Independent Science Panel

The Independent Science Panel has been formed to provide the Board with independent science advice and input into the science strategy and priorities of the Deep South Challenge, as well as help with assessments of science quality and performance.

The panel will also be 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 Modeling and Prediction
  • Dr. Francis Zwiers - Impacts and Implications
  • Prof. Linda Tuhiwai Smith - Vision Mātauranga
  • Assoc. Prof. Max Boykoff - Engagement

Latest news and updates

New report highlights key research questions to help prepare for climate change

The Insurance, housing and climate adaptation report, commissioned by the Deep South National Science Challenge, highlights key research questions to help prepare coastal communities for climate change. 

The report is a collaboration between Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, Victoria University of Wellington and the Deep South Challenge and highlights issues New Zealand may face as it grapples with “increasingly severe risks” for coastal housing particularly sea level rise which is expected to exacerbate the frequency and impacts of flooding and storm surges. 

David Frame: Understanding climate risks makes us all less vulnerable

With the recent storms and floods ransacking parts of New Zealand, Professor David Frame put pen to paper to discuss floods, attribution and the power of citizen science to help us understand our climate and be more prepared.

Reaching a new generation: Jamie's World on Ice

In November last year our colleagues at Antarctica New Zealand took Kiwi YouTube and social media star Jamie Curry to Antarctica.