Director of the Climate Change Institute
Australian National University
Professor Mark Howden is a Director of the Climate Change Institute at the Australian National
University. He has been a major contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) since 1991, with roles in the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and now Sixth Assessment Reports,
sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with other IPCC participants and Al Gore.
He is also an Honorary Professor at Melbourne University, a Vice Chair of the IPCC and a member of
the Australian National Climate Science Advisory Committee. He is a former Chief Research Scientist
at CSIRO Agriculture.
Professor Howden was on the US Federal Advisory Committee for the 3rd National Climate
Assessment and contributes to several major national and international science and policy advisory
Professor Howden is an expert on how climate variability and climate change will impact on food
production and food security and how to adapt to those impacts. He has also developed the national
and international greenhouse gas inventories for the agricultural sector and assessed sustainable
methods of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.
Professor Howden has worked on climate variability, climate change, innovation and adoption issues
for more than 30 years in partnership with many industry, community and policy groups via both
research and science-policy roles. Issues he has addressed include agriculture and food security, the
natural resource base, ecosystems and biodiversity, energy, water and urban systems.
Professor Howden has authored more than 420 publications. The national and international
greenhouse gas inventories he helped develop are a fundamental part of the Paris Agreement,
helping inform sustainable ways to reduce emissions.