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The Science and Engineering team

Dr Yinpeng Li

Senior Climate Scientist

Dr Yinpeng Li

Senior Climate Scientist

Dr Yinpeng Li is a senior climate scientist at CLIMsystems and is an internationally recognized expert in climate change and adaptation with experiences of working in many countries over 15 years. His main expertise is climate change integrated assessment and model development. Yinpeng Li’s skills extend to broad fields, including: climate, land, and ocean big data analysis and downscaling; innovative and practical climate change adaptation and risk assessment tool development; extreme event analysis for precipitation and heat events and sea level rise; integrated assessment and decision making support system development; interdisciplinary problem identification and strategy development; project development, implementation and reporting; stakeholder communication and training.

  • Developed a dynamic vegetation model (AVIM-DVM) and food and water security models and tools for FAWSIM and SIMCLIM.
  • He was involved in the development of an Atmosphere Vegetation Interaction Model (AVIM). National and international peers have recognized AVIM and a series of papers were published.
  • Conducts fundamental research for product development and project implementation.
  • Maintains our growing relationship with the CORDEX groups of the world and attends critical international meetings for gaining knowledge and extending our outputs to a wide audience.

Dr Chonghua Yin

Climate Scientist

Dr Chonghua Yin

Climate Scientist

Dr Chonghua Yin has over ten years experience in data analysis/mining/management, software design and development, resource management, and climate change adaptation and risk assessment. He has two skills that make him distinctive – mixing programming with rapid prototype building.

  • PhD degree in environmental science from the University of Waikato.
  • Master degree of Meteorology from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China.
  • Developed GENIES (Global Environment and National Information Evaluation System), drought assessment Tool, and regional climate scenario generator.
  • Developed a novel statistical downscaling model (SOM-BCSD) and a statistical bias-correction method (BCSD) for AR5 GCM data, which are both widely, used in in climate change risk and adaptation projects.
  • Currently working on design and development of the CLIMsystems Seasonal Climate Forecast Service System (CSCFSS).

Dr Meng Wang

Climate Data Scientist

Dr Meng Wang

Climate Data Scientist

Dr Meng Wang is a research fellow in International Global Change Institute. Her main expertise is climate change integrated assessment model development. She also has interests in disaster risk analysis, climate data analysis, decision support system, the application of Bayesian networks, and the application of Big Data/Machine Learning in climatic research.

  • Bachelor of Science Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, China
  • PhD degree in environmental science from the University of Waikato.
  • Developed a dynamic food security model for FAWSIM and SIMCLIM.
  • Involved in many projects on climate change and adaptation in Australia, China, New Zealand, Mongolia, Russia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.

Mr Matthew Dooley

Head of Software and Web Development

Mr Matthew Dooley

Head of Software and Web Development

Matthew is the software developer, web developer, and graphic designer at CLIMsystems. He has experience with developing various languages and frameworks including Delphi, C#, Objective C, PHP, JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3, and various tools including Visual Studio, Xcode, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premier and Sketch.

  • Bachelor of Information Technology degree from the Waikato Institute of Technology.

Dr Sennye Masike

Environmental Economist

Dr Sennye Masike

Environmental Economist

Sennye Masike is an environmental economist with a PhD in climate change impact assessment. He has extensive knowledge and experience on climate change impact, adaptation, vulnerability and mitigation assessments. Dr Masike has worked in over 10 countries in Africa, South America, the Middle East and the Pacific Islands and Caribbean Islands. Some of the techniques that Dr Masike has expertise in include System Dynamic Modelling, Cost Benefit Analysis and Multi Criteria Decision Analysis. Climate change projects he has been involved in include Intended National Determined Contributions, National Appropriate Mitigation Actions, REDD+ and National Communications with expertise in the water sector.

Professor Tom Wigley

Senior Scientist (Associate)

Professor Tom Wigley

Senior Scientist (Associate)

After completing his Ph.D. in 1967, he joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada where he stayed until 1975. Here he taught courses in applied mathematics, statistics, air pollution and meteorology. Apart from completing some work in plasma physics while on leave at the U.K. Atomic Energy Authority in Culham, U.K. during 1969, his main research interests during this period were in air pollution and aqueous geochemistry. The former included important work of the dynamics and dispersion of industrial plumes (particularly moist plumes), while the latter produced highly cited papers on the dissolution kinetics of calcite, chemical modelling and carbon isotope geochemistry.

In 1975, he moved to the U.K. to take up a "soft money" research job in climatology, in the then fledgling Climatic Research Unit in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K. In 1978, on the retirement of CRU’s founder and first Director, Professor H.H. Lamb, he became Director of the Unit. Since then, the Unit has become firmly established as one of the world's leading centres in climatology. In 1993, he resigned as Director of the Climatic Research Unit to take up the position of Director of the Office for Interdisciplinary Earth Studies at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, a post held into 1994. He was appointed as an NCAR/UCAR Senior Scientist in 1994. In 2008 he moved back to Australia where he was awarded an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Adelaide. He retired from NCAR in 2009 and was re-appointed as a Senior Research Fellow (honorary). He currently spends time both at NCAR and at the University of Adelaide.

