Stewart J. Cohen

Senior Researcher - Regional Assessments of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
Environment and Climate Change Canada

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

  • Integrated regional assessments of climate change impacts and adaptation
  • Participatory approaches for applications of climate change scenarios
  • Climate change impacts and adaptation related to water resources
  • Linking climate change and sustainable development

Professional activities / interests

Member of the author team for the Intergovernmental Panel (IPCC) on Climate Change Fifth Assessment, Working Group II

Member of IPCC Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA)

Member of research teams for studies on climate change impacts adaptation and forestry in a) Kamloops BC, b) Skeena BC, and c) Williams Lake, BC

Member of the editorial board of Climatic Change

Member of research team of a GEOIDE funded study entitled "Future Visioning of Local Climate Change Scenarios with Integrated Geomatics / Visualization Systems"

Member of author team for U.S. Climate Change Science Program Unified Synthesis Product, "Impacts of Global Warming on the United States" and "Weather and Climate Extremes in a Changing Climate" (2008 -2009)

Member of advisory committee for Columbia Basin Trust program "Communities Adapting to Climate Change"

Thesis supervisory committee for 14 students at University of British Columbia (1995 - present)

Editorial Board member, Integrated Assessment- formerly Environmental Modelling & Assessment (1996 - 2003), Journal of Climate (1989 - 1994), Climatological Bulletin (1982 - 1993); Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network (C-CIARN), Advisor - British Columbia node (2001 - 2007); World Conference on the Changing Atmosphere--Implications for Global Security, 27-30 June, 1988 (World Meteorological Organization, United Nations Environment Programme and Environment Canada), Working Group Coordinator, Conference Secretariat, (1987 - 1988)

Education and awards

Member of author team, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), co-winner of 2007 Nobel Peace Prize

Visiting Fellowship in Canadian Government Laboratories (1984-1985)

Ph.D. Geography, University of Illinois, 1981; M.Sc. Geography, University of Alberta, 1977; B.Sc. Geography, McGill University, 1975

Key publications

Harma, K.J., M.S. Johnson, and S.J. Cohen, 2012.  Future water supply and demand in the Okanagan Basin, British Columbia:  a scenario-based analysis of multiple, interacting stressors.  Water Resources Management, 26, 667-689.   

Cohen, S.J., S. Sheppard, A. Shaw, D. Flanders, S. Burch, B. Taylor, D. Hutchinson, A. Cannon, S. Hamilton, B. Burton, and J. Carmichael.  2011. Downscaling and visioning of mountain snow packs and other climate change implications in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. DOI 10.1007/s11027-011-9307-9.

Cohen, S.J. with M.W. Waddell. 2009. Climate Change in the 21st Century. McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal. 379 p.

Yohe, G.W., R.D. Lasco, Q.K. Ahmad, N. Arnell, S.J. Cohen, C. Hope, A.C. Janetos and R.T. Perez. 2007. Perspectives on climate change and sustainability. In: Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Parry, M., O. Canziani, J. Palutikof and P. van der Linden (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA. pp.811-841.

Peterson, T.C., D.M. Anderson, S.J. Cohen, M. Cortez-Vázquez, R.J. Murnane, C. Parmesan, D. Phillips, R.S. Pulwarty and J.M.R. Stone. 2008. Why Weather and Climate Extremes Matter. In T.R. Karl, G.A. Meehl, C.D. Miller, S.J. Hassol, A.M. Waple, and W.L. Murray (eds.) Weather and Climate Extremes in a Changing Climate. Regions of Focus: North America, Hawaii, Caribbean, and U.S. Pacific Islands. A Report by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research, Washington, DC., p. 11-34.

Cohen, S. and T. Neale (eds.). 2006. Participatory integrated assessment of water management and climate change in the Okanagan Basin, British Columbia. Final report, Project A846. Submitted to Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa. Environment Canada and University of British Columbia, Vancouver. 188p.

Cohen, S., D. Neilsen, S. Smith, T. Neale, B. Taylor, M. Barton, W. Merritt, Y. Alila, P. Shepherd, R. McNeill, J. Tansey, J. Carmichael and S. Langsdale. 2006. Learning with Local Help: Expanding the Dialogue on Climate Change and Water Management in the Okanagan Region, British Columbia, Canada. Climatic Change. 75:331-358.

Cohen, S., B. Bass, D. Etkin, B. Jones, J. Lacroix, B. Mills, D. Scott and G.C. van Kooten. 2004. Regional adaptation strategies. In H. Coward and A. Weaver (eds.), Hard Choices: Climate Change in Canada, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 151-178.


Adjunct Professor, Department of Forest Resources Management, University of British Columbia

Member, American Meteorological Society

Member, The Integrated Assessment Society