Jean Palutikof is founding Director of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) at Griffith University, Australia. She has held this position since 2008. Prior to this, Professor Palutikof was based at the UK Met Office during which time she managed the production of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report for Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability).
Professor Palutikof is among the foremost scholars of climate change adaptation and was lead author and review editor for several assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and was present in Oslo at the ceremony at which the IPCC received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Between 1974 and 1979 Professor Palutikof worked as a lecturer at the Department of Geography.
Professor Palutikof's research focuses on the area of climate change - particularly the application of climatic data to economic and planning issues. Her area of speciality is extreme events and their impacts.
She has published over 200 pieces of research on the topic of climate change and climate variability.
In 2010, to launch Indiana University's William T. Patten Lecture Series Professor Palutikof presented two public lectures. These were titled "The Role of International Treaties in Tackling Climate Change" and "Adaptation Strategies: A Poor Man's Solution?".
Professor Palutikof has co-authored several books including the following:
- The Nature and Causes of climate Change: Assessing the long-term future
Boca Raton: Lewis Publishers; London: Belhaven Press 1992
C.M. Goodess, J.P. Palutikof and T.D. Davies
- Natural Disasters and Adaptation to Climate Change
Cambridge University Press 2013
Sarah Boulter, Griffith University
Jean Palutikof, Griffith University
David John Karoly, University of Melbourne
Daniela Guitart, Griffith University
- Climate Adaptation Futures
Hoboken: Wiley 2013
Jean Palutikof, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University, Australia
Sarah L. Boulter, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University, Australia
Andrew J. Ash, CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, Australia
Mark Stafford Smith, CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, Australia
Martin Parry, The Grantham Institute for Climate Change and Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College, London, UK
Marie Washcka, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University, Australia
Daniela Guitart, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Faciliity, Griffith University, Australia