sea-Level Rise and Variability - Church, J.A., Woodworth, P.L., Aarup, T. and Wilson, W.S. (eds.)
    Published:
    2010
    Published by:
    Chichester, GB
    Page Range:
    17-51
    doi:
    10.1002/9781444323276.ch2
  • Sea-level rise and variability: synthesis and outlook for the future - Church, J.A., Aarup, T., Woodworth, P.L., Wilson, W.S., Nicholls, R.J., Rayner, R., Lambeck, K., Mitchum, G.T., Steffen, K., Cazenave, A., Blewitt, G., Mitrovica, J.X. and Lowe, J.A.. In Understanding Sea-Level Rise and Variability - Church, J.A., Woodworth, P.L., Aarup, T. and Wilson, W.S. (eds.)
    Published:
    2010
    Published by:
    Chichester, GB
    Page Range:
    402-419
    doi:
    10.1002/9781444323276.ch13
  • Coastal zone - Kebede, A.S., Nicholls, R.J., Brown, S. and Hanson, S.. In Mozambique: Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change
    Published:
    2010
    Published by:
    Washington, US
    Page Range:
    47-58
  • The Tyndall coastal simulator and interface - Nicholls, Robert, Hanson, Susan, Mokrech, Mustafa, Stansby, Peter, Chini, Nicolas, Walkden, Mike, Dawson, Richard, Roche, Nicholas, Hall, Jim, Nicholson-Cole, Sophie, Watkinson, Andrew, Jude, Simon, Lowe, Jason, Wolf, Judith, Leake, James, Rounsevell, Mark, Fontaine, Corentin and Acosta-Michlik, Lilibeth. In Coastal Engineering: Proceedings of the 31st International Conference - McKee Smith, Jane (ed.)
    Published:
    2009
    At event:
    Coastal Engineering 2008: 31st International Conference on Coastal Engineering
    Published by:
    London, UK
    Volume:
    5
    Page Range:
    4341-4353
    doi:
    10.1142/9789814277426_0360
  • Twentieth-century changes in extreme still sea levels in the English Channel - Haigh, I., Nicholls, R.J. and Wells, N.C.. In Coastal Engineering 2008: Proceedings of the 31st International Conference - Smith, Jane Mckee (ed.)
    Published:
    2009
    At event:
    31st International Conference on Coastal Engineering
    Published by:
    New Jersey, USA
    Page Range:
    1199-1209
  • Beaches, cliffs and deltas - Stive, M.J.F., Cowell, P. and Nicholls, R.J.. In Geomorphology and Global Environmental Change
    Published:
    2009
    Published by:
    Cambridge, UK
    Page Range:
    158-179
  • River and coastal flood management - Nicholls, R.J.. In Biodiversity in the Balance: Mitigation and Adaptation Conflicts and Synergies - Berry, P.M. (ed.)
    Published:
    2009
    Page Range:
    171-213
  • Coastal degradation as an indicator of global change - Nicholls, R.J., Woodroffe, C.D. and Burkett, V.R.. In Climate Change: Observed Impacts on Planet Earth - Letcher, Trevor (ed.)
    Published:
    2009
    Published by:
    Oxford, UK
    Page Range:
    409-424
  • Impacts of climate change - Warren, R., Arnell, N.W. and Nicholls, R.J.. In The Oxford Companion to Global Change - Cuff, David and Goudie, Andrew (eds.)
    Published:
    2008
    Published by:
    Oxford, UK
  • Integrated modeling for coastal impacts - Leake, J., Wolf, J., Lowe, J. A., Stansby, P.K., Nicholls, R. J., Mokrech, M., Nicholson-Cole, S., Walkden, M.J.A., Watkinson, A.R. and Hanson, S.. In Estuarine and Coastal Modelling: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference - Spaulding, Malcolm Lindhurst (ed.)
    Published:
    2008
    At event:
    Proceedings 10th International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modelling, November 2007, Newport, Rhode Island. ASCE. New York.
    Published by:
    Reston, US
  • Climate change impacts on coastal biodiversity - Burkett, V.R., Fernandez, L, Nicholls, R. J. and Woodroffe, C.D.. In Proceedings of Climate Change and Biodiversity in the Americas - Fenech, A., MacIver, D. and Dallmeier, F. (eds.)
