Meet the Team

Peter Urich

Managing Director

Dr Peter Urich is the Managing Director of CLIMsystems Ltd. Peter has over fifteen years of experience in community development, resource management, climate change adaptation, and risk assessment.

  • PhD in Human Geography from the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University in Canberra
  • Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin, USA.
  • Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin, USA.
  • Leading initiatives for mainstreaming climate risk assessments for corporations, local councils and national governments.
  • Implemented the development and delivery of customised climate change risk assessment tools for the Governments across the Pacific and through Asia.
  • Managing the bidding process for projects and growing the network of collaborators and associates from around the world.

Yinpeng Li

Senior Climate Scientist

Dr Yinpeng Li is a senior climate scientist at CLIMsystems and is an internationally recognized expert in climate change and adaptation with experiences of working in many countries over 15 years. His main expertise is climate change integrated assessment and model development. Yinpeng Li’s skills extend to broad fields, including: climate, land, and ocean big data analysis and downscaling; innovative and practical climate change adaptation and risk assessment tool development; extreme event analysis for precipitation and heat events and sea level rise; integrated assessment and decision making support system development; interdisciplinary problem identification and strategy development; project development, implementation and reporting; stakeholder communication and training.

  • Developed a dynamic vegetation model (AVIM-DVM) and food and water security models and tools for FAWSIM and SIMCLIM.
  • He was involved in the development of an Atmosphere Vegetation Interaction Model (AVIM). National and international peers have recognized AVIM and a series of papers were published.
  • Conducts fundamental research for product development and project implementation.
  • Maintains our growing relationship with the CORDEX groups of the world and attends critical international meetings for gaining knowledge and extending our outputs to a wide audience.

Clare Wimmer

Business Manager & Educational Support Team Leader

Clare brings an extraordinary range of management, research and administration skills as well as creative thinking to her role as the Business Manager of CLIMsystems. She has currently adopted the responsibility of supporting schools and online climate change training courses with access to the CLIMsystems suite of educational tools. Clare is passionate about sustainable living, the company and the large group of interns from the University of Waikato who she mentors.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Health Management from the University of New Hampshire, USA.
  • Post-graduate Certificate (Business Research) from the University of Waikato Management School.
  • Representative of Raglan for the first GREEN GLOBE 21 Sustainable Tourism Conference in Kaikoura, New Zealand
  • Diploma in Ceramic Art through the Dunedin School of Art in New Zealand.

Meng Wang

Climate Data Scientist

Dr Meng Wang is a research fellow in International Global Change Institute. Her main expertise is climate change integrated assessment model development. She also has interests in disaster risk analysis, climate data analysis, decision support system, the application of Bayesian networks, and the application of Big Data/Machine Learning in climatic research.

  • Bachelor of Science Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, China
  • PhD degree in environmental science from the University of Waikato.
  • Developed a dynamic food security model for FAWSIM and SIMCLIM.
  • Involved in many projects on climate change and adaptation in Australia, China, New Zealand, Mongolia, Russia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.

Chonghua Yin

Climate and Environmental Scientist

Dr Chonghua Yin has over ten years experience in data analysis/mining/management, software design and development, resource management, and climate change adaptation and risk assessment. He has two skills that make him distinctive – mixing programming with rapid prototype building.

  • PhD degree in environmental science from the University of Waikato.
  • Master degree of Meteorology from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China.
  • Developed GENIES (Global Environment and National Information Evaluation System), drought assessment Tool, and regional climate scenario generator.
  • Developed a novel statistical downscaling model (SOM-BCSD) and a statistical bias-correction method (BCSD) for AR5 GCM data, which are both widely, used in in climate change risk and adaptation projects.
  • Currently working on design and development of the CLIMsystems Seasonal Climate Forecast Service System (CSCFSS).

Matthew Dooley

Head of Software and Web Development

Matthew is the software developer, web developer, and graphic designer at CLIMsystems. He has experience with developing various languages and frameworks including Delphi, C#, Objective C, PHP, JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3, and various tools including Visual Studio, Xcode, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premier and Sketch.

  • Bachelor of Information Technology degree from the Waikato Institute of Technology.

