Independent Science Panel
The Independent Science Panel provides the Board with independent science advice and input into the challenge's science strategy and priorities. It also helps with assessments of science quality and performance.
The panel is also available to the Science Leadership Team for independent advice and review.
Independent Science Panel members
- Dr. David Wratt – Chair
- Dr. Bruce Mapstone – Board Member
- Dr. Nathan Bindoff – Processes and Observations
- Prof. Bryan Lawrence – Earth System Modelling and Prediction
- Dr. Francis Zwiers – Impacts and Implications
- Prof. Linda Tuhiwai Smith – Vision Mātauranga
- Assoc. Prof. Max Boykoff – Engagement
Latest news and updates
The Deep South Challenge awards funding to investigate climate-resilient, high-value crops for the whānau of Omaio
The whānau of Omaio in the Bay of Plenty have joined forces with NIWA researchers to explore the viability of climate-resilient, high-value crops for the rohe. The group has won a $250,000 research grant under the Vision Mātauranga programme of the Deep South National Science Challenge to better understand Omaio’s changing climate and how it might support the community to create a local economy based around a high-value product like kiwi fruit.
The recent Edgecumbe floods saw raw sewage floating through the streets, making the clean-up extremely challenging. Over 300 homes in the district were damaged and six months later, 240 houses are still unliveable. Flood-proofing the town itself remains a distant goal.
The Deep South Challenge announces new research into who should bear the cost of our changing climate, and when.
All over New Zealand, from Haumoana to Westport, from Edgecumbe to the Kāpiti Coast, from Dunedin to Wellington City, homeowners and businesses are starting to feel the financial effects of climate change.