Dr Graham McDowell

Dr Graham McDowell


I study lived experiences of climate change in high mountain regions, with a focus on vulnerability and adaptation to changes in glacial hydrology. I have led community-level projects in the Nepal Himalaya, Peruvian Andes, Rocky Mountains, Greenland, and Baffin Island as well as numerous global-scale evaluations of climate change vulnerability and adaptation in cold regions. I am active in publishing and presenting my scholarly contributions and am committed to the mobilization of scientific knowledge, including through my work as a Contributing Author with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). I am currently the Project Leader for the Canadian Mountain Assessment, as well as a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow affiliated with the University of Zurich. I hold degrees from the University of British Columbia (PhD), the University of Oxford (MSc), and McGill University (BA Hons).

Selected Publications/ Publications sélectionnées

McDowell, G., Koppes, M., Harris, L., Chan, K., Price, M., Lama, D., Jiménez, G. (In Review) Lived experiences of ‘peak water’ in the high mountains of Nepal and Peru.

McDowell, G., Harris, L., Koppes, M., Price, M., Chan, K., Lama, D (In Review) From needs to actions: Prospects for planned adaptations in high mountain communities.

Hock, R., Rasul, G., … McDowell, G., et al. (2019) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Special Report on the Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). High Mountain Areas chapter.

McDowell, G., Huggel, C., Frey, H., Wang, F., Cramer, R., Ricciardi, V. (2019) Adaptation action and research in glaciated mountain systems: Are they enough to meet the challenge of climate change? Global Environmental Change. 54: 19-30.