Adelle Thomas

Vice-Chair, Working Group II


Dr. Adelle Thomas is Vice-Chair of Working Group II. She was a Lead Author of the IPCC Special Report on 1.5C and the Working Group II contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report. She is a Visiting Researcher at University of The Bahamas and Senior Research Associate at Climate Analytics. As a human-environment geographer, her research focuses on the particular vulnerabilities, adaptation potentials and limits to adaptation for small island developing states. Her work has examined the potential of insurance as an adaptation strategy; knowledge, awareness and perception of the public about climate change; assessing opportunities, barriers and limits to adaptation; challenges facing small islands in managing loss and damage; and adaptation planning in small islands. Adelle has worked for several years on intersections between climate change adaptation, environmental protection and development and works with governments throughout the Caribbean to improve holistic responses to environmental change.