Tom Wilbanks

Group Leader, Global Change and Developing Countries Programs, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Lead Author, Urban Infrastructure and Vulnerability Chapter, National Climate Assessment

Speaking At:
Climate Preparedness: What We Know
17 June 2014 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: 145B
Topic: Climate Change

Tom Wilbanks is a Corporate Research Fellow at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  He conducts research on such issues as sustainable development, resilience as a goal for human and natural systems, and impacts of and responses to such global issues as climate change.  He has been active for more than three decades in international and national energy and environmental research and policy analysis, including the international Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), for which he shared a part of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.   In IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, he is Coordinating Lead Author for the Working Group II chapter on “Climate-resilient Pathways:  Adaptation, Mitigation, and Sustainable Development.”   He has led a number of reports on energy, environmental, and development issues and on climate change impacts, vulnerabilities, and adaptation possibilities for the US National Academy of Sciences, the US Global Change Research Program, and the Department of Energy, emphasizing issues for human settlements and the energy sector.  He served as chair of the NAS/NRC Committee on Human Dimensions of Global Change from 2004 to 2010 and as a member of the NAS/NRC Committee on America’s Climate Choices and as chair of the adaptation panel for that study, whose report was published in May 2010 as Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change.   In 2011-2012, he led teams preparing technical reports to the US National Climate Assessment (NCA) on implications of climate change for (a) energy supply and use and (b) infrastructures and urban systems and served as a Lead Author of corresponding chapters of the NCA. He has also led technical teams developing recommendations of energy and infrastructure indicators for a proposed Pilot Climate Impact Indicator System for the US.