Western University GeographyWestern Social Science

Gordon McBean

FRSC and Professor
Cross Appointment with Political Science


Contact Information

Office: Room 2431, SSC
Tel: 519 661-2111, 84274 or 86036
Fax: 519 661-3750
E-mail: gmcbean@uwo.ca

Research Areas

Climate change science and policy, natural hazards-prediction and mitigation, weither and environmental prediction systems

5th Anniversary - World Data System IPO and NICT [NOTES] [VIDEO]

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. 

Institute for Catastophic Loss Reduction

Publications & Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

Refereed Journals

Ajibade, I., F. Armah, V. Zubedaar, I. Luginaah and G. McBean, 2014: Self-reported experiences of climate change in Nigeria: the role of personal and socio-environmental factors. Climate.

Ajibade I., F. Armah, V. Zubedaar , I. Luginaah and G. McBean, 2014: Individual and socio- environmental factors associated with the experience of climate change in coastal communities in Nigeria. Environmental Hazards: Human and Policy Dimensions.

Ajibade I., Armah F, Zubedaar V, Luginaah I, McBean G, and Tenkorang E (2014) Assessing the Bio-psychosocial correlates of flood impacts along the southern coast line of Nigeria. J. Environmental Planning and Management.

Ajibade, I., and G. McBean, 2014: Climate extremes and housing rights: a political ecology of impacts, early warning and adaptation constraints in slum communities. Geoforum, 55: 76-86.

Ajibade, I., F. Armah, V. Zubedaar, I. Luginaah, G. McBean and E. Tenkorang, 2014: Assessing the bio-psychosocial correlates of flood impacts in coastal areas of Lagos, Nigeria. Environmental Planning and Management.

Ajibade Idowu, R. Bezner-Kerr and G. McBean, 2013: A thin line between vulnerability and disaster: urban women’s perception and experience with flash floods. Global Environmental Change.

McBean, G.A., 2012: Environment and Water for Life – In Canada and Around the World. Human Evolution/Global Bioethics, Vol. 27- n. 1-2.

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

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

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

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

Shapiro, M., J. Shukla, G. Brunet, C. Nobre, M. Béland, R. Dole, K. Trenberth, R. Anthes, G. Asrar, L. Barrie, P. Bougeault, G. Brasseur, D. Burridge, A. Busalacchi, J. Caughey, D. Chen, J. Church, T. Enomoto, B. Hoskins, Ø. Hov, A. Laing, H. Le Treut, J. Marotzke, G. McBean, G. Meehl, M. Miller, B. Mills, J. Mitchell, M. Moncrieff, T. Nakazawa, H. Olafsson, T. Palmer, D. Parsons, D. Rogers, A. Simmons, A. Troccoli, Z. Toth, L. Uccellini, C. Velden, and J. M. Wallace, 2010: An Earth-System Prediction Initiative for the 21st Century. Bulletin American Meteorological Society, 91, 1377-1388.

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

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

Davies, E.G.R., M.K. Akhtar, G.A., McBean and S.P. Simonovic, 2009: Integrated Assessment, Water Resources, and Science-Policy Communication. Proceedings of 2nd Climate Change Technology Conference, May 12-15, CD-Rom paper 45, 13 pages.

Lukovich, J.V., and G.A. McBean, 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.

Chapters in Books

McBean, G.A., 2014 'The grand challenges of integrated research on disaster risk' in Extreme Natural Hazards, Disaster Risks and Societal Implications Eds: A. Ismail-Zadeh, J. U. Fucugauchi, A. Kijko, K. Takeuchi and I. Zaliapin. Cambridge University Press, 15-25.

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

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).

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. 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.

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

PhD StudentsYearTitle
D. Bednar
Current Environmental Risk/hazards, Policy, Public Communication
B. Vogel
2016 Adapting to Climate Change: The Case of Local Governance and Municipal Planning in Nova Scotia, 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 StudentsYearTitle
J. Raikes 2015 Conceptualizing Response Capacity and Flood Action in the City of Vancouver and District of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada


GEO 9334 - Environmental Policy
GEO 9332 - Environmental Hazards