The Challenge

About the Challenge

Scientists, industry and communities must work together if society is to adapt to the changing climate.

Climate science can be complex and overwhelming, but it is the basis of understanding climate change and its impacts. Because of this, climate science is not always used effectively in planning and decision-making.

The Challenge objective

The Objective set by Cabinet for the Deep South Challenge is to understand the role of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean in determining our climate and our future environment.

Building on this Objective, the Mission was developed to guide the vision and research priorities and activities of the Challenge.

The Challenge mission

The mission of the Challenge is to enable New Zealanders to adapt, manage risk, and thrive in a changing climate.

Working with communities and industry we will bring together new research approaches to determine the impacts of a changing climate on our climate-sensitive economic sectors, infrastructure and natural resources to guide planning and policy.

This will be underpinned by improved knowledge and observations of climate processes in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica - our Deep South - and will include development of a world-class earth systems model to predict Aotearoa/New Zealand's climate.

Connecting society with science

The Challenge Mission will be achieved through a framework that connects society with scientists through five inter-linked programmes. These programmes will combine community engagement with an innovative climate prediction system - the Earth System Model - all of which will be strengthened by new observations and enhanced knowledge of processes in the Deep South region.

This diagram shows the structure through which the five programmes will work together. The three core inter-connected research Programmes will be guided by and incorporate the research and related activities from within the Vision Mātauranga and Engagement Programmes. Click on the image to expand it.

Infographic - the Deep South National Science Challenge explained. Click on the image to expand it.

Latest news and updates

DSC Seminar #2: Dr Jonny Williams and the NZ earth system model

In the second of the Deep South Challenge seminar series, Jonny will introduce us to climate and earth system modelling, show how the NZESM fits within the Deep South Challenge and discuss how the NZESM contributes to understanding our climate future.

Deep South proud to support new science journalism fund

The Deep South Challenge is proud to be supporting the new Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund - the first independent journalism fund dedicated to furthering coverage of the science-related issues that impact New Zealanders.

New $5 million support fund for quake-affected farmers

 Includes funding for projects and advice related to climate change impacts and opportunities.