Soumik Mukherjee

ICT Client Professional

Soumik brings exceptional skills of IT and business to CLIMsystems. He works with prospecting clients, assess their climate change requirements and approach them with our products and services. He creates more opportunities for our business by communicating and targeting clients. His role includes sales of software, data and services. He is also responsible for providing technical and non-technical support to clients. Soumik also takes active interest in CLIMsystems' social media and marketing strategies.

  • Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science from Pondicherry University, India.
  • Post-graduation in Computer Science at the University of Waikato.
  • Developed Secure Dynamic IPv6 scheme of Mobile ad hoc networks using ECC, Pondicherry University. Combined team research.
  • Developed a web based application which retrieve and visualize live weather forecast data of different cities, University of Waikato.

Associates

Professor Tom Wigley

After completing his Ph.D. in 1967, he joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada where he stayed until 1975. Here he taught courses in applied mathematics, statistics, air pollution and meteorology. Apart from completing some work in plasma physics while on leave at the U.K. Atomic Energy Authority in Culham, U.K. during 1969, his main research interests during this period were in air pollution and aqueous geochemistry. The former included important work of the dynamics and dispersion of industrial plumes (particularly moist plumes), while the latter produced highly cited papers on the dissolution kinetics of calcite, chemical modelling and carbon isotope geochemistry.

In 1975, he moved to the U.K. to take up a "soft money" research job in climatology, in the then fledgling Climatic Research Unit in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K. In 1978, on the retirement of CRU’s founder and first Director, Professor H.H. Lamb, he became Director of the Unit. Since then, the Unit has become firmly established as one of the world's leading centres in climatology. In 1993, he resigned as Director of the Climatic Research Unit to take up the position of Director of the Office for Interdisciplinary Earth Studies at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, a post held into 1994. He was appointed as an NCAR/UCAR Senior Scientist in 1994. In 2008 he moved back to Australia where he was awarded an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Adelaide. He retired from NCAR in 2009 and was re-appointed as a Senior Research Fellow (honorary). He currently spends time both at NCAR and at the University of Adelaide.

Wigley has published in diverse aspects of the broad field of climatology; from data analysis, to climate impacts on agriculture and water resources, to climate, sea level and carbon cycle modelling, to paleoclimatology. He has concentrated recently on facets of the greenhouse problem, and contributed as a lead author in each of the seven recent major reviews of this problem (US DOE, WMO/UNEP/ICSU-SCOPE, and the 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2001 and 2007 IPCC Reviews). He is one of the most highly cited scientists in the discipline

Dr Juan M Pulhin

Dr Juan M Pulhin is full Professor and former Dean of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR), University of the Philippines Los Baños. He also holds the title of Scientist III, under the University of the Philippines Scientific Productivity System in recognition of his scholarly outputs and international scientific standing. He has been a Visiting Professor at The University of Tokyo for two times in 2007 and 2010. He has more than 30 years of experience in natural resources education, research and development at the national and international level and has authored/co-authored more than 100 technical publications dealing on various aspects of natural resources management and climate change. He has also co-authored/co-edited eight books on forest rehabilitation, impacts of forest tenure reform, climate change, and disaster risk reduction published by reputable publishers. He was a Coordinating Lead Author of the Human Security Chapter (Chapter 12) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report released last 2014 and a Lead Author of the adaptation chapter of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. Dr Pulhin earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Forestry degrees at the University of the Philippines Los Baños and Ph.D. degree in Geographical Sciences from the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies of The Australian National University.

Dr Reece Hill

Dr Reece Hill is a Soil Scientist and Director of LandSystems Limited. Dr Hill is a qualified Soil Scientist with 20 years work experience in New Zealand and Australia. He has a PhD and Masters degree in Soil Science, which included soil mapping and characterisation as well as the use of soil stratigraphic and GIS techniques for assessing the variability of soils, forest nutrients and productivity. Dr Hill has a comprehensive knowledge of field soil mapping, national soil information and soil classification as well as interpretation of land resource information and its application in a catchment modelling context. Recent projects include the assessment of temporal and spatial changes in land use intensity and the development of a spatial framework for prioritising soil conservation and water quality management.

