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Dr Alexandre Gagnon is a Geographer by training with expertise in Climatology. He completed an undergraduate degree in Environmental Geography at Concordia University, a M.Sc. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, and then did a PhD in Physical Geography at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the University of the West of Scotland, Dr Gagnon held postdoctoral and fellowship positions at the Environmental Research Institute of the University of the Highlands and Islands, in Geography at the University of Liverpool, and at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California, San Diego.


Dr Gagnon’s research interests range from understanding the temporal and spatial patterns of climate variability to vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. His research aims to understand climate change and variability and their impacts on society, and he is particularly interested in connections between climate and hydrology, notably on the impacts of climate change on water resources. He is also interested in climate impacts and vulnerability research in different geographical regions and sectors of society with the aim of informing adaptation decision-making. More recently, his research has expanded to the applications of GIS and remote sensing in vulnerability research and Hydrology.


Dr Gagnon is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Meteorological Society, and is also co-leader of the Transformations in Society and Environmental Policy theme of the Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES), a pooling initiative co-funded by the Scottish Funding Council.

External positions

Mentor, Royal Meteorological Society

2016 → …

Theme leader, Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

2013 → …


  • G Geography (General)
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • GB Physical geography

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Research Output 2001 2019

Increasing the resilience of cultural heritage to climate change through the application of a learning strategy

Sesana, E., Bertolin, C., Loli, A., Gagnon, A. S., Hughes, J. & Leissner, J. 21 Feb 2019 Transdisciplinary Multispectral Modeling and Cooperation for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage: Communications in Computer and Information Science. Moropoulou , A., Korres, M., Georgopoulos, A., Spyrakos, C. & Mouzakis , C. (eds.). Cham: Springer Nature Switzerland AG, Vol. 961, p. 402-423 22 p. (Communications in Computer and Information Science; vol. 961)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
cultural heritage
climate change
Cultural Heritage

Adapting cultural heritage to climate change risks: perspectives of cultural heritage experts in Europe

Sesana, E., Gagnon, A. S., Bertolin, C. & Hughes, J. 14 Aug 2018 In : Geosciences. 8, 23 p., 305

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
cultural heritage
climate change
severe weather

Evaluating ENSO teleconnections using observations and CMIP5 models

Roy, I., Gagnon, A. S. & Siingh, D. 21 Jun 2018 In : Theoretical and Applied Climatology. p. 1-14

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
El Nino-Southern Oscillation
sea surface temperature

Transformation in a changing climate: a research agenda

Fazey, I. , Moug, P. , Allen, S. , Beckmann, K. , Blackwood, D. , Bonaventura, M. , Burnett, K. , Danson, M. , Falconer, R. , Gagnon, A. , Harkness, R. , Hodgson, A. , Holm, L. , Irvine, K. N. , Low, R. , Lyon, C. , Moss, A. , Moran, C. , Naylor, L. , O'Brien, K. & 4 others Russell, S., Skerratt, S., Williams, J. & Wolstenholme, R. 9 Apr 2017 In : Climate and Development.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
social science and humanities
social science
social justice

Vulnerability and adaptation of cultural heritage to climate change: case studies in UNESCO heritage sites in Scotland and Italy

Sesana, E., Gagnon, A. & Hughes, J. 5 Jun 2017 (Submitted) p. 118-118 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

cultural heritage
climate change


Best published paper in a peer-reviewed journal in 2016-2017

Sibonakaliso Mpala (Recipient) & Alexandre Gagnon (Recipient), 16 Nov 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

remote sensing

Activities 2015 2018

Workshop on vulnerability and adaptation of cultural heritage to climate change

Sesana, E. (Organiser), Gagnon, A. (Member of programme committee), Hughes, J. (Member of programme committee)
22 Mar 2018

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

University of Aveiro

Hughes, J. (Visiting researcher), Gagnon, A. (Visiting researcher)
17 Jan 2017

Activity: Visiting an external academic institution

Frontiers of Engineering for Development. Symposium 4: Data, Knowledge Economy and Agriculture

Gagnon, A. (Invited speaker)
3 Dec 20176 Dec 2017

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Reception celebrating the UK's Science and Innovation partnerships In Africa

Gagnon, A. (Examiner)
5 Dec 2017

Activity: Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition


Isotein Ikiroma-Owiye

Susan Kabwe

Roslyn McIntosh

remote sensing

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