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Simon Donner
Faculty Associate, Liu Institute for Global Issues; Associate Professor, Geography
Office: GEOG 133
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Simon Donner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. He leads a broad program of teaching and research at the interface of climate science, marine science, ecology, and public policy. Donner joined UBC in 2008 after several years working as a scientist among the lawyers, economists and policy analysts at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His research team examines the societal and ecological impacts of climate change, with a focus on coastal ecosystems like coral reefs, and helps develop effective strategies for adaptation and mitigation. Prof. Donner is also actively involved in public outreach, regularly writing about climate change via the blog Maribo, and speaking in public forums.


Selected Publications

Donner SD (2014) Finding your place on the Science-Advocacy continuum. Climatic Change, 124:1–8
DOI 10.1007/s10584-014-1108-1

Banholzer S, Donner SD (2014) The influence of different El Niño types on global average temperature, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 2093–2099, doi:10.1002/2014GL059520

Donner SD, Webber S (2014) Obstacles to climate change adaptation decisions: a case study of sea-level rise and coastal protection measures in Kiribati. Sustain Sci doi: 10.1007/s11625-014-0242-z

Donner SD, McDaniels J (2013) The influence of national temperature fluctuations on opinions about climate change in the U.S. since 1990. Climatic Change, DOI 10.1007/s10584-012-0690-3

Frieler K, Meinshausen M, Golly A, Mengel M, Lebek K, Donner SD, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2012)  Limiting global warming to 2 °C is unlikely to save most coral reefs. Nature Climate Change 3, 165-70.

Donner SD (2012) Sea Level Rise and the Ongoing Battle of Tarawa. EOS, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, 93(17):169-70.

       Popular Writings

 “Let’s Talk about Climate Change” with K Harrison and G Hoberg, National Post, April 10, 2014.

 “Scientists certain human activity causes climate change”, Vancouver Sun, Feb 11, 2014.

“Open letter to the Executive Chairman and CEO of Google Inc. from Google Science Communication Fellows”, posted on Climate Science Watch, Aug 1, 2013.

Hisham Zerriffi, Milind Kandlikar, Simon Donner
At the 2010 Cancun Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the international community agreed in principle to one of the largest development programs in history. The developed nations pledged to mobilize U.S.$100 billion per year by the year 2020 to “address the needs of developing countries” in responding to climate change (1). The funds, which may apply to adaptation and mitigation, are proposed to flow through multiple channels, including existing development banks, official development assistance, bilateral programs, international private investment flows (e.g., carbon markets), and other public and private mechanisms. Recommendations provided by a transitional committee for the management and operation of the proposed climate change financing will be considered by the parties to the UNFCCC at the upcoming conference in Durban, South Africa (2).
17 November 2011
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