Professor Mark Howden

BSc(Hons 1), PhD
Director, ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions
ANU College of Science

Research interests

  • Climate science
  • Climate risk management
  • Climate adaptation
  • Agriculture and food security
  • Quantifying GHG emissions and their reduction
  • Science-policy
  • Research ethics


Professor Mark Howden is the Director of the Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions at The Australian National University.

He is also an Honorary Professor at Melbourne University, a Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and the Chair of the ACT Climate Change Council. He also contributes to several major national and international science and policy advisory bodies.

Mark has worked on climate variability, climate change, innovation and adoption issues for over 36 years in partnership with many industry, community and policy groups via both research and science-policy roles. Issues he has addressed include agriculture and food security, the natural resource base, ecosystems and biodiversity, energy, water and urban systems.

Mark has over 440 publications of different types, a selection of which is listed below. He helped develop both the national and international greenhouse gas inventories that are a fundamental part of the Paris Agreement and has assessed sustainable ways to reduce emissions. He has been a major contributor to the IPCC since 1991, with roles in the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and now Seventh Assessment Reports, sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with other IPCC participants and Al Gore.


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