Rob Bell

Rob has 38 years’ experience in coastal engineering, risk from natural hazards, and the impacts of climate change on coastal communities and infrastructure.


Rob is the Programme Leader for NIWA’s Climate, Atmosphere & Hazards Centre, coordinating research and consulting activities associated with weather-related and tsunami hazards and the risks they pose. He has published papers on sea-level rise, coastal hazards (including tsunami), coastal adaptation planning and risk from natural hazards and the development of RiskScape.


Rob has been the technical lead on recent coastal road/bridge and airport infrastructure projects, coastal risk exposure reports for the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (2015), Implementation Guidance on Coastal Hazard Policies (Dept of Conservation), Lead Author of the 2017 coastal guidance for local government published by the Ministry for the Environment for planning adaptation to climate change. He is currently a Contributing Author for the IPCC Working Group II 6th assessment report on climate change impacts for Australasia.