In the coming decades, many New Zealand families and businesses will be exposed to climate change impacts such as flooding and coastal erosion. Some will be resilient but others may find the physical, social, financial or emotional aftermath difficult to recover from.
Floods are the most frequent economically damaging natural hazard in New Zealand, and climate change and sea level rise are projected to increase their intensity and frequency. People are increasingly moving into populated places with elevated flood risk, where floods damage both dwellings and primary income sources.
Assessing the Southern Ocean in a warming world and its influence on New Zealand’s climate
The ocean stores and transports heat and can release that heat into the atmosphere. Changes in ocean heat dominate the global energy budget, accounting for 93 percent of global energy change since the 1970s.
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A new report released by the the Deep South National Science Challenge, Communities and climate change: Vulnerability to rising seas and more frequent flooding, highlights key gaps in our collective understanding about how climate change will impact Aotearoa New Zealand’s diverse communities.
This workshop aims to support and develop a community of “climate ambassadors,” who can champion an informed and proactive climate adaptation agenda in research, policy, the public and private sectors and within local communities.
With Dave Frame, Belinda Storey and David Fleming
Climate change is already making day-to-day life more precarious and more expensive, both for ordinary New Zealanders and for our local and central governments. New Zealanders are increasingly interested in climate adaptation strategies. Conversations about the cost of early adaptation versus the risk of delayed action are growing in volume.
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The Deep South Challenge proudly partners with New Zealand Geographic to collate a range of high-quality climate change journalism at the New Zealand climate hub.
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