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Adelle Thomas

Climate Analytics/ University of The Bahamas
United States
Email: adelle.thomas [at] gmail [period/dot] com

Dr. Adelle Thomas is Senior Fellow of the Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Research Centre at University of The Bahamas and Caribbean Science Lead with Climate Analytics. A human-environment geographer, her research has focused on adaptation, loss and damage and vulnerability of Small Island Developing States to climate change. Dr. Thomas has worked for over fifteen years on intersections between climate change adaptation, disaster risk management and sustainable development. She has also served as a Lead Author on several IPCC reports including the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C, the Fifth Assessment Report and the upcoming Sixth Assessment Report, focusing on key risks across regions and sectors.

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Thomas, A., Theokritoff, E., Lesnikowski, A., Reckien, D., Jagannathan, K., Cremades, R., Compbell, D., Joe, E., Sitati, A., Singh, C., Segnon, A.,m Pentz, B., Musah-Surugu, J., Mulin, C., Mach, K., Gichuki, L., Galappathithi, E., Chalastani, V., Ajbade, I., Ruiz-Diaz, R., Grady, C., Garschagen, M., Ford, J., and Bowen, K. 2021. “Global evidence of constraints and limits to human adaptation,” Regional Environmental change, August 26, 2021.

Thomas, A., Larson, S., Martyr-Koller, R., Schleussner, C., Nauels, and Lissner, T. 2021. “Loss and damage implications of sea level rise on Small Island Developing States,” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (June 2021).

Thomas, A., Andrijevic, M., Crespo Cuaresma, J., Lissner, T., & Schleussner, C.-F. 2020. “Overcoming gender inequality for climate resilient development,” Nature Communications, December 15, 2020.

Thomas, A., Serdeczny, O. & Pringle, P. 2020. “Loss and damage research for the global stocktake,” Nature Climate Change, June 1, 2020.

Thomas, A., Baptiste, A., Martyr, R., Pringle, P., Rhiney, K. 2020. “Climate Change and Small Island Developing States,” Annual Review of Environment and Resources (October 2020).

Mechler, C. Singh, K. Ebi, R. Djalante, A. Thomas, R. James, P. Tschakert, M. Wewerinke‑Singh, T. Schinko, D. Ley, J. Nalau, L. M. Bouwer, C. Huggel, S. Huq, J. Linnerooth‑Bayer, S. Surminski, P. Pinho, R. Jones, E. Boyd, A. Revi. 2020. “Loss and Damage and limits to adaptation: recent IPCC insights and implications for climate science and policy,” Sustainability Science, May 2, 2020.

Hoegh-Guldberg, D. Jacob, M. Taylor, T. Guillén Bolaños, M. Bindi, S. Brown, I. A.Camilloni, A. Diedhiou, R. Djalante, K. Ebi, F. Engelbrecht, J. Guiot, Y. Hijioka, S. Mehrotra, A. J. Payne, H-O Pörtner, S. I. Seneviratne, Thomas, A., Warren, R., Zhou, G. 2019. “The human imperative of stabilizing global climate change at 1.5°C,” Science, September 20, 2019.

Silver, J., Arkema, A., Griffen, R., Lashely, B. Lemay, M. Maldonado, S., Moultrie, S., Ruckelshaus, M., Schill, S. Thomas, A., Wyatt, K., Verutes, G. 2019. “Advancing Coastal Risk Reduction Science and Implementation by Accounting for Climate, Ecosystems and People,” Frontiers in Marine Science, September 24, 2019.

Thomas, A., Shooya, O., Rokitzki, M., Bertrand, M., Lissner, T. 2019. “Climate change adaptation planning in practice: insights from the Caribbean,” Regional Environmental Change, July 12, 2019.

Thomas, A., Benjamin, L. 2019. “Non-economic loss and damage: Lessons from displacement in the Caribbean,” Climate Policy, July 22, 2019.

Schleussner, C. F., Deryng, D., D’haen, S., Hare, W., Lissner, T., Ly, M.,Nauels, A. Noblet, M., Pfleiderer, P., Pringle, P. Rokitzki, M., Saeed, F., Schaeffer, M., Serdeczny, O. & Thomas, A. 2018. “1.5° C Hotspots: Climate Hazards, Vulnerabilities, and Impacts,” Annual Review of Environment and Resources (October 2018).

Thomas, A., Moore, A. and Edwards, M. 2018. “Feeding island dreams: exploring the relationship between food security and agritourism in the Caribbean,” Island Studies Journal (2018).

Benjamin, L., Thomas, A. and Heyes, R. 2018. “An ‘Islands’ COP’? Loss and damage at COP23,” Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law, October 5, 2018.

Thomas, A. and Benjamin, L. 2018. “Policies and mechanisms to address climate-induced migration and displacement in Pacific and Caribbean small developing states,” International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, January 2, 2018.

Thomas, A. and Benjamin, L. 2017. “Management of loss and damage in small island developing states: implications for a 1.5⁰C or warmer world,” Regional Environmental Change, July 4, 2017.

Thomas, A., Schleussner, C-F., and Kumar, M. 2018. “Small island developing states and 1.5 °C,” Regional Environmental Change, October 25, 2018.

Thomas, A. and Baptiste, A. 2017. “Knowledge, perceptions, concerns, and behaviors to climate change—the Caribbean context: an introduction,” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, November 22, 2017.

Baptiste, A. and Thomas, A. 2017. “Perceptions of climate change risk in The Bahamas,” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, May 23, 2017.

Benjamin, L. and Thomas, A. 2016. “1.5°C to Stay Alive? AOSIS and the Long-Term Temperature Goal in the Paris Agreement,” January 22, 2016.

Leichenko, R. and Thomas, A. 2012. “Coastal Cities and Regions in a Changing Climate: Economic Impacts, Risks and Vulnerabilities,” Geography Compass, June 20, 2012.

Thomas, A. and Leichenko, R. 2011. “Adaptation through insurance: Lessons from the National Flood Insurance Program,” International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, August 2, 2011.