About the Challenge
Scientists, industry and communities must work together if society is to adapt to the changing climate.
Climate science can be complex and overwhelming, but it is the basis of understanding climate change and its impacts. Because of this, climate science is not always used effectively in planning and decision-making.
The Challenge objective
The Objective set by Cabinet for the Deep South Challenge is to understand the role of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean in determining our climate and our future environment.
Building on this Objective, the Mission was developed to guide the vision and research priorities and activities of the Challenge.
The Challenge mission
The mission of the 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.
Connecting society with science
The Challenge Mission will be achieved through a framework that connects society with scientists through five inter-linked programmes. These programmes will combine community engagement with an innovative climate prediction system - the Earth System Model - all of which will be strengthened by new observations and enhanced knowledge of processes in the Deep South region.
Latest news and updates
One Deep South Challenge project, within the Vision Mātauranga programme, has been exploring adaptation strategies to address climate change impacts on coastal Māori communities.
A new paper published in the 2016 edition of Weather and Climate - the journal of the Meteorological Society of New Zealand - documents the purpose, challenges, next steps and future goals of the NZESM, the New Zealand Earth System Model.
Recently, Deep South Challenge modellers met with experts from meteorological and research agencies in the UK, Australia, Korea, Philippines, India, USA, South Africa and New Zealand at a NIWA-hosted technical workshop on global climate modelling.