Dr. Aminur Shah is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation (CCCCA), University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). He has also worked as a Sessional Instructor (part-time contract lecturer) for two courses – Climate Coastal Science and Issues in Environmental Impact Assessment at UPEI. Before joining UPEI, he worked with the University of Glasgow as a Research Associate, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Bangladesh as a Programme Officer (Natural Resource Management), and Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS), Bangladesh as an Environmental Professional. He has also worked as a teaching assistant/sessional staff at different universities.

Dr. Shah has a multidisciplinary background in environmental science, climate change adaptation, water resources development and disaster management. His main research interests focus on vulnerability and risk assessment of social-ecological systems to natural hazards, sustainable flood risk management, sustainability assessment, climate change impacts and adaptation, community risk reduction, and nature-based solutions. Dr. Shah holds a PhD degree in sustainable flood risk management (Griffith University, Australia). He has also completed MSc in Environmental Science (UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands), MSc in Water Resources Development (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)), and  BSc in Environmental Science (Khulna University, Bangladesh).

Dr, Shah is a member of ‘Global Adaptation Mapping Initiative (GAMI)’ and IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM). He was engaged as a Contributing Author (Chapter 16) of the IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report, WGII.

Current Research

Vulnerability and risk assessment of social-ecological systems exposed to coastal flooding in Prince Edward Island

Researcher: Dr. Aminur Shah, Postdoctoral Fellow, CCCCA, UPEI

Supervisor: Dr. Xander Wang, Associate Professor, CCCCA, UPEI

Coastal flooding is affecting livelihoods and ecosystems in Prince Edward Island (PEI) regularly. Recent flood risk assessment studies mainly looked at potential exposures and damage of social elements in PEI, not considering ecological elements. A comprehensive flood risk assessment considering hazard characteristics as well as exposure and vulnerability of social and ecological systems (SES) will provide a complete understanding of coastal flood risk in PEI. This research aims to conduct a vulnerability and risk assessment of SES exposed to coastal flooding in PEI. The results of this research will help better flood risk management planning for coastal land use and infrastructure development as well as for ecologically important sites in PEI.

Further details can be found at POSTER.


Journal papers

Torhan, S., Grady, C. A., Ajibade, I., Galappaththi, E. K., Hernandez, R. R., Musah‐Surugu, J. I., … Shah, M. A. R.  & Global Adaptation Mapping Team. (2022). Tradeoffs and Synergies Across Global Climate Change Adaptations in the Food‐Energy‐Water Nexus. Earth’s Future, e2021EF002201.

Berrang-Ford, L., Siders, A. R., Lesnikowski, A., Fischer, A.P., Callaghan, M., Haddaway, N., Mach, K., Araos, M., Shah, M.A.R., … & Abu, T. Z. (2021). A systematic global stocktake of evidence on human adaptation to climate change. Nature climate change11(11), 989-1000 (DOI: 10.1038/s41558-021-01170-y).

Shah, M. A. R. et al. (2020) A review of hydro-meteorological hazard, vulnerability, and risk assessment frameworks and indicators in the context of nature-based solutions. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 50, 101728. (doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101728)

Shah, M. A. R., Rahman, A. and Chowdhury, S. H. (2020) Assessing sustainable development of flood mitigation projects using an innovative sustainability assessment framework. Sustainable Development, 28(5), pp. 1404-1417. (doi: 10.1002/sd.2094)

Kumar, P. et al. (2020) Towards an operationalisation of nature-based solutions for natural hazards. Science of the Total Environment, 731, 138855. (doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138855)

Sahani, J., Kumar, P., Debele, S., Spyrou, C., Loupis, M., Aragão, L., Porcù, F., Shah, M. A. R. and Di Sabatino, S. (2019) Hydro-meteorological risk assessment methods and management by nature-based solutions. Science of the Total Environment, 696, 133936. (doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.133936)

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