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Professor Neville Nicholls moved to the University in 2006 after 35 years with the Bureau of Meteorology where he researched many aspects of climate. At Monash, he has continued his research into how and why the climate is changing, as well as designing systems to help us adapt to climate change and variability by improving our ability to forecast and cope with droughts, bushfires, heatwaves, and other climate impacts.

For the past fifty years Neville has studied the El Nino-Southern Oscillation effect (or ENSO), a naturally occurring cyclic weather pattern that causes droughts and flooding in Australia and elsewhere. His research has demonstrated how we can use ENSO to predict climate variations including droughts, heavy rains, and tropical cyclone activity in Australia and elsewhere (as well as predicting the impacts of climate variations associated with ENSO, including bushfire activity, crop yields, ecological impacts and human health impacts).

Neville has also been instrumental in developing historical climate and weather data bases, to improve the monitoring of climate change and variability, and ensuring these data are freely available to other researchers.

He is also designing early warning systems that help support vulnerable members of the population such as the elderly, so that they may better prepare for, and so survive, heatwaves now and in the future. Improving the way we cope with climate variations now will help us adapt to the changing climate in the future.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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