Dr. Helene Jacot Des Combes 2018-01-25T23:55:22+00:00

 

Dr. Helene Jacot des Combes

Teaching : EV424: Disaster Risk Management.

Tel: +679 323 3192

Fax:+679 323 2891

Email: descombe.h(at)usp.ac.fj

Job title: Lecturer in Climate Change

Job responsibilities and teaching interests:

Dr. Helene Jacot des Combes is the EV424 course coordinator

She is currently developing a proposal to offer at USP a full Post-Graduate Diploma on disaster risk management. She is also delivering guest lectures on the ocean response to climate change. Besides disaster risk management, her teaching interests cover the different aspects of ocean response to climate change, from paleo-climate reconstructions to future climate projections by coupled models. Marine ecosystems responses to climate change are also included in Dr. Jacot des Combes interests

Research Centre or Group:Dr. Helene Jacot des Combes is currently part of the Climate Change Research Cluster

Ocean response to climate change: climate change will have strong impacts n the ocean, changing its physical (temperature, currents) and chemical (salinity, ocean acidification) parameters. These changes will impact marine ecosystems, in terms of biodiversity and services rendered to Humankind.

Disaster Risk Management in the South Pacific: PICTS are vulnerable to several natural hazards. Improve the understanding of the vulnerability of communities in the region and identify prevention and mitigation measures to reduce this vulnerability. Specific area of interest is the coastal area, but the interest is more general.

Transmission of the climate change message from scientists to community: climate change information is often expressed in a scientific vocabulary and uses references sometimes not completely relevant for community members. How to make sure that the message is transmitted to and understood by the community is another scholarly interest

Pacific Public Sector linkage Program, Capacity Building on Land Tenure and Disaster Risk Management, Dr. David Mitchell, Aus AID funded project, February-December 2012. This project is a cooperation between RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) which manages the projects and the associated funds, and USP through PACE-SD. Three USP staff went to RMIT in February to get trained in land tenure issues and to prepare training material. In July, 25 participants from NDMO and Land departments of six countries took part in a one-week training
on this topic.

Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region, Hanna Sabass, GIZ-SPC project, 2012-2016. USP is a partner in this project. No direct funds are attributed to USP but the expenses are covered by GIZ. USP participates in the review of school curriculum to ensure climate change information are correct and support the development of training of teachers training material and courses.

Dr Jacot des Combes has supervised research students working on projected ocean response to climate change (chlorophyll distribution and ocean acidification) in the region.

She co-supervises students studying the impact of climate change on fisheries, and climate change impacts in the region (extreme events occurrence and ENSO and sub regional climate changes).

Other supervision prospects cover:

  • soft measures to reduce disaster risk for coastal communities.
  • Coral reefs and climate change
  • Evaluation of climate change adaptation projects

Hemstock S.L., Buliruarua L.-A., Chan ; Gloria Chan E.Y.Y., Jacot Des Combes H., Davey P., Farrell P., Griffiths S., Hansen H., Hatch T., Holloway A., Manuella-Morris T., Martin T., Renaud F.G., Ronan K., Ryan B., Szarzynski J., Shaw D., Yasukawa S., Yeung T., Murray V., 2016. Accredited qualifications for capacity development in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies 20(1). 1-19.

McNamara K.E. and Jacot Des Combes H., 2015. Planning for community relocations due to climate change in Fiji, International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, DOI:10.1007/s13753-015-0065-2

Mitchell, D., Jacot Des Combes, H., Myers, M., McEvoy, D., 2014. Addressing land issues in Disaster Risk Management in the Pacific Island Countries. UN FAO Land Tenure Journal, Vol. 1, pp. 101-135.

Jacot des Combes H., Hemstock S., Holland E., Iese V., 2014. Integrating climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction at local level: How to combine modern science and local knowledge to reduce communities’ vulnerability. Proceedings of the 2012 Regional Conference on Local Governments for Climate Change. USP press, 54-61.

Jacot Des Combes, H., Buliruarua, L. A., Hemstock, S.H., Kua, N., Marawa, T., Martin, T., and Satiki, V. (2017). Report of the P-ACP Regional Industry Standards Advisory Committee – Fiji, Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The Pacific Community (SPC).

Iese V., Paeniu L., Pouvalu S. I. F., Tuisavusavu A., Bosenaqali S., Wairiu M., Nand M., Maitava K., Jacot Des Combes H., Chute K., Apis-Overhoff L., Veisa F. and Devi A., 2016. Food Security: Best Practices from the Pacific. Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD). The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.

Buliruarua, L. A., Hemstock, S.H., Jacot Des Combes, H., Kua, N., Martin, T., Satiki, V. and Manuella-Morris, T. (2015). P-ACP Training needs and gap analysis. Reports for Fiji, Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The Pacific Community and The University of The South Pacific. (EU PacTVET – FED/2014/347-438).

Martin, T., Hemstock, S.H., Jacot Des Combes, H., Kua, N., Satiki, V., Buliruarua, L.-A., Marawa, T. (2015). P-ACP Training needs and gap analysis. Synthesis Report. European Union Pacific Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Adaptation project (EU PacTVET). The Pacific Community and The University of The South Pacific. (EU PacTVET – FED/2014/347-438).

Paeniu L, Iese V, Jacot Des Combes H, De Ramon N’Yeurt A, Korovulavula I, Koroi A, Sharma P, Hobgood N, Chung K and Devi A., 2015. Coastal Protection: Best Practices from the Pacific. Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development. (PaCE-SD). The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.

Havea P.H., Hemstock S.L., Jacot Des Combes H., Accepted. Improving health and wellbeing through climate change adaptation. In Duncan, LT (Ed.) Advances in Health and Disease, (Vol. 4). Nova Science Publisher, Hauppauge, NY.

Hemstock S.L., Jacot Des Combes H., Buliruarua L.-A., Maitava K., Senikula R., Smith R., Martin T., In Press. Professionalising the ‘resilience’ sector in the Pacific Islands Region: Formal education for capacity building. In Klepp, S. and Chavez-Rodriguez, L. (Eds) A Critical Approach to Climate Change Adaptation: Discourses, Policies and Practices. Routledge Advances in Climate Change Research, Abigdon Oxon.

Havea P.H., Hemstock S.L., Jacot Des Combes H., In Press. “God created us to stay in Tonga until we die!” Resettlement and relocation options for coastal communities. In Leal Filho, W. (Ed) Handbook of Climate Change Resilience – Towards Integrated Responses to the Causes and Impacts of Climate Change. Springer, Berlin.

Jacot Des Combes H., 2017. Science Technology Plan Pacific. In Shaw R., Lu L., Lian F. (2017): Science Technology Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction: Asian and Pacific Perspectives, ICSU and IRDR, Beijing, China, pp. 13-16.

Havea P.H., Hemstock S.L., Jacot Des Combes H., 2017. Preparing for Better Livelihoods, Health and Well-Being—A Key to Climate Change Adaptation. In Leal Filho, W. (Ed) Climate Change Adaptation in Pacific Countries: Fostering Resilience and Improving the Quality of Life. Springer, Berlin, pp. 87-99.

Hemstock S.L., Jacot Des Combes H., Martin T., Vaike L.F., Maitava K., Buliruarua L.-A., Satiki V., Kua N., Marawa T., 2017. A Case for Formal Education in the Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Sector for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Pacific Islands Region. In Leal Filho, W. (Ed) Climate Change Adaptation in Pacific Countries: Fostering Resilience and Improving the Quality of Life. Springer, Berlin, pp. 309-324.