Luke Harrington

Luke Harrington is a Senior Research Fellow at the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute. Luke’s research looks at how climate change is making extreme weather events more likely or more intense, with a particular focus on the methods used to come up with these answers.

Luke’s research in 2016 culminated in the first comprehensive attribution study of a New Zealand drought (the 2012/13 event), which has informed subsequent Treasury estimates of the cost of climate change from worsening drought impacts. Luke is now looking at better ways to understand and quantify changes in both extreme heat stress and drought over the next several decades, as well as their health and economic impacts.