Donald Forbes is an Adjunct Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Senior Research Scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada, based at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He the past Program Manager for climate-change impacts and adaptation research in the Earth Sciences Sector of Natural Resources Canada. He holds degrees from Carleton University, the University of Toronto, and the University of British Columbia. His research interests range from marine geology and coastal morphodynamics to climate change, sea-level rise, coastal hazards, and adaptation strategies for building resilience and reducing community vulnerability. In the mid 1990s, he was seconded to the South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission, conducting research and advising governments on coastal management issues in Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, and the Cook Islands. More recently, he has revived his earlier research on Arctic coasts, working from Baffin Island and the central Canadian Arctic Archipelago to the Beaufort Sea and northern Yukon. Over the past decade, he has played lead roles in projects on coastal impacts of climate change in the Canadian Arctic and Atlantic Provinces. He is a Lead Author on Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was involved in assessing tsunami impacts in the Indian Ocean following the devastating Sumatra earthquake of December 2004, and is a participant in the Arctic Coastal Dynamics Project. Don Forbes has wide experience in applied science studies of coastal systems for application to public policy, hazard assessment, adaptation planning, and sustainable development.
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