Emeritus Professor Ian Noble

Emeritus Professor

Over 25 years as a researcher at ANU on the interactions between humans and our landscapes touching upon grazing lands, fire management and the impacts of climate change. During this time I worked in, and led, international scientific collaborations establishing the scientific basis of climate change and its impacts. I also played numerous roles in scientific synthesis reports such as the IPCC and the Millenium Ecosystem Assessment. I then spent 10 years at the World Bank playing a lead role in their efforts to achieve climate resilient development outcomes.

Research interests

Impacts of climate change on human and natural systems, and in particular supporting adaptive responses to current and anticipated climate change.

  • Chen, C, Hellman, J, Berrang-Ford, L et al 2018, 'A global assessment of adaptation investment from the perspectives of equity and efficiency', Mitigation and adaptation strategies for global change, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 101-122pp.
  • Sulistyawati, E, Noble, I & Roderick, M 2005, 'A simulation model to study land use strategies in swidden agriculture systems', Agricultural Systems, vol. 85, pp. 271-288.
  • Roxburgh, S, Barrett, D, Berry, S et al 2004, 'A critical overview of model estimates of net primary productivity for the Australian continent', Functional Plant Biology, vol. 31, pp. 1043-1059.
  • Schimel, D, House, J, Hibbard, K et al 2001, 'Recent patterns and mechanisms of carbon exchange by terrestrial ecosystems', Nature, vol. 414, pp. 169-172.
  • Schimel, D, House, J, Hibbard, K et al 2001, 'Recent patterns and mechanisms of carbon exchange by terrestrial ecosystems', Nature, vol. 414, pp. 169-172.
  • Canadell, J & Noble, I 2001, 'Changing metabolism of terrestrial ecosystems under global change', Ecological Applications, vol. 10, pp. 1551-1552.
  • Roderick, M, Farquhar, G, Berry, S et al 2001, 'On the direct effect of clouds and atmospheric particles on the productivity and structure of vegetation', Oecologia, vol. 129, pp. 21-30.
  • Scholes, R & Noble, I 2001, 'Storing carbon on land', Science, vol. 294, no. 5544, pp. 1012-1013.
  • Roxburgh, S & Noble, I 2001, 'Terrestrial ecosystems', in Levin SA (ed.), Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 637-646.
  • Noble, I & Scholes, R 2001, 'Sinks and the Kyoto protocol', Climate Policy, vol. 1, pp. 5-25.
  • Roderick, M, Berry, S & Noble, I 2000, 'A framework for understanding the relationship between environment and vegetation based on the surface area to volume ratio of leaves.', Functional Ecology, vol. 14, pp. 423-437.
  • Noble, I, Apps, M, Houghton, R et al 2000, 'Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry', in Watson, RT; Noble, IR; Bolin, B; Ravindranath, NH; (ed.), Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 53-126.
  • Noble, I & Watson, R, eds, 2000, Land Use, Land-Use Change, and Forestry, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
  • Roderick, M, Berry, S, Noble, I et al 1999, 'A theoretical approach to linking the composition and morphology with the function of leaves', Functional Ecology, vol. 13, pp. 683-695.
  • Gitay, H, Noble, I & Connell, J 1999, 'Deriving functional types for rainforest trees', Journal of Vegetation Science, vol. 10, pp. 653-662.
  • Roderick, M, Berry, S & Noble, I 1999, 'The relationship between leaf composition and morphology at elevated CO2 concentrations', Functional Ecology, no. 143, pp. 63-72.
  • Roderick, M, Berry, S, Saunders, A et al 1999, 'On the relationship between the composition, morphology and function of leaves', Functional Ecology, vol. 13, no. n/a, pp. 696-710.