Wigley has published in diverse aspects of the broad field of climatology; from data analysis, to climate impacts on agriculture and water resources, to climate, sea level and carbon cycle modelling, to paleoclimatology. He has concentrated recently on facets of the greenhouse problem, and contributed as a lead author in each of the seven recent major reviews of this problem (US DOE, WMO/UNEP/ICSU-SCOPE, and the 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2001 and 2007 IPCC Reviews). He is one of the most highly cited scientists in the discipline

Dr Juan M Pulhin

Scientist (Associate)

Dr Juan M Pulhin

Scientist (Associate)

Dr Juan M Pulhin is full Professor and former Dean of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR), University of the Philippines Los Baños. He also holds the title of Scientist III, under the University of the Philippines Scientific Productivity System in recognition of his scholarly outputs and international scientific standing. He has been a Visiting Professor at The University of Tokyo for two times in 2007 and 2010. He has more than 30 years of experience in natural resources education, research and development at the national and international level and has authored/co-authored more than 100 technical publications dealing on various aspects of natural resources management and climate change. He has also co-authored/co-edited eight books on forest rehabilitation, impacts of forest tenure reform, climate change, and disaster risk reduction published by reputable publishers. He was a Coordinating Lead Author of the Human Security Chapter (Chapter 12) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report released last 2014 and a Lead Author of the adaptation chapter of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. Dr Pulhin earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Forestry degrees at the University of the Philippines Los Baños and Ph.D. degree in Geographical Sciences from the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies of The Australian National University.

Dr Reece Hill

Soil Scientist (Associate)

Dr Reece Hill

Soil Scientist (Associate)

Dr Reece Hill is a Soil Scientist and Director of LandSystems Limited. Dr Hill is a qualified Soil Scientist with 20 years work experience in New Zealand and Australia. He has a PhD and Masters degree in Soil Science, which included soil mapping and characterisation as well as the use of soil stratigraphic and GIS techniques for assessing the variability of soils, forest nutrients and productivity. Dr Hill has a comprehensive knowledge of field soil mapping, national soil information and soil classification as well as interpretation of land resource information and its application in a catchment modelling context. Recent projects include the assessment of temporal and spatial changes in land use intensity and the development of a spatial framework for prioritising soil conservation and water quality management.

Dr Qian Ye

Scientist - Social Economic (Associate)

Dr Qian Ye

Scientist - Social Economic (Associate)

Dr Ye’s research background includes an expertise in social-economic impacts of climate changes and disaster risk governance. As the executive director of the Integrated Risk Governance Project, sponsored by Future Earth/ICSU and UNISDR, he has engaged extensively with the scientific research community, weather and climate services, government policy makers, business sectors, educators and general public around the world on the disaster risk reduction and green development, supervising two current doctoral projects in co-benefit of reducing disaster risks and building resilient society. He has been awarded over $3 million USD in competitive research funding and has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers in the area of climate change and disaster risk governance. He is the coordinator of Global University Consortium for Integrated Risk Governance Project, an international education network.

Dr Li Dan

Climate Scientist (Associate)

Dr Li Dan

Climate Scientist (Associate)

Dr Li DAN is now a full professor of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IAP, CAS). He works in the Key Laboratory of Regional Climate-Environment for Temperate East Asia (RCE-TEA). In March 2008, He was appointed as the expert of short term consultant of World Bank for the climate adaptation. During 2008 to 2011, he was the program manager in Atmospheric Division of Earth Science Department, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). Since 2012, he is the assistant director of RCE-TEA. He is a member of Chinese Meteorological Society (CMS) and American Geophysical Union (AGU). Dr Dan’s research interests include interaction between biosphere and atmosphere, land surface model development, climate simulation and modeling, the impact of dynamical vegetation processes and carbon cycles on climate, and climate downscaling.

Greg Jenks

Coastal Zone Adaptation Specialist (Associate)

Greg Jenks

Coastal Zone Adaptation Specialist (Associate)

Greg Jenks has pioneered science-led and innovative dune restoration work. Many projects are successfully established that now accomplish affordable littoral restoration while also mitigating the effects of SLR.

  • A recognised leader of the new 21st Century Paradigm for Sustainable Coastal Management.
  • Inspected, quantified and prepared international restoration plans for degraded coastal areas in association with CLIMsystems Ltd.
  • Delivered a programme plan for viable and economical coastal restoration projects to mitigate existing and future concerns regarding anthropogenic-induced beach erosion.
  • Invited to present sustainable, leading-edge and community-focussed management options for mitigating coastal erosion concerns in Pacific Island nations, and to assist with the preparation of a National Adaptation Plan of Action (NAPA) for Vanuatu.
  • Inspect, quantify issues and prepare ecological restoration plans for mitigation of coastal erosion in Vanuatu, in association with CLIMsystems Ltd.
  • Prepared and submitted a leading-edge and community-focussed beach management and restoration plan for beaches on the Sunshine Coast, Australia.
  • Has recently contributed to the "Urban Coastal Zones" chapter of the UCCRN Second Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3-2), to be published by Cambridge University Press in December 2015 and launched at COP21 in Paris.”