    Published:
    2008
    At event:
    Climate Change and Biodiversity in the Americas
    Published by:
    Quebec, Canada
    Page Range:
    167-193
  • Using virtual reality to simulate coastal erosion: a participative decision tool? - Brown, I., Jude, S., Koukoulas, S., Nicholls, R.J., Dickson, M. and Walkden, M.. In GIS for Environmental Decision Making
    Published:
    2008
    Page Range:
    193-210
  • Global climate change: implications for coastal systems and low-lying areas - Nicholls, R. J.. In Proceedings of Expert Symposium on Climate Change: Modelling, Impacts & Adaptations
    Published:
    2007
    At event:
    Expert Symposium on Climate Change - Modelling, Impacts and Adaptation. National University of Singapore, 17-19th December
    Published by:
    Singapore
    Page Range:
    23-28
  • Assessing impacts and responses to global-mean sea-level rise - Nicholls, Robert J., Tol, Richard S.J. and Hall, Jim W.. In Human-Induced Climate Change: an Interdisciplinary Assessment - Schlesinger, Michael E., Kheshgi, Harron S., Smith, Joel, de la Chesnaye, Francisco C., Reilly, John M., Wilson, Tom and Kolstad, Charles (eds.)
    Published:
    2007
    Published by:
    Cambridge, UK
    Page Range:
    119-134
  • Coastal processes - Hinton, C., Townend, I.H. and Nicholls, R.J.. In Future Flooding and Coastal Erosion Risks - Thorne, C., Evans, E. and Penning-Rowsell, E. (eds.)
    Published:
    2007
    Published by:
    London, UK
    Page Range:
    pp.132-148
  • Morphological interactions within UK estuaries: A preliminary analysis of critical rates of sea-level rise - Rossington, K., Nicholls, R.J. and Knaapen, M.F. In Coastal Sediments '07
    Published:
    2007
    At event:
    Proceedings of 6th International Symposium of Coastal Engineering and Science of Coastal Sediment Processes
    Published by:
    New York, USA
    Page Range:
    1200-1213
  • Shoreface morphodynamics along the Holland coast - Hinton, C.L. and Nicholls, R. J.. In Coastal and Shelf Sediment Transport - Balson, P.S. and Collins, M.B. (eds.)
    Published:
    2007
    Published by:
    Geological Society
    Series:
    Geological Society, London, Special Publications
    Page Range:
    93-101
    doi:
    10.1144/GSL.SP.2007.274.01.10
  • Ice and sea-level change - Church, J., Nicholls, R. J., Hay, J. and Gornitz, V.. In Global Outlook for Ice & Snow
    Published:
    2007
    Published by:
    Nairobi, Kenya
    Page Range:
    1551-180
  • Environmental impacts of future flood risk - Watkinson, A.R., Nicholls, R.J., Sear, D.A. and Ledoux, L.. In Future Flooding and Coastal Erosion Risks - Thorne, C., Evans, E. and Penning-Rowsell, E. (eds.)
    Published:
    2007
    Published by:
    London, UK
    Page Range:
    29-44
  • Drivers of coastal erosion - Burgess, K., Jay, H. and Nicholls, R.J.. In Future Flooding and Coastal Erosion Risks - Thorne, C., Evans, E. and Penning-Rowsell, E. (eds.)
    Published:
    2007
    Published by:
    London, UK
    Page Range:
    267-279
  • Vulnerability and beyond: a national to global perspective - Nicholls, R.J.. In Managing Coastal Vulnerability - McFadden, L., Nicholls, R. and Penning-Rowsell, E. (eds.)
    Published:
    2007
    Page Range:
    243-260
  • The management of coastal flooding and erosion - Nicholls, R.J. and Townend, I.H.. In Future Flooding and Coastal Erosion Risks - Thorne, C., Evans, E. and Penning-Rowsell, E. (eds.)
    Published:
    2007
    Published by:
    London, UK
    Page Range:
    392-413
  • Assessment of future coastal erosion risk - Burgess, K., Jay, H., Nicholls, R.J., Green, C. and Penning-Rowsell, E.C.. In Future Flooding and Coastal Erosion Risks - Thorne, C., Evans, E. and Penning-Rowsell, E.C. (eds.)
