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Leonard Nurse

Senior Lecturer – Integrated Coastal Area Management; Climate Change BSc (UWI, Mona), MSc (Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada), PhD (McGill, Montreal, Canada)

Dr. Nurse’s research focuses on human impact on coastal dynamics, integrated coastal management and the impact of climate change on small island environments. Dr. Nurse is a member of the scientific team of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize for its contribution to global climate change research.

Prior to his appointment with CERMES, Dr. Nurse held the posts of Director, Coastal Zone Management Unit, and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Barbados.

He has functioned in various professional capacities, including Vice-Chair, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Sub-Commission for the Wider Caribbean and Member, Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the GEF.  

Dr. Nurse’s continuous involvement in the scientific assessments of the  IPCC dates back to 1990. He is currently Coordinating Lead Author for the chapter ‘Small Island States’ in the Fourth Assessment Report, already under preparation.

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