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International Advisory Board

The purpose of the SAGES International Advisory Committee is to maximise both it's international potential and it's capacity to provide benefit to Scotland. The committee consists of members from international researchers, research councils, industry and relevant environment agencies. AdCom meets once a year and is chaired independently to offer advice and support to the SAGES Director, Trevor Hoey.

Alastair Fraser Prof. Alastair J. Fraser, EGI Chair in Petroleum Geoscience. He holds a BSc from Edinburgh University (1977) and a PhD from Glasgow University (1995), both in Geology. Al previously worked for BP as a Petroleum Geologist/Exploration Manager for over 30 years. His career in petroleum exploration, has taken him to most corners of the world including N. America, Europe, Africa, Middle East and the Far East. Following the BP Amoco merger, he led the team which made the significant Plutonio discovery in Block 18, deepwater Angola. He is the author of many papers on the petroleum geology of extensional basins most notably on the North Sea Jurassic and Northern England Carboniferous.

Alison Hay Alison Hay, was previously a Councillor with Argyll and Bute Council and spoke for COSLA on Regeneration and Sustainability issues until May 2012. Her portfolio included Climate Change and the environment; she brings 20 years of local government experience to SAGES Advisory Board. She is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Auchindrain Museum and is a Member of the Kilmartin Museum Board.

Trevor Hoey Prof. Trevor Hoey, SAGES Director, Trevor Hoey is Professor of Numerical Geoscience and Head of the Department of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow. In 1989, Prof. Hoey was awarded a PhD from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and he became a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Geography in 1990. From 1990 to 1992 he worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield. Prof. Hoey joined the University of Glasgow in 1992 as Lecturer in Geography and was later promoted to Senior Lecturer. He was appointed Professor of Numerical Geoscience in 2003 and two years later became Head of Department. His research interests include: Sediment transport processes in gravel-bed rivers;The dynamics of braided rivers;Numerical modelling of sediment transport and landscape evolution and the geomorphological basis of river management.

[Paul Jowitt]Paul Jowitt Paul Jowitt is Executive Director of the Scottish Institute of Sustainable Technology, a joint venture between Heriot Watt University and the international engineering consultancy MWH. Paul Jowitt is a graduate of Imperial College London and lectured there from 1974 until he took up the Chair of Civil Engineering Systems at Heriot Watt University in 1987. He was Head of the Department of Civil and Offshore Engineering from 1989 to 1999. He is a lead investigator in a consortium between Heroit Watt and Cambridge Universities on the EPSRC-funded ISSUES Project. Paul Jowitt is a Past President of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He chaired the ICE Presidential Commission, Engineering without Frontiers. He was chair of the ICE Task Group and was the author of the ICE's 6th Brunel International Lecture "Engineering Civilisation from the Shadows. He is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, a Fellow of the City of Guilds of London Institute and a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is a non-Executive Director of United Utilities Water and a former Board Member of Scottish Water from 2002-2008. Paul is Editor of the International Journal "Civil Engineering & Environmental Systems", Chairman of the Trustees of the charity Engineers against Poverty. He is also a Trustee of the Forth Bridges Visitor Centre Trust, and The Steamship Sir Walter Scott Trust. He is a founder member of "The Edge" - an ICE/RIBA/CIBSE Ginger Group created to increase public and political awareness of the role of engineers and architects. In 2011, Paul received a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to Technology.

[Andy Kerr] Dr. Andy Kerr, In December 2010, I became Director of ECCI, the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation. The Edinburgh Centre is a centre for innovation and skills to support the development of resilient, low carbon societies. I have been a Director of E3 International, an environmental company which works with major corporations and non-governmental organisations to support their responses to the shift in environmental regulation - from traditional command and control measures to market-based instruments and mechanisms. I have worked for Greenergy, a biofuels company, setting up a used-cooking oil biodiesel supply chain, and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management. I obtained my doctorate in climate change from the University of Edinburgh, examining the stability of the Antarctic ice sheet to climate change.