    Published:
    2007
    Published by:
    London, UK
    Page Range:
    pp.280-293
  • Coastal systems and low-lying areas - Nicholls, R. J., Wong, P.P., Burket, V.R., Codignotto, J., Hay, J.E., McLean, R.F., Ragoonaden, S. and Woodroffe, C.D.. In Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability - Parry, M.L., Canziani, O.F., Palutikof, J.P., van der Linden, P.J. and Hanson, C.E. (eds.)
    Published:
    2007
    Published by:
    Cambridge, UK
    Page Range:
    315-356
  • Managing coastal vulnerability and climate change: a national to global perspective - Nicholls, Robert J., Klein, Rochard J.T. and Tol, Richard S.J.. In Managing Coastal Vulnerability - McFadden, Loraine, Nicholls, Robert and Penning-Roswell, Edmund (eds.)
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
    Page Range:
    223-241
  • Setting the parameters: a framework for developing cross-cutting perspectives of vulnerability for coastal zone management - McFadden, Loraine, Penning-Rowsell, Edmund and Nicholls, Robert J.. In Managing Coastal Vulnerability - McFadden, Loraine, Nicholls, Robert J. and Penning-Roswell, Edmund (eds.)
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    Oxford, UK
    Page Range:
    1-13
  • Climate stabilisation and impacts of sea-level rise - Nicholls, R.J. and Lowe, J.A.. In Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change - Schellnhuber, Hans Joachim, Cramer, Wolfgang, Nakicenovic, Nebojsa, Wigley, Tom and Yohe, Gary (eds.)
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    Cambridge, UK
    Page Range:
    195-202
  • Efficient broad scale flood risk assessment over multi-decadal timescale - Dawson, R.J, Hall, J.W, Nicholls, R.J., Bates, P.D, Dickson, M.E and Walkden, M.J.A. In Stochastic Hydraulics '05
    Published:
    2006
    At event:
    Proceedings 9th International Symposium on Stochastic Hydraulics
  • The role of sea-level rise and the Greenland ice sheet in dangerous climate change: implications for the stabilisation of climate - Lowe, J.A., Gregory, J.M., Ridley, J., Huybrechts, P., Nicholls, R.J. and Collins, M.. In Avoiding dangerous climate change - Schnellnhuber, H.J., Cramer, W., Nakicenovic, N., Wigley, T. and Yohe, G. (eds.)
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    New York, USA
    Page Range:
    29-36
  • Storm surges in coastal areas - Nicholls, R. J.. In Natural Disaster hotspots: case studies - Arnold, M., Chen, R.S., Deichmann, U., Dilley, M. and Lerner-Lam, A.L. (eds.)
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    Washington, USA
    Series:
    Disaster Risk Management
    Page Range:
    79-108
  • Sea-level rise: coastal impacts and responses - Brooks, N., Nicholls, R. J. and Hall, J.. In The Future Oceans: Warming Up, Rising High, Turning Sour (Special Report) - Schubert, R., Schellnhuber, H.J., Buchmann, N., Epiny, A., Greisshammer, R., Kulessa, M., Messner, D., Rahmstorf, S. and Schmid, J. (eds.)
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    Berlin, Germany
    Page Range:
    33-64
  • Landscape variability and the response of Asian megadeltas to environmental change - Woodroffe, C.D, Nicholls, R.J., Saito, Y., Chen, Z. and Goodbred, S.L. In Global change and integrated coastal management - Harvey, N. (ed.)
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    Netherlands
    Series:
    Coastal Systems and Continental Margins
    Volume:
    10, (10)
    Page Range:
    277-314
    doi:
    10.1007/1-4020-3628-0
  • Global change and the European coast – climate change and economic development. - Rochelle-Newall, E., Klein, R.T., Nicholls, R.J., Barrett, K., Behrendt, H., Bresser, T.H.M., Cieslak, A., de Bruin, E.F.L.M, Edwards, T., Herman, P.M.J, Laane, R.P.W.M, Ledoux, L., Lindeboom, H., Lise, W., Moncheva, S., Moschella, P.S., Stive, M.J.F. and Vermaat, J.E.. In Managing European coasts: past, present and future - Vermaat, J.E., Bouwer, L., Turner, K. and Salomons, W. (eds.)
    Published:
    2005
    Published by:
    Heidelberg, Germany
    Page Range:
    239-254.
  • Global vulnerability analysis - Nicholls, R.J. and Hoozemans, F.M.J.. In Encyclopedia of Coastal Science - Schwartz, M. (ed.)
