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Guest editor profile

Reid Basher

Adjunct Professor

New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute (CCRI) Expertise: Science and policy of disaster risk reduction and climate variability and change, the use of climate information in planning and management, early warning systems, and the links between adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and development

Reid’s interests lie in science and policy of disaster risk reduction and climate variability and change, the use of climate information in planning and management, early warning systems, and the links between adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and development. He has worked for the New Zealand and Fiji Meteorological Services, the New Zealand National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research, and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, New York. His last position was as Senior Advisor at the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction secretariat in Geneva, providing input on policy, technical and advocacy matters. He established and led the Bonn-based UNISDR Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning, coordinated a large pan-UN project to support the development of the Indian Ocean tsunami warning system and prepared the 2005 UN report “Global Survey of Early Warning Systems”. He initiated the proposal that the IPCC prepare the special report now published as “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation”. Now retired, he is based in Wellington and takes on interesting tasks concerning climate change and disaster risk reduction.

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