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Dominic Kniveton
Professor of Climate Science & Society (Geography)
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A keen interest in climate vulnerability and impacts studies has run throughout Dominic’s research career. In particular, these studies have tended to have a development focus, with projects on pest management (Todd et al 2002), water and natural resources management (Andersson et al 2003; Kniveton and Todd, 2006; Andersson et al 2006; Kgathi et al 2006; Wilk et al 2006), primate and forest conservation, and migration, conflict and climate change in Africa South America and south Asia (Smith et al 2008; Kniveton et al 2009; Peck et al 2010; Raleigh and Kniveton 2011; Black et al 2011).  A key part of many of these studies has been the integration of concepts and approaches from different academic disciplines to achieve research aims including climate modelling, systems modelling, remote sensing and qualitative methodologies (Kniveton et al 2000; Bellerby et al 2004; Williams et al 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010; Kniveton et al 2008). For example in migration-climate studies his current research has embraced the use of qualitative data and analyses and agent based modelling to complement his scientific expertise. Recognition of his agenda setting profile in this latter field is shown by recent invited participations in international expert group meetings run by various agencies of the United Nations and UK government and his current role as a consultant to the International Organisation of Migration to provide a state of the art review outlining the challenges and approaches to measuring the migration and environment nexus.

References: Rayleigh, C. and D.R. Kniveton 2011; East African conflict and rainfall patterns: When it rains, it pours. In press, Journal of Peace Research.; Black, R., D.R. Kniveton, and K. Schmidt-Verkerk 2011: Migration and climate change: towards an integrated assessment of sensitivity. Environment and Planning A. A 43(2) 431 – 450;  Williams, C.J.R., Kniveton, D.R., Layberry, R., 2010: Idealised SST anomaly regional climate model experiments: Progress in Physical Geography, 34(1) 59–74; Peck, M.R., Thorn, J., Mariscal A., Baird, A., Tirra, D., Kniveton, D.R., 2011: Conservation action identified to save the critically endangered brown-headed spider monkey (Ateles fusciceps) in NW Ecuador., The International Journal of Primatology, 32(1): 134-14; Williams, C. J. R., Kniveton, D. R. & Layberry, R., 2009: 'Assessment of a climate model to reproduce rainfall variability and extremes over southern Africa'. Theoretical and Applied Climatology. DOI: 10.1007/s00704-009-0124-y; Kniveton, D.R., Layberry, R., and Williams, C.J.R., Peck, M., 2008: Trends in start of the wet season over Africa. International Journal of Climatology, DOI: 10.1002/joc;  Williams, C.J.R., Kniveton, D.R., and Layberry, R., 2008: Influence of south Atlantic sea surface temperatures on rainfall variability and extremes over southern Africa. Journal of Climate, 21 (24): 6498-6520; Smith, C.D., Kniveton, D.R., Black, R., Wood, S., 2008: Climate change, migration and agent-based modelling: modelling the impact of climate change on forced migration in Burkina Faso. Forced Migration Reviews, 31, 58-59; Kniveton, D.R. and Todd M, 2006: Water Resources in Regional Development: The Okavango River,  Journal of Hydrology, 331, 1-2; Kgathi, D.L., Kniveton, D., Ringrose, S.,  Turton, T.,  Vanderpost, C.H.M., Lundqvist, J., Seely, M., 2006: The Okavango; a river supporting its people, environment and economic development. Journal of Hydrology, 331, 3-17; Wilk, J., Kniveton, D.R., Andersson, L., Hughes, D., Layberry, R., Ringrose, S., Vanderpost, C.,  and  Todd, M.C., 2006: Development of rainfall estimates and water balance for the Okavango River Basin. Journal of Hydrology, 331, 18-29; Andersson, L., Wilk, J., Todd, M., Hughes, D.A., Earle, A., Kniveton, D.R., Layberry, R., Savenije, H.H.G., 2006:  Impact of climate change and development scenarios on flow patterns in the Okavango River. Journal of Hydrology, 331, 43-57; Williams, C.J.R., Kniveton, D.R., and Layberry, R., 2006: Climate controls on extreme rainfall in sourthern Africa.  International Journal of Climatology, 27(1),93-108;  Todd, M.C, Cheke, B, Washington, R., Kniveton, D.R., 2002: Climate variability and Brown Locust Outbreaks over Southern Africa.  Journal of Applied Ecology, 39 (1): 31-42; Kniveton, D.R., Graaf de, P.J., Granica, K., 2000: The development of a remote sensing based technique to predict debris flow triggering conditions in the French Alps. International Journal of Remote Sensing 21(3), 419-434; Bellerby, T.J., Todd, M.C., Kniveton, D.R., Kidd, C., 2000: Rainfall estimation from a combination of TRMM Precipitation Radar and GOES Multi-Spectral Imagery through the use of an artificial neural network. Journal of Applied Meteorology, 39, 12, 2115-2128.