    Published:
    2005
    Published by:
    Dortrecht, Netherlands
    Series:
    Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series
    Page Range:
    486-491
  • Towards integrated assessment of the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta - Nicholls, R.J. and Goodbred Jr., S.L.. In Mega-deltas of Asia: geological evolution and human impact - Chen, Z., Saito, Y. and Goodbred Jr., S.L. (eds.)
    Published:
    2005
    Published by:
    Beijing, China
    Page Range:
    168-181
  • Climate change and coastal management on Europe’s coast - Nicholls, R.J. and Klein, R.J.T.. In Managing European Coasts - Vermaat, J., Bouwer, K., Turner, K. and Salomons, W. (eds.)
    Published:
    2005
    Published by:
    Heidelberg, Germany
    Series:
    Environmental Science
    Page Range:
    199-226
    doi:
    10.1007/3-540-27150-3_11
  • A GIS tool for analysis and interpretation of coastal erosion model outputs (SCAPEGIS) - Koukoulas, S., Nicholls, R.J., Dickson, M.E, Walkden, M., Hall, J.W, Pearson, S.G, Mokrech, M. and Richard, J.. In Coastal Dynamics 2005
    Published:
    2005
    At event:
    5th International Conference on Coastal Dynamics
    Published by:
    Virginia, USA
  • Global climate change - McMichael, A., Campbell-Lendrum, D.H., Kovats, R.S., Nicholls, R. J., Edwards, S., Wilkinson, P. and Wilson, T.. In Comparative quantification of health risks : global and regional burden of disease attributable to selected major risk factors - Majid, E., Lopez, A.D., Rodgers, A.A. and Murray, C.J.L (eds.)
    Published:
    2004
    Published by:
    Geneva, Switzerland
    Volume:
    2
    Page Range:
    pp1543-1650
  • Long term sea-level changes and their impacts. - Woodworth, P.L., Gregory, J.M. and Nicholls, R.J.. In The Sea, Volume 13, The Global Coastal Ocean - Robinson, A.R. and Brink, K. (eds.)
    Published:
    2004
    Published by:
    Harvard, USA
    Volume:
    13
  • The resilience of coastal megacities to weather related hazards: a review - Nicholls, R.J.. In Building Safer Cities: The Future of Disaster Risk - Kreimer, Alcira, Arnold, Margaret and Carlin, Anne (eds.)
    Published:
    2003
    Published by:
    Washington DC, USA
    Series:
    Disaster Risk Management Series
    Page Range:
    111-137
  • Historical change in estuaries: a case study of Hamford Water, Essex, UK. - Hanson, S.E and Nicholls, R.J.. In Coastal Sediments 2003 Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries: Proceedings of the International Conference Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida, USA 18 - 23 May 2003 - Davis, R.A, Sallenger, A. and Howd, P. (eds.)
    Published:
    2003
    At event:
    Proceedings of the International Conference on Coastal Sediments 2003
  • Developing a database for global vulnerability analysis of coastal zones: the DINAS-COAST project and the DIVA tool - Vafeidis, A., Nicholls, R.J. and McFadden, L.. In Proceedings of the 23rd EARSeL Symposium on Remote Sensing in Transition
    Published:
    2003
    At event:
    23rd EARSeL Symposium
  • The application of managed retreat: a comparison of England and Germany. - Nicholls, R.J.. In Dealing with flood risk - Marchand, M. (ed.)
    Published:
    2003
    Published by:
    Delft, Netherlands
    Series:
    Delft Hydraulics Select Series
    Volume:
    1
    Page Range:
    42-51
  • A database for global impact and vulnerability analysis of coasts due to sea-level rise - Nicholls, R.J.. In Coastal sediments 2003 : crossing disciplinary boundaries - Davis, Richard A., Sallenger, Asbury and Howd, Peter (eds.)
    Published:
    2003
    At event:
    Fifth International Symposium on Coastal Engineering and Science of Coastal Sediment Processes
    Published by:
    Florida, USA
  • Rising sea levels: potential impacts and responses - Nicholls, R.J.. In Global Environment Change - Hester, R.E. and Harrison, R.M. (eds.)