Dr Qian Ye

Dr Ye’s research background includes an expertise in social-economic impacts of climate changes and disaster risk governance. As the executive director of the Integrated Risk Governance Project, sponsored by Future Earth/ICSU and UNISDR, he has engaged extensively with the scientific research community, weather and climate services, government policy makers, business sectors, educators and general public around the world on the disaster risk reduction and green development, supervising two current doctoral projects in co-benefit of reducing disaster risks and building resilient society. He has been awarded over $3 million USD in competitive research funding and has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers in the area of climate change and disaster risk governance. He is the coordinator of Global University Consortium for Integrated Risk Governance Project, an international education network.

Dr Kumaran Raju Durairaju

Scientific researcher with more than fifteen years of rich experience gathered through variety of academic, scientific and operational research projects. Lead researcher and investigator, actively involved for the past six years on Climate Change impacts studies, natural disaster risk assessment and management using EO and Geospatial technology. Founded Geoscience Consulting a technology innovation company to promote research that deals cross-disciplinary (Climate, land cover, fresh water, coastal and marine environment) domain with a strong focus on operations and management, towards the overarching goal of sustainable resource management. Lead PI for the development of “COASTAL INUNDATION RISK MAP STUDY FOR SINGAPORE” with reference to climate change and sea level rise -A national level initiative for long term adaptation plans. Currently working on a national project on “SMART enabled secure and sustainable services for urban ecosystem” on Geospatially enabled 3D Urban Information Model for smart services to improve decision-making in planning processes and policy design at city-regions management levels, with regard to issues related to flood hazard, energy efficiency and noise levels based on urban pattern and its morphology.

Dr Li Dan

Dr Li DAN is now a full professor of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IAP, CAS). He works in the Key Laboratory of Regional Climate-Environment for Temperate East Asia (RCE-TEA). In March 2008, He was appointed as the expert of short term consultant of World Bank for the climate adaptation. During 2008 to 2011, he was the program manager in Atmospheric Division of Earth Science Department, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). Since 2012, he is the assistant director of RCE-TEA. He is a member of Chinese Meteorological Society (CMS) and American Geophysical Union (AGU). Dr Dan’s research interests include interaction between biosphere and atmosphere, land surface model development, climate simulation and modeling, the impact of dynamical vegetation processes and carbon cycles on climate, and climate downscaling.

Greg Jenks

Greg Jenks has pioneered science-led and innovative dune restoration work. Many projects are successfully established that now accomplish affordable littoral restoration while also mitigating the effects of SLR.

  • A recognised leader of the new 21st Century Paradigm for Sustainable Coastal Management.
  • Inspected, quantified and prepared international restoration plans for degraded coastal areas in association with CLIMsystems Ltd.
  • Delivered a programme plan for viable and economical coastal restoration projects to mitigate existing and future concerns regarding anthropogenic-induced beach erosion.
  • Invited to present sustainable, leading-edge and community-focussed management options for mitigating coastal erosion concerns in Pacific Island nations, and to assist with the preparation of a National Adaptation Plan of Action (NAPA) for Vanuatu.
  • Inspect, quantify issues and prepare ecological restoration plans for mitigation of coastal erosion in Vanuatu, in association with CLIMsystems Ltd.
  • Prepared and submitted a leading-edge and community-focussed beach management and restoration plan for beaches on the Sunshine Coast, Australia.
  • Has recently contributed to the "Urban Coastal Zones" chapter of the UCCRN Second Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3-2), to be published by Cambridge University Press in December 2015 and launched at COP21 in Paris.”

Christine Holland

Ms. Holland is the founder and president of Symbios Energy Solutions, Inc. Christine has 20 years of experience in the Energy Economics field. She served as Senior Economist for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) for two years and is considered an expert in modeling and forecasting innovative products and behavior. Preceding her economist position, she served for 5 years as the Manager of NEEA’s Planning team which led cost-effectiveness modeling and savings reporting for the organization. Prior to joining NEEA, Christine spent 10 years as an economist in private industry. She was the lead modeler in PacifiCorp’s Integrated Resource Planning Department. She forecasting wholesale electricity prices while working for a Tractebel Marketing, Inc., Christine performed cost-benefit analysis for the Texas Transportation Institute. Her educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Economics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Ph.D. in Environmental and Resource Economics from Texas A&M University, with a deep emphasis in Energy Economics. During her academic tenure she participated in Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency grants pertaining to biomass production impacts on the agricultural prices and climate change impacts on the forestry industry.

