Gordon McBean


Research Interests

Recent and current projects include: Study of science-policy interactions generally and specifically in the context of Arctic climate; examination of weather storms, their impacts and their predictability; relationships between human health and weather; natural hazards research.

Publications (past 7 years)

Refereed Journals

Ajibade, I., Bezner-Kerr, R. and McBean, G.A. (accepted) 'A thin line between vulnerability and disaster: urban women’s perception and experience with flash floods' Global Environmental Change

McBean, G.A. 2012 'Integrating disaster risk reduction towards sustainable development' Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 4: 122-127

Pennesi, K., Folliott, J. and McBean, G.A. 2012 'Towards the Integration of Local and Scientific Knowledge in Weather Services for the Canadian Arctic' Mitigation and Adaptation of Strategies for Global Change 17: 897-922

McBean, G.A. 2012 'Environment and Water for Life - In Canada and Around the World' Human Evolution 27(1-3): 91-98

Shapiro, M., Shukla, J., Brunet, G., Nobre, C., Béland, M., Dole, R., Trenberth, K., Anthes, R., Asrar, G., Barrie, L., Bougeault, P., Brasseur, G., Burridge, D., Busalacchi, A., Caughey, J., Chen, D., Church, J., Enomoto, T., Hoskins, B., Hov, Ĝ., Laing, A., Le Treut, H., Marotzke, J., McBean, G., Meehl, G., Miller, M., Bills, B., Mitchell, B., Moncrieff, M., Nakazawa, T., Olafsson, H., Palmer, T., Parsons, D., Rogers, D., Simmons, A., Troccoli, A., Toth, Z., Uccellini, L., Velden, C. and Wallace, J.M. 2010 'An Earth-System Prediction Initiative for the 21st Century' Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 91(10): 1377-1388

Hanesiak, J., Stewart, R. Taylor, P., Moore, G.W.K., Barber, D., McBean, G., Strapp, W., Wolde, M., Goodson, R., Hudson, E., Hudak, D., Scott J., Liu, G., Gilligan, J., Biswas, S., Desjardins, D., Dycke, R., Fargey, S. Field, R., Gascon, G., Gordon, M., Greene, H., Hay, C., Henson, W., Hochheim, K., Laplante, A., Martin, R., Melzer, M.A. and Zhang, S. 2010 'Storm Studies in the Arctic (STAR): The Meteorological Field Project' Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 91: 47-68

McBean, G.A. and Rodgers, C. 2010 'Climate hazards and disasters: the needs for capacity building' Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 1-6: 871–884

McBean, G.A. and Rodgers, C. 2010 'Climate hazards and disasters: the needs for capacity building' Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews – Climate Change

Rajasekaram, V., McBean, G.A. and Simonovic, S. P. 2010 'A Systems Dynamic Modelling Approach to Assessing Elements of a Weather Forecasting System' Atmosphere-Ocean 48(1): 1-9

Lukovich, J.V. and McBean, G.A. 2009 'Addressing Human Security in the Arctic in the context of climate change through Science and Technology' Mitigation and Adaptation of Strategies for Global Change 14: 697-710

McBean, G.A. and Ajibade, I. 2009 'Climate change, related hazards and human settlements' Current Opinions in Environmental Sustainability 1(2): 179-186

Davies, E.G.R., Akhtar, M.K., McBean, G.A. and Simonovic, S.P. 2009 'Integrated Assessment, Water Resources, and Science-Policy Communication' Proceedings of 2nd Climate Change Technology Conference CD-Rom paper 45, 13 pages, ISBN 0-919784-94-1

Chapters in Books

McBean, G.A. (to be published) 'The Grand Challenges of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk' in Extreme Natural Hazards, Disaster risks and Societal Implications ed A. Ismail-Zadeh (IUGG Special Publication Series. Cambridge University Press)

McBean, G.A. 2013 'Hydrometeorological Hazards' in Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards ed P.T. Bobrowsky (Springer) 497-508

Murray, V., McBean, G., Bhatt, M., Borsch, S., Cheong, T.S., Erian, W.F., Llosa, S., Nadim, F., Nunez, M. Oyun, R. and Suarez, A.G. 2012 'Case Studies' in Managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation eds C.B. Field, V. Barros, T.F. Stocker, D. Qin, D.J. Dokken, K.L. Ebi, M.D. Mastrandrea, K.J. Mach, G.-K. Plattner, S.K. Allen. M. Tignor and P.M. Midgley A Special Report of Working Groups I and II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK and New York, NY)

McBean, G.A. 2012 'Exploring the dimensions of integrated landscape management' in Re-visiting sustainable development: the praxis of integrated landscape management eds L. Oosterbeek and I. Scheunemann

McBean, G.A. 2012 'The intersection of policies on disaster mitigation, climate change and international development' in Reducing Risk Through Partnerships eds Haque and Etkin (Queen’s McGill Press)

McBean, G.A. 2010 'Climate Change, Adaptation, and Mitigation' in Resource and Environmental Management in Canada, Fourth Edition ed B. Mitchell (Oxford University Press) 137-171

McBean, G.A. 2010 'Adapting to Climate Change: The Challenges and Opportunities in an Uncertain Policy Environment' in National Agricultural Biotechnology Council 21: 167-178

McBean, G.A. 2008 'Integrated Research on Disaster Risk - The challenge of natural and human-induced environmental hazards' in IYPE Hazards Mega-Symposium Special Volume (Springer)

McBean, G.A. 2008 'Coping with Global Environmental Change – The need for an interdisciplinary, integrated approach' in Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security - Threats, Challenges, Vulnerabilities and Risks ed H. Brauch et al.

McBean, G.A. 2008 'Looking Forward from 2007' in Kyoto: Ten years and still counting ed V. Grovers (Science Publishers, Enfield, New Hampshire, USA) 1057-1064

Berry, P., McBean, G. and Seguin, J. 2008 'Vulnerabilities to Natural hazards and Extreme Weather' Canadian Climate Change and Health Vulnerability Assessment 2007 Health Canada 47-116

McBean, G.A. 2008 'Communicating to Policy Makers Climate Science with its Inherent Uncertainties' in Kyoto: Ten years and still counting ed V. Grovers (Science Publishers, Enfield, New Hampshire, USA) 621-643

Bruce, J.P., Haites, E., McBean, G.A., Cosby, A., Fenge, T. and Kovacs, P. 2008 'Canada in an International Context.” in From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate 2007 ed D.S. Lemmen, F.J.Warren, J. Lacroix and E. Bush (Government of Canada, Ottawa, ON) 387-424

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

PhD Students YearTitle
D. Bednar
Current Environmental Risk/hazards, Policy, Public Communication
B. Vogel
Current Climate Change Adaptation in Atlantic Canada
G. Oulahen
2014 The production of unequal vulnerability to climate hazards in Metro Vancouver, Canada
I. Ajibade


2013 Climate Change and Human Rights: A Case Study of Vulnerability and Adaptation in Coastal Communities in Lagos, Nigeria
MA Students Year Title
J. Raikes Current TBA

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