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.

Recruiting: Senior Communications Advisor for the Deep South Challenge based at NIWA

This is an exciting opportunity to apply your communications skills to a critical environmental science challenge facing the nation and be part of a highly regarded Communications team.

Global Teleconnection Operators: A method for assessing regional climate sensitivities to SST patterns

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Visiting scholar, Professor Chris Forest from the Departments of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science & Geosciences at the Pennsylvania State University will be at NIWA at Greta Point to give a lecture in how uncertainty in regional climate predictions is a critical component of understanding risks of future climate impacts.

The cascading impacts of climate change

We need to better understand the interconnections of climate change says Dr Judy Lawrence, researcher at Victoria University and leading two Deep South Challenge projects

Scenario Based Analysis of Climate Change Risk and Resilience

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As part of a Catalyst exchange program funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, we would like to invite you to join Dr Benjamin Preston, Senior Policy Researcher and Director of Infrastructure Resilience and Environmental Policy at the RAND Corporation, for a seminar presentation on the assessment of climate change impacts and, in particular, the role of socioeconomic scenarios in impact assessment.

The impacts and implications of climate change depend not only on the atmospheric response to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and changes in land cover, but also on changes in demography, economic activity and infrastructure.  As a result, mitigation and adaptation are increasingly considered together as part of an integrated, systems-response to global changes. Both mitigation and adaptation will involve changes in technology, economies, and policy that will interact – creating  considerable uncertainty and requiring researchers, policy-makers and practitioners to develop new ways to support decision-making. The “parallel scenario” process is a new development in global change research, and provides a basis for exploring climate change, its consequences and societal responses. The “parallel scenario” process brings together GHG emissions trajectories, climate modelling and shared assumptions of future socio-economic conditions.

Contact Christine Harper +64 4 382 6644 to RSVP

Bring your lunch – healthy treats provided.

Preparing New Zealand for climate change

Jamie Morton - NZ Herald 14th February 2017

Preparing New Zealand's water stores for a warmer climate is a major focus of new research projects just awarded more than $2 million.

$2 million boost for climate change impacts and implications research

The Deep South National Science Challenge today announced funding totalling approximately $2 million for five new research projects to help New Zealanders better understand their future climate.

Deep South Challenge - 2017 Contestable Funding Round

The mission of the Deep South National Science 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.

Dialogue: a path forward

The Impacts and Implications programme is funding research that will help New Zealanders manage risk, adapt and thrive in a changing climate. Part of that funding follows a fairly traditional process, with scientists applying for money to fund research they consider valuable – that funding will be allocated by the end of this summer. However, a second part of the Impacts and Implications funding follows a more collaborative process, with scientists and stakeholders engaging in a facilitated dialogue event to identify tractable research questions that are relevant to important decisions in New Zealand society.  From this process, the Deep South Challenge will then fund research to answer those questions, ideally supported by stakeholders with either in-kind contributions or co-funding.  Wilbur Townsend outlines the year ahead.