Independent Science Panel

The Independent Science Panel provides the Board with independent science advice and input into the challenge's science strategy and priorities. It also helps with assessments of science quality and performance.

The panel is also available to the Science Leadership Team for independent advice and review.

 

Independent Science Panel members

  • Dr. David Wratt – Chair
  • Dr. Bruce Mapstone – Board Member
  • Dr. Nathan Bindoff – Processes and Observations
  • Prof. Bryan Lawrence – Earth System Modelling and Prediction
  • Dr. Francis Zwiers – Impacts and Implications
  • Prof. Linda Tuhiwai Smith – Vision Mātauranga
  • Assoc. Prof. Max Boykoff – Engagement

Latest news and updates

Creating a climate-safe Dunedin through community-driven climate action

2018 may well be the year New Zealand gets serious about adapting to our changing climate. Last year, and the start of this one, gave all of us plenty of opportunities to experience a future in which creeping sea level rise and extreme weather – from drought to flood to surprise storm surges – make day-to-day life more precarious and more expensive.

Stormwater, wastewater and climate change: Impacts on our economy, environment, culture and society

In October 2017, the Deep South Challenge released a report into the state of the nation’s storm and waste water infrastructure, in the face of a changing climate. The report garnered significant media attention – not surprising given the infrastructure is currently valued at well over $20 billion.

The Deep South Challenge awards funding to investigate climate-resilient, high-value crops for the whānau of Omaio

The whānau of Omaio in the Bay of Plenty have joined forces with NIWA researchers to explore the viability of climate-resilient, high-value crops for the rohe. The group has won a $250,000 research grant under the Vision Mātauranga programme of the Deep South National Science Challenge to better understand Omaio’s changing climate and how it might support the community to create a local economy based around a high-value product like kiwi fruit.