Prof Nigel Tapper - UCR Key Researcher

Urban climate expertise, Research Leader CRC for Water Sensitive Cities.


Nigel Tapper holds a Personal Chair in Environmental Science (a climate science specialist) at Monash University where over the last 12 years he has variously served as Head of the School of Geography and Environmental Science, Foundation Director of the Monash Sustainability Institute (a key university research institute responsible for facilitating and coordinating Monash-wide research across the key themes of climate, water, energy, biodiversity and transport), and Joint Coordinator of the Monash Atmospheric Science Program (the only ERA 5 rated atmospheric science program in Australia). Nigel was fundamentally involved in building this world-leading program over the last two decades and leads the Environmental Climatology Group (~25 staff and graduate students). Nigel is a Project Leader and key researcher in the new CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and a Director (Urban Climate) in Monash Water for Liveability. Nigel has published four books, 11 book chapters and over 130 refereed research publications and has supervised close to 30 PhD students in an academic career spanning 30 years.


Selected Publications:

Coutts, A, Beringer, J, Loughnan, M& Tapper, N(in press),’Watering our Cities: The Capacity for Water Sensitive Urban Design to Support Urban Cooling and Improve Human Thermal Comfort’, Progress in Physical Geography.

Tapper, N 2012, ’Adapting Urban Environments to Climate Change: A Case Study of Melbourne Australia’,  in Schooling for Sustainable Development: A Focus on Australia, New Zealand, and the Oceanic Region, ed M Robertson, Springer Science+Business Media BV, Berlin.

Wong, T, …Tapper, N (and 12 others) 2012,Blueprint 2012: Stormwater Management in a Water Sensitive City, Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, Clayton, Vic.

Loughnan, M, Nicholls, N, Tapper, N & Chandra, S 2011, ’Which Postcodes are Most Vulnerable to Hot Weather in Melbourne? A Spatial Analysis of Human Vulnerability to Heat Events‘,Epidemiology, 22(S1): S140.

Coutts, AM, Beringer, J& Tapper, N 2010,’Changing Urban Climate and CO2 Emissions: Implications for the Development of Policies for Sustainable Cities‘,Urban Policy and Research 28: 27–47.

Loughnan, M, Nicholls, N & Tapper, N 2009, ’When the Heat is on: Threshold Temperatures for AMI Admissions to Hospital in Melbourne, Australia‘,Journal of Applied Geography,30(1): 63–69.

Coutts, A, Beringer, J &Tapper, N 2008, ’Investigating the Climatic Impact of Urban Planning Strategies through the Use of Regional Climate Modelling: A Case Study for Melbourne, Australia’, International Journal of Climatology, 28(14): 1943–1957.

Coutts, A, Beringer, A & Tapper, N 2007, ’Impact of Increasing Urban Density on Local Climate: Spatial and Temporal Variations in the Surface Energy Balance in Melbourne, Australia’, Journal of Applied Meteorology, 47(4): 477–493.