Govinda Bhandari

Mr. Govinda Bhandari is the President of Progressive Sustainable Developers Nepal (PSD-Nepal). Govinda has over nine years of experience in research and publication.

Masters degree in Ecology and Environment from Sikkim Manipal University, India.

Bachelors degree in Environmental Science from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

Co-founder of Environment Professionals Training and Research Institute, Nepal.

Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Environment ISSN 2091-2854 (Online), Nepal.

Currently working on building a research capacity in Nepal by providing training on scientific writing and publishing.

Dr Graham Ashford

Dr Graham Ashford is a Lecturer in Environmental and Resource Economics, and the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. He holds advanced qualifications in economics with specialisations in the fields of environmental and resource economics and environmental management. His experience includes designing and implementing climate change research and adaptation projects; leading environmental impact studies; analysing trade, natural resource management and community development policies; and designing poverty alleviation and community development strategies. He has extensive experience in policy analysis and training in environmental management and climate change adaptation and has led projects with governments, universities, United Nations agencies, NGOs and community groups in Mauritius, Madagascar, India, Zimbabwe, China, North Korea, United Kingdom, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago and Canada. Graham's current international work focuses on building the capacity of countries to use economic assessment procedures to evaluate the costs of climate change impacts and determine appropriate adaptation strategies. Graham's PhD research focused on the application of objective-oriented partial crediting policies to improve economic, environmental and social outcomes of carbon offset projects.

Wayne King

Climate Change and Sustainable Development Expert with 25 years experience related to sustainable development, climate change financing, climate project design and development for GEF/GCF, carbon finance, carbon brokerage, carbon trading, clean development mechanism (CDM), joint Implementation (JI), carbon forestry, REDD, forestry investments, renewable energy investments, energy-efficiency investments. Including implementation of regional and national climate change projects and programs, undertaking consultations with stakeholders, and innovative design of mechanisms for implementing climate financed projects and programs.

Sennye Masike

Sennye Masike an environmental economist with PhD in climate change impact assessment. He has extensive knowledge and experience on climate change impact assessment, adaptation, vulnerability and mitigation assessment. Dr Masike has worked in over 10 countries in Africa, South America, Middle East and the Pacific Island and Caribbean Island. Some of the techniques that I have employed and knowledgable on include system dynamic modelling, Cost Benefit Analysis and Multi Criteria Decision Analysis. Some of the climate change projects involved in include Intended National Determined Contributions, National Appropriate Mitigation Actions, REDD+.

More Associates

  • Mr. Joel Smith (USA),
  • Dr Graham Sem (Pacific),
  • Dr Rex Cruz (Philippines/Asia),
  • Dr Jason Vogel (USA),
  • Mr. Donovan Burton (Australia),
  • Dr Patrice Day (USA),
  • Dr Olivia Warrick (New Zealand/Pacific),
  • Mr. Albert Urich (USA),
  • Mr. Gareth Johnston (Australia/Asia),
  • Mr. David Bishop (New Zealand/Pacific),
  • Mr. Brian Lazar (USA),
  • Mr. Mark Evans (Australia),
  • Dr Salem Sarwar (Pakistan),
  • Dr Liza Storey (India)
  • Ms. Maxine Day
  • Mr. Michael Canares

Scientific Advisory Panel

One of the challenges faced by CLIMsystems is to ensure that the science behind its software is up-to-date, credible and robust. In this respect, CLIMsystems has established a new international Scientific Advisory Panel for the purpose of providing review and scientific oversight on the development and application of its software modelling system, SimCLIM. The Panel is chaired by Prof T.M.L. Wigley and includes:

  • Dr J. Meehl (National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA)
  • Prof B. Hewitson (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Prof M. Manton (Monash University, Australia)
  • Prof M. Manning (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
  • Dr J. Hunter (Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Centre (ACE CRC))
  • Prof R. Wilby (Loughborough University, UK)

Interns

  • Sireta Laore - Finance and Administration
  • Laurence McLean - Climate Risk Disclosure Research
  • Taljit Singh-Sandhu - Climate Risk Disclosure Research
  • Violet Zhang - Public Relations and Communications
  • Janani Geethanjali - Public Relations and Communications
  • Jayze Toia-Edwards - Public Relations and Communications
  • Nicolas Eman - Business Strategy
  • Melissa Leahy – Consumer Behavior