Dr Graham Ashford

Scientist (Associate)

Dr Graham Ashford

Scientist (Associate)

Dr Graham Ashford is a Lecturer in Environmental and Resource Economics, and the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. He holds advanced qualifications in economics with specialisations in the fields of environmental and resource economics and environmental management. His experience includes designing and implementing climate change research and adaptation projects; leading environmental impact studies; analysing trade, natural resource management and community development policies; and designing poverty alleviation and community development strategies. He has extensive experience in policy analysis and training in environmental management and climate change adaptation and has led projects with governments, universities, United Nations agencies, NGOs and community groups in Mauritius, Madagascar, India, Zimbabwe, China, North Korea, United Kingdom, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago and Canada. Graham's current international work focuses on building the capacity of countries to use economic assessment procedures to evaluate the costs of climate change impacts and determine appropriate adaptation strategies. Graham's PhD research focused on the application of objective-oriented partial crediting policies to improve economic, environmental and social outcomes of carbon offset projects.

Dr Ronni L. Wilcock

Scientist (Associate)

Dr Ronni L. Wilcock

Scientist (Associate)

Dr Ronni L. Wilcock (a.k.a. Korol) has extensive experience in ecosystems from Alaska USA to Australia, including: boreal, tropical, alpine, forest, arctic, marine, riverine and estuary habitats. She has over 25 years’ experience managing large, complex, multifaceted projects involving diverse stakeholders such as industry, government, non-profit, non-governmental organizations, native organizations, scientists, and local communities. Dr. Wilcock delivers integrated analysis and science-based fit-for-purpose services that incorporate both ecological and socioeconomic challenges; she has strong socio-ecological experience working collaboratively with indigenous populations. Dr. Wilcock has led several projects assessing environmental vulnerabilities including climate risk assessments, adaptation and resilience projects, both locally and globally.

Ms. Jaimlyn R. Sypniewski

Scientist (Associate)

Ms. Jaimlyn R. Sypniewski

Scientist (Associate)

Ms. Sypniewski is a graduate student with Texas A&M University studying the effects of the built environment on urban flooding. She is a research author on Governor Abbots Report to Rebuild Texas and has modeled the effects of the proposed Ike Dike on insurance premiums for the General land office.

She has intensive field experience working independently in remote areas and rugged terrain for data collection. She was certified by the USGS to complete wetlands delineations and has analyzed and reviewed data for inclusion in BS and EA reports that she has authored/co-authored. Ms. Sypniewski has experience in field operations performing soil excavations, monitoring well installations, and drilling activities for subsurface contaminants. She is also proficient in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software with experience drafting reports for State and Federal site remediation compliance in addition to creating GIS drawings for field and report support. She completed Environmental Baseline Surveys for the United States Air Force (USAF), including extensive vegetation, soil and wetland monitoring. She collected data for Arctic shoreline erosion due to climate change for the USAF, including physical documentation of the shoreline, photos, and geomorphology of the soil. She has also preformed extended avian surveys on Spectacled and Steller’s Eider surveys at remote radar sites in Northern Alaska.

Mr. Jase Korol

Scientist (Associate)

Mr. Jase Korol

Scientist (Associate)

Mr. Jase Korol has seven years of experience managing projects, including project logistics and resource allocation. This includes managing all phases of the project, such as time allocated for each job, time spent on each job, and time left to complete the job, timelines, deadlines, and managing travel and meetings, along with budget and equipment resources. Jase interfaces with internal functional teams and external customers for planning, prioritization and issue resolution of overall activities in the support and achievement of customer’s initiatives and metrics. He attends client meeting, arranging all logistics and taking notes; he is often the Point-of-Contact for project questions. He also manages compliance to include policy adherence, customer satisfaction, quality control and safety. Jase also assists with the development and production of final documents, as needed.

Ms. Mardee M. Snider

Scientist (Associate)

Ms. Mardee M. Snider

Scientist (Associate)

Ms. Snider has wide-ranging experience in cost analysis focused in risk assessment in both regional and statewide Alaska, USA. She has over 8 years ‘experience managing large, complex, comprehensive companies involving diverse stakeholders such as industry, government, non-governmental organizations, native organizations, and local communities. Ms. Snider delivers integrated analysis and cost-based fit-for-purpose services that incorporate both risk and economical challenges; she has strong risk assessment experience working collaboratively with both private and government parties through compiled data and audits. Ms. Snider has led several companies assessing environmental vulnerabilities including risk assessments, process improvements, both locally and statewide.

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