Friday 25th July 2014

About Us

The Australian Climate Science Coalition, which works closely with the International Climate Science Coalition, was formed by a group of professional people interested in encouraging continued scientific research into the world’s climate and in particular into the effects of increased concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We do not believe that past and current climates are sufficiently well understood to enable projections of future climate changes to be accurately predicted.  Our purpose is to exchange scientific ideas and to encourage proper political and social debate on this intriguing subject.

Scientific Advisory Panel

  • Dr John Nicol  Chairman
  • David Archibald 
  • Professor Bob Carter   
  • Dr David Evans 
  • Viv Forbes 
  • William Kininmonth 
  • John McLean 
  • Professor Cliff Ollier  
  • Professor Ian Plimer
  • Dr Walter Starck
  • Dr Tom Quirk

Dr John Nicol  Chairman
Dr. Nicol graduated from the University of Queensland in 1960 with a BSc (Hons)(physics), (Honours project in ionosperic E region drifts).     

He is a former Dean of Science at James Cook University Queensland.
From 1960 – 1965 he worked outside the direct areas of Physics pursuing an interest in rainfall distributions in Western Queensland and attempted to obtain frequencies of cycles in weather patterns with the aim of being able to predict droughts.

His recent interests include the behaviour of CO2 in relation to energy absorption and redistribution in the atmosphere.

Professor Bob Carter       
Bob Carter is a Research Professor at James Cook University (Queensland) and the University of Adelaide (South Australia).  He is a palaeontologist, stratigrapher, marine geologist and environmental scientist with more than thirty years professional experience, and holds degrees from the University of Otago (New Zealand) and the University of Cambridge (England).

Bob strives to provide critical and dispassionate analysis based upon scientific principles, demonstrated facts and knowledge of the scientific literature.
Vivian Forbes     
Viv Forbes won an Open Scholarship to the University of Queensland and obtained a degree in Applied Science.  Since graduation he has studied economics, politics, climatology and financial analysis.  He has spent his life working in exploration, mining, farming, infrastructure, financial analysis and political commentary.  He has worked for government departments, private companies and no w works as a private contractor and farmer.

He was awarded the "Australian Adam Smith Award for Services to the Free Society" in 1988, and has written widely on political, technical and economic subjects.

Dr David Evans 
Dr Evans holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering obtained from  Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1984 – 89.

His recent contracted work includes the Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO), January 2000 – April 2005 where he produced FullCAM, a 200,000 line commercial-quality Windows GUI application written in C/C++.  FullCAM is the program the Australian Government uses to calculate its land-use carbon accounts for the Kyoto protocol.  It was critical in concluding that Australia would meet its Kyoto commitments by business-as-usual throughout the economy but stopping land-clearing in Queensland.  FullCAM models forests and agricultural systems and their carbon-dioxide exchanges with the atmosphere.  See

Dr. Walter Starck
Walter Starck is one of the pioneers in the scientific investigation of coral reefs.  He grew up in the Florida Keys and received a PhD in marine science from the University of Miami in 1964.  He has over 40 years worldwide experience in reef studies and his work has encompassed the discovery of much of the basic nature of reef biology.

Dr. Starck has produced some 16 documentary films and videos.  Most have involved marine exploration including extensive underwater photography.  Others have featured the rain forest and ethnographic themes relating to island peoples, their beliefs and ways of life.  Eight of them have been for television and between them have been broadcast in over 5 0 countries.  He also wrote the book 'The Art of Under water Photography' published in 1965.

David Archibald            
David Archibald is a Perth, Australia-based scientist operating in the fields of cancer research, oil exploration and climate science.  After graduating in science at Queensland University in 1979, Mr Archibald worked in oil exploration in Sydney and then joined the financial industry as a stock analyst.  Mr Archibald has been CEO of multiple oil and mineral exploration companies operating in Australia.  He has published a number of papers on the solar influence on climate, and is a director of the Lavoisier Society, a group of Australians promoting rational science in public policy.

John McLean 
John McLean is an Information Technology specialist who has made an intense study of climate matters since 2003.  He brings skills in analysis and data processing to a data-intensive subject.  His critical review of CSIRO climate reports, published in Energy & Environment, was a first for Australia and his analysis of the peer review of the latest IPCC assessment report has been raised in the US senate.  His website contains a number of articles about climate, with emphasis on data rather than opinion.

Professor Cliff Ollier   
Prof. Ollier was born in England, and educated at Bristol University where he gained a D.Sc.
He worked at Bristol University on Economic Geology and Structural Geology.  He then studied soil science and worked for three years as a soil scientist in Uganda.

He is now an Honorary Research Scientist at the University of Western Australia.
Most of his career was built around geomorphology, so his expertise is in Earth surface processes.

Mr William Kininmonth
B.Sc (UWA), M.Sc(Colo State U), M.Admin (Monash U)

Principal Consultant, Australasian Climate Research
William Kininmonth is a consulting climatologist who worked with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology for 38 years in weather forecaster, research and applied studies.  For 12 years until 1998 he was head of its National Climate Centre.  Between 1998 and 2002, he consulted to the World Meteorological Organization, including coordinating an international review of the 1997-98 El Niño event and preparation of a WMO publication, Climate into the 21st Century (Cambridge).

William Kininmonth is author of the book, Climate Change: A Natural Hazard (Multi-Science Publishing Co, UK – 2004).

Professor Ian Plimer 
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Adelaide, S.A. 5005

Ian Plimer graduated from the University of New South Wales B.Sc. (Hons) for studies on the No 3 lens orebody, North Mine, Broken Hill.
Prof. Plimer’s current duties at The University of Adelaide are more that of an entrepreneur, promoter, inspirer of young students and staff, university public face and political lobbyist rather than that of a traditional academic.  Prof. Plimer teaches the first year geology and second year geology for engineer's courses (Science) and the first year introduction to mining engineering and second year economic and mine geology courses (Engineering).  Much of his time is spent showing state and federal politicians, international delegations, scientists, student groups and resource companies the Broken Hill orebody, the mass of rock that led to the industrialisation of Australia.         

Ian is an active participant on ministerial advisory committees and mentor to numerous PhD students.

Dr Tom Quirk               
M.Sc., D.Phil., M.A. (Oxon), SMP (Harv.).

Tom Quirk is a principal of Quirk Partners.  He has interests in venture capital, fund raising and investment management as well as business advisory work.
Tom holds an SMP degree from the Harvard Business School, Master of Science from the University of Melbourne and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford.  He spent 15 years in the U.K. and USA as an experimental research physicist, a University Lecturer and Fellow of three Oxford Colleges.  During this time he worked in the United States with colleagues at Harvard and Chicago and in Europe at Geneva and Hamburg.

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