Biography

Mark New is jointly appointed Professor for International Development at DEV and as Director of the African Climate and Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town.  Over the last twenty years he has been at the forefront of climate change research in several fields: detection of climate change trends, climate modelling and scenarios, assessment of uncertainty in climate projections and impacts, especially water, food and ecosystems, and resultant adaptation strategies, and the implications of the failure of climate mitigation policies for climate impacts and adaptation.  His current research focuses on two main areas – barriers and enablers to adaptation responses to climate change, and resource nexus issues in the face of climate change, inequality and sustainability.

Mark is a member of the South African Global Change Science Committee and also the Future Earth Africa Science Committee, and an Editor for the journal Environmental Research Letters.  He is involved in a number of research projects, including (i) ASSAR which aims to understand barriers and enablers for effective and widespread adaptation to climate change in Semi-Arid regions of Africa and Asia, (ii) DIWCC, which is looking at resource trade-offs and socio-economic development in water-constrained catchments; (iii) the SARUA Curriculum Innovation Network, which is developing Masters level climate change and development curriculum, material and training for southern African universities.

Mark has a BSc Hons in Geology from the University of Cape Town, an MPhil in Environment and Development and a PhD in Geography, both from Cambridge University.  Prior to his current posts, he was, from 1999-2011 Lecturer, Reader and then Professor of Climate Science at the School of Geography, University of Oxford, and from 1995-1999 Senior Research Fellow at the Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia.

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Cole, M. J., Bailey, R. M., New, M. G.

(2014)

Tracking sustainable development with a national barometer for South Africa using a downscaled "safe and just space" framework,

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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pp. E4399-E4408

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New, M.

(2014)

Water Scarcity on a Blue Planet: Is the Planet Filling Up?,

in Is the Planet Full?.

Oxford University Press, Oxford

pp. 121-141

ISBN 9780199677771

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Cole, M. J., Bailey, R. M., New, M. G.

(2017)

Spatial variability in sustainable development trajectories in South Africa: provincial level safe and just operating spaces,

in Sustainability Science

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pp. 829–848

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Clark, K. E., West, A. J., Hilton, R. G., Asner, G. P., Quesada, C. A., Silman, M. R., Saatchi, S. S., Farfan-Rios, W., Martin, R. E., Horwath, A. B., Halladay, K., New, M., Malhi, Y.

(2016)

Storm-triggered landslides in the Peruvian Andes and implications for topography, carbon cycles, and biodiversity,

in Earth Surface Dynamics

4

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pp. 47-70

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Dieppois, B., Rouault, M., New, M.

(2015)

The impact of ENSO on Southern African rainfall in CMIP5 ocean atmosphere coupled climate models: Climate Dynamics,

in Climate Dynamics

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pp. 2425-2442

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Karmacharya, J., Levine, R. C., Jones, R., Moufouma-Okia, W., New, M.

(2015)

Sensitivity of systematic biases in South Asian summer monsoon simulations to regional climate model domain size and implications for downscaled regional process studies: Climate Dynamics,

in Climate Dynamics

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pp. 213-231

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Fujisawa, M., Kobayashi, K., Johnston, P., New, M.

(2015)

What drives farmers to make top-down or bottom-up adaptation to climate change and fluctuations?: A comparative study on 3 cases of apple farming in Japan and South Africa,

in PLoS ONE

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article no. e0120563

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Clark, K. E., Torres, M. A., West, A. J., Hilton, R. G., New, M., Horwath, A. B., Fisher, J. B., Rapp, J. M., Caceres, A. R., Malhi, Y.

(2014)

The hydrological regime of a forested tropical Andean catchment,

in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS)

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pp. 5377-5397

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Cole, M. J., Bailey, R. M., New, M. G.

(2014)

Tracking sustainable development with a national barometer for South Africa using a downscaled "safe and just space" framework,

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

111

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pp. E4399-E4408

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Rahiz, M., New, M.

(2014)

Does a rainfall-based drought index simulate hydrological droughts?,

in International Journal of Climatology

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pp. 2853-2871

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Roman-Cuesta, R. M., Carmona-Moreno, C., Lizcano, G., New, M., Silman, M., Knoke, T., Malhi, Y., Oliveras, I., Asbjornsen, H., Vuille, M.

(2014)

Synchronous fire activity in the tropical high Andes: an indication of regional climate forcing,

in Global Change Biology

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(6)

pp. 1929-1942

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New, M.

(2014)

Water Scarcity on a Blue Planet: Is the Planet Filling Up?,

in Is the Planet Full?.

Oxford University Press, Oxford

pp. 121-141

ISBN 9780199677771

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Butt, N., Malhi, Y., New, M., Macia, M. J., Lewis, S. L., Lopez-Gonzalez, G., Laurance, W. F., Laurance, S., Luizao, R., Andrade, A., Baker, T. R., Almeida, S., Phillips, O. L.

(2014)

Shifting dynamics of climate-functional groups in old-growth Amazonian forests,

in Plant Ecology & Diversity

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pp. 267-279

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Ziervogel, G., New, M., van Garderen, E. A., Midgley, G., Taylor, A., Hamann, R., Stuart-Hill, S., Myers, J., Warburton, M.

(2014)

Climate change impacts and adaptation in South Africa,

in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change

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pp. 605-620

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MacKellar, N., New, M., Jack, C.

(2014)

Observed and modelled trends in rainfall and temperature for South Africa: 1960-2010,

in South African Journal of Science

110

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article no. ARTN 2013-0353

pp. 51-63

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Maharaj, S. S., New, M.

(2013)

Modelling individual and collective species responses to climate change within Small Island States,

in Biological Conservation

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pp. 283-291

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Garrick, D., De Stefano, L., Fung, F., Pittock, J., Schlager, E., New, M., Connell, D.

(2013)

Managing hydroclimatic risks in federal rivers: a diagnostic assessment,

in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences

371

(2002)

article no. 20120415

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Clark, K. E., Hilton, R. G., West, A. J., Malhi, Y., Groecke, D. R., Bryant, C. L., Ascough, P. L., Robles Caceres, A., New, M.

(2013)

New views on "old" carbon in the Amazon River: Insight from the source of organic carbon eroded from the Peruvian Andes,

in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems

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pp. 1644-1659

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Karmalkar, A. V., Taylor, M. A., Campbell, J., Stephenson, T., New, M., Centella, A., Benzanilla, A., Charlery, J.

(2013)

A review of observed and projected changes in climate for the islands in the Caribbean,

in Atmosfera

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pp. 283-309

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Fung, F., Watts, G., Lopez, A., Orr, H. G., New, M., Extence, C.

(2013)

Using Large Climate Ensembles to Plan for the Hydrological Impact of Climate Change in the Freshwater Environment,

in Water Resources Management

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pp. 1063-1084

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Rahiz, M., New, M.

(2013)

21st Century Drought Scenarios for the UK,

in Water Resources Management

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pp. 1039-1061

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Halladay, K., Malhi, Y., New, M.

(2012)

Cloud frequency climatology at the Andes/Amazon transition: 1. Seasonal and diurnal cycles,

in Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres

117

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article no. 23102

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Key Research Interests

Climate change scenarios, impacts and adaptation

Resource nexus under climate change