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 leads research and education in coastal engineering. His research is focussed on 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'. Currently, he is co-lead of the World Climate Research Programme Grand Challenge on 'Regional sea-level change and coastal impacts' which will organise 'Sea Level 2017' at Columbia University in July 2017.
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.
Robert analyses the impact of sea-level rise at global and European scales using the Dynamic Interactive VULnerability Assessment (DIVA) modelling framework. www.diva-model.net
Robert led the Tyndall Coastal Simulator which pioneered integrated coastal assessment such as in Norfolk, including modelling and stakeholder engagement. Follow up research led by Robert includes the iCOAST Project
Robert's research in deltas draws together diverse data across biophysical, socio-economic and governance domains to address complex development questions in areas vulnerable to sea-level rise.
Robert's research looks at global scale questions like the impacts and adaptation to sea-level rise and related issues. This figure shows coastal cities prone to high rates of subsidence, together with observations.
Shifting perspectives on coastal impacts and adaptation - Brown, Sally, Nicholls, Robert J., Hanson, Susan, Brundrit, Geoff, Dearing, John A., Dickson, Mark E., Gallop, Shari L., Gao, Shu, Haigh, Ivan D., Hinkel, Jochen, Jiménez, José A., Klein, Richard J.T., Kron, Wolfgang, Lázár, Attila N., Neves, Claudio Freitas, Newton, Alice, Pattiaratachi, Charitha, Payo, Andres, Pye, Kenneth, Sánchez-Arcilla, Agustín, Siddall, Mark, Shareef, Ali, Tompkins, Emma L., Vafeidis, Athanasios T., van Maanen, Barend, Ward, Philip J. and Woodroffe, Colin D.
The Tyndall coastal simulator - Mokrech, Mustafa, Hanson, Susan, Nicholls, Robert J., Wolf, Judith, Walkden, Mike, Fontaine, Corentin, Nicholson-Cole, Sophie, Jude, Simon R., Leake, James, Stansby, Peter, Watkinson, Andrew R., Rounsevell, Mark D.A., Lowe, Jason A. and Hall, Jim W.
Adaptation to climate change: assessing the costs - Parry, Martin, Arnell, Nigel, Berry, Pam, Dodman, David, Fankhauser, Samuel, Hope, Chris, Kovats, Sari, Nicholls, Robert, Satterthwaite, David, Tiffin, Richard, Wheeler, Tim, Lowe, Jason and Hanson, Clair
Sinking deltas due to human activites - Syvitski, James P.M., Kettner, Albert J., Overeem, Irena, Hutton, Eric W. H., Hannon, Mark T., Brakenridge, G. Robert, Day, John, Vörösmarty, Charles, Saito, Yoshiko, Giosan, Liviu and Nicholls, Robert J.
Integrated coastal simulation to support shoreline management planning - Nicholls, Robert, Watkinson, Andrew, Mokrech, Mustafa, Hanson, Susan, Richards, Julie, Wright, Julien, Jude, Simon, Nicholson-Cole, Sophie, Walkden, Mike, Hall, Jim, Dawson, Richard, Stansby, Peter, Jacoub, George K., Rounsvell, Mark, Fontaine, Corentin, Acosta, Lilibeth, Lowe, Jason, Wolf, Judith, Leake, James and Dickson, Mark
Proceedings of the 42nd Flood and Coastal Management Conference, York, July 2007
Adaptation to Five Metres of Sea Level Rise - Tol, Richard S.J, Bohn, Maria, Downing, Thomas E., Guillerminet, Marie-Laure, Hizsnyik, Eva, Kasperon, Roger., Lonsdale, Kate, Mays, Claire, Nicholls, Robert. J., Olsthroon, Alexander A., Pfeifle, Gabrielle, Poumadere, Marc, Toth, Ferenc L, Vafeidis, Athanasios T., Van der Werff, Peter E. and Hakan Yetkiner, I
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.)
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.)
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.)
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
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.)
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.)
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.)
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.)
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.)
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.)
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.)
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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.)
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.)
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.)
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.)
36th IAHR World Congress. Special Session: Deltas – From Multiple Pressures to Integrated Solutions
Human dynamics of climate change map - Lewis, K., Richardson, K., Kent, C., Dankers, R., Davie, J., Giuntoli, I., Robinson, E., Clark, C., Prudhomme, C., Wada, Y., Brown, S., Nicholls, R.J., Lincke, D., Hinkel, J, Elliott, J.W. and Rosenzweig, C.
Human dynamics of climate change. Launched by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
iCOASST - integrating coastal sediment systems - Nicholls, R. J., Bradbury, A., Burningham, H, Dix, J.K., Ellis, M., French, J., Hall, J. W., Karunarathna, H. U., Lawn, J., Pan, S., Reeve, D. E., Rogers, B., Souza, A., Stansby, P. K., Sutherland, J., Tarrant, O., Walkden, M. J. A. and Whitehouse, R.
ICCE2012 International Conference on Coastal Engineering
31st International Conference on Coastal Engineering
The Tyndall Centre coastal simulator and interface (CoastS) - Nicholls, R. J., Hanson, S., Mokrech, M., Stansby, P.K., Chini, N., Walkden, M.J.A., Dawson, R., Roche, N., Hall, J.W., Nicholson-Cole, S., Watkinson, A.., Jude, S.R., Lowe, J. A., Leake, J., Wolf, J., Fontaine, C., Rounsvell, M. and Acosta-Michlik, L.
European Conference on Flood Risk management Research and Practice (FLOODrisk 2008)