    Published:
    2002
    Published by:
    Cambridge, UK
    Series:
    Issues in Environmental Science and Technology
    Page Range:
    83-107
  • Uncertainties in sediment inputs from coastal erosion. - Hanson, S and Nicholls, R.J.. In Coastal Dynamics '01. Proceedings of the Fourth Conference on Coastal Dynamics, June 11-15 2001, Lund, Sweden
    Published:
    2001
    At event:
    Fourth Conference on Coastal Dynamics
    Published by:
    New York, USA
    Page Range:
    607-616
  • Large-scale shoreface response to a prominent anthropogenic structure: A case study of the Ijmuiden Harbour moles, Holland - Hinton, C. and Nicholls, R.J.. In Coastal Dynamics '01: Proceedings of the Fourth Conference on Coastal Dynamics, June 11-15, 2001, Lund Sweden - Hanson, H. (ed.)
    Published:
    2001
    At event:
    Fourth Conference on Coastal Dynamics
    Published by:
    New York, USA
    Page Range:
    607-616
  • Sea level rise and its effects on global resources - Neumann, J.E., Yohe, G., Nicholls, R.J. and Manion, M.. In Climate Change: Science, Strategies, & Solutions - Claussen, E., Cochran, V.A. and Davis, D.P. (eds.)
    Published:
    2001
  • Les conséquences de l’élévation accélérée du niveau de la mer au Royaume Uni. [Impacts of accelerated sea-level rise in the United Kingdom] - de la Vega-Leinert, A.C and Nicholls, R.J.. In Le changement climatique et les espaces cotiers: "L'elevation du niveau de la mer: risques et responses, Acted du colloque d'Arles, 12 et 13 octobre 2000 - Paskoff, R. (ed.)
    Published:
    2001
    At event:
    L’elevation du niveau de la mer: risques et responses, Acted du colloque d’Arles
    Published by:
    Paris, France
    Page Range:
    48-57
  • Europe - Cramer, W., Holten, J.I., Kaczmarek, Z., Martens, P., Nicholls, R. J., Öquist, M., Rounsevell, M.D.A., Szolgay, J., Arnell, N.W., Balint, G., Beniston, M., Berz, G., Bindi, M., Carter, T.R., des Clers, S., Crick, H.Q.P., Dlugolecki, A.F., Dockerty, T., Gottfried, M., Grabherr, G., Guisan, A., Hulme, M., Imeson, P., Jenik, J., Jordan, A., Kedziora, A., Kovats, S., Lavorel, S., Livermore, M., Lowe, J., Martinez Rica, J.P., Molau, U., Nemesova, I., Olesen, J.E., Palutikof, J.P., Pauli, H., Perry, A.H., Ryszkowski, L., Shchuka, S.A., Shvidenko, A.Z., Tapsell, S., Theurillat, J.P., De la Vega-Leinert, A., Velichko, A.A. and Villar, L.. In Climate Change 2001: impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability: report of IPCC working group II - McCarthy, J.J., Canziani, O.F., Leary, N.A., Dokken, D.J. and White, K.S. (eds.)
    Published:
    2001
    Published by:
    Cambridge, UK
    Page Range:
    641-692

Conference(s)

Monograph(s)

Code Title Role
CENV2028  DESIGN 2 Lecturer
CENV3015  DESIGN PROJECT Lecturer
CENV6123  COASTAL FLOOD DEFENCE Lecturer
CENV6126  COASTAL MORPHODYNAMICS Coordinator
CENV6143  RESEARCH PROJECT: ENGINEERING IN THE COASTAL ENVIRONMENT Coordinator
CENV6149  RESEARCH PROJECT:COASTAL & MARINE ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT Coordinator

Robert's teaching involves undergraduate and postgraduate contributions to both the Civil Engineering Programmes, most particularly the MSc Engineering in the Coastal Environment which he co-directs with Dr. Ivan Haigh at the National Oceangraphy Centre. to find out more, the course also has it's own blog, run by a former student. He also leads the University of Southampton involvement in the Erasmus Mundus MSc Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management (CoMEM), which is lead by NTNU (Trondheim) and also involves Delft University of Technology, UPC (Barcelona) and City University (London).

Saltmarsh at Hurst Spit
Student visit
Professor Robert Nicholls
Engineering and the Environment University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 7/5027

Telephone: (023) 8059 4139
Email: R.J.Nicholls@soton.ac.uk

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