Brian N. Mills

Applied Climatologist - Impacts & Adaptation Research

Current research and/or projects

Contributing to Environment Canada’s mandate to develop and evaluate strategies to adapt to the impacts of weather, climate, and climate change

  • Understanding and managing the impacts of weather, climate variability, and climate change on surface transportation infrastructure and operations
  • Determining and improving the value of weather, climate and climate change information
  • Evaluating the social and economic impacts of lightning, winter storms, and other weather- or climate-related hazards

Professional activities / interests

Chair of the Societal and Economic Research and Applications (SERA) working group, World Weather Research Programme (WWRP), World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Member of the North American Regional Committee, The Observing System Research and Predictability Experiment (THORPEX), WWRP, WMO

Education and awards

Bachelor of Environmental Studies (B.E.S.), Honours Co-operative Geography, University of Waterloo (1993)

Key publications

Mills, B. , D. Unrau, L. Pentelow, and K. Spring 2010. Assessment of lightning-related damage and disruption in Canada, Natural Hazards, 52(2):481-499. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-009-9391-2.

Mills, B. , S.L. Tighe, J. Andrey, J.T. Smith, and K. Huen. 2009. Climate change implications for flexible pavement design and performance in southern Canada, Journal of Transportation Engineering, 135(10):773-782.

Mills, B. , D. Unrau, C. Parkinson, B. Jones, J. Yessis, K. Spring, and L. Pentelow. 2008. An assessment of lightning-related fatality and injury risk in Canada, Natural Hazards, 47(2):157-183.

Morss, R., J. Lazo, H. Brooks, B. Brown, P. Ganderton and B. Mills. 2008. Societal and economic research and application priorities for the North American THORPEX program, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 89(3):335-346.

Baiz, S., S. Tighe, C.T. Haas, B. Mills, and M. Perchanok, 2008. Development of frost and thaw depth predictors for decision making about variable load restrictions, Transportation Research Record , 2053:1-8.

Mills, B. (ed.). 2008. SERA North: Economics of Weather, Climate, and Climate Change. Synthesis of a meeting held 21-22 February, Waterloo, Canada. Adaptation and Impacts Research Division, Environment Canada. Waterloo, Canada. 55p.