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The development of a New Zealand-based Earth System Model represents a significant investment to better predict New Zealand's climate, and therefore to make more informed decisions for the future. We asked Dr Olaf Morgenstern, who leads both the Earth System Model and Prediction Programme and the “Capability” project within the Deep South Challenge, how the project has been developing.
It's been a year since climate scientist Dr Jonny Williams ventured to New Zealand to join the Deep South Challenge as part of the Earth System Modelling & Prediction team. We asked him about his work, his background and his first year in New Zealand.
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.