NMcCave Prof. Nick McCave, Emeritus Professor, University of Cambridge. Prof. McCave's research areas include climate change and earth-oceans-atmosphere systems. His research aims to understand how the modern deep ocean circulation shapes the sea bed and controls the distribution of sediment types, grain-sizes and bedforms. He then applies this understanding to the interpretation of the geological record of the changing deep-sea circulation in piston and gravity cores for the late Pleistocene, and Ocean Drilling Project cores for the Neogene and earlier Pleistocene. Insight developed over the last 30 years concerning mechanics of fine sediment erosion, transport, aggregation and deposition shows that sediments become more cohesive, and all form aggregates, below 10 Ám grainsize, but above that size they increasingly behave non-cohesively and are sorted by prevailing currents. This 'sortable silt' (10-63 Ám) has a mean size that provides a proxy for depositional current speed and allows insight into changes in deep circulation vigour.

MSiegert Prof. Martin Siegert, Professor of Geoscience, University of Bristol. He was formerly the Head of the School of Geoscience, University of Edinburgh which he joined in August 2006. He joined the Bristol Glaciology Centre as a lecturer in January, 1999 and became its Director in 2005. He read Geological Geophysics at the University of Reading between 1986 and 1989, and later undertook his Ph.D. at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge from 1990 to 1993. During 1994 he remained in Cambridge, working as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant. He was a lecturer in the Centre for Glaciology, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, between 1994 and 1998. His research interests include: Glaciology and Quaternary Science; the study and exploration of Antarctic subglacial lakes; Antarctic Climate Evolution, and in particular using geophysical data and modelling to understand past changes to the ice sheet.

HvonStorch Prof. Hans von Storch, University of Hamburg, Germany. Prof. Hans von Storch is a Director of the Institute for Coastal Research of the GKSS Research Centre, Professor at the Meteorological Institute of the University of Hamburg and a member of the Steering Committee of the CLISAP Center of Excellence on Climate Research of Hamburg University. His research interests are coastal climate and impact (wind, storm surges and waves) in recent times and in possible futures, and methodical issues of statistical climatology (such as detection and attribution of anthropogenic climate change, or utility of proxy data). He is engaged in transdisciplinary research with social and cultural scientists.

HWanner Prof. Heinz Wanner, University of Bern, Switzerland. Prof. Heinz Wanner studied geography, climatology and mathematics in Bern and Grenoble (France). He then got a postdoc at the Atmospheric Science Department of the Colorado State University in Fort Collins and worked as a deputy director of the large Alpine Experiment of the UNESCO GARP programme. In his first "scientific life" Heinz Wanner worked on regional meteorology, mountain meteorology and air pollution dispersion. After being nominated a full professor at the University of Bern, his colleagues, Hans Oeschger and Bruno Messerli pushed Heinz Wanner to jump into a second "scientific life". Since this time Heinz Wanner works on global and regional paleoclimate reconstructions and diagnostics at different time scales between the last few hundred years and the Holocene (past 12,000 years). Heinz Wanner is the acting president of the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Bern and a co-chair of the IGPB-PAGES (Past Global Changes) programme. In 2006 he got the Vautrin Lud prize, the unofficial Nobel prize in geography.

Philip Wright, Philip Wright joined the former Scottish Office from Lothian Regional Council in 1982, occupying a series of specialist and policy posts covering civil engineering and environmental matters. In his previous post as Head of Climate Change and Air Division for the Scottish Government, Philip supported Scottish Ministers in the development and implementation of the Scottish Governments’s policy on climate change, including Scotland’s Climate Change Programme. Other policy responsibilities extended over flood risk management, coast protection, reservoir safety, air quality, noise, ozone deleting substances and determining appeals to Scottish Ministers under environmental legislation. Among other roles he is also a member of Ofgem’s Environmental Advisory Committee and Chairman of the Scotland and Northern Ireland Forum for Environmental Research (SNIFFER).