2019 Conference: "Changing with our Climate"

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From Monday 6 May to Wednesday 8 May, we held our conference at the Maritime Room on Auckland's waterfront. Catch up on the event here.

Keynote: Kathy Jacobs

Kathy Jacobs delivered the keynote at our 2019 conference, "Changing with our Climate." Drawing on decades of climate adaptation experience in the United States, Kathy spoke to the question of "Managing Climate Risk: The Realities of Science and Decision Making." Watch her wonderful presentation here.

Katharine Jacobs is Director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) at the University of Arizona. Kathy directed the third National Climate Assessment in the United States and served in the White House (Obama Administration) as lead advisor to the President’s Science Advisor on water policy and climate adaptation.



Panel | He wai ora: Water in our changing climate

Climate change poses huge risks for water. The Deep South Challenge has a collection of research relating to the way climate change might affect our water. But is our understanding of water and water availability integrated enough? What can we in Aotearoa New Zealand be doing better to understand water in a changing climate? Chaired by Simon Wilson of the NZ Herald, with the panelists: Hank Dunn, Te Hiku o te Ika; Lani Kereopa, Te Arawa Climate Change Working Group; Jenn Purdie, Meridian Energy; James Hughes, Tonkin + Taylor; Blair Dickie, Waikato Regional Council and MfE; Andrew Tait, NIWA.



Panel | Kei aku ringa taku āpōpō: Climate adaptation and Māori communities

Our Vision Mātauranga research projects are being recognised for the quality of their science, the integral role of community researchers in each project, and the impact this research is having for communities that are having to make very hard decisions today in light of what’s coming tomorrow. Chaired by acclaimed journalist Mihi Forbes, currently anchoring The Hui, and exploring the question of what hapū and iwi can teach the rest of the New Zealand about changing with our climate. With panellists: Aroha Spinks, Massey University; Matapura Ellison, Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki; Melanie Mark-Shadbolt, Ministry for the Environment; Ngarimu Blair, Ngāti Whatua Orakei; Sandy Morrison, University of Waikato; Shaun Awatere, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research.



Panel | Kua tārewa te mānuka: What will make us adapt to climate change?

Regardless of how quickly we reduce our carbon emissions now, a certain amount of climate change is already locked in. Research to understand climate impacts and support well-planned, timely and cost-efficient adaptation is crucial. Our Impacts and Implications research ranges from climate impacts studies to research around the ethics of sea level rise policy or the risk of insurance retreat due to increased climate risks. This panel teases out some of the core challenges of adaptation, and stretches somewhat into the future, to help us understand the signals and triggers that might cause New Zealand to pick up the pace of climate adaptation. Chaired by the Chief Editor of Stuff, Patrick Crewdson, with the panellists: Huhana Smith, Massey University;
Janet Stephenson, University of Otago; John Mauro, Auckland Council; Lisa McLaren, Generation Zero; Rob Bell, NIWA; Tim Grafton, Insurance Council.


And you can browse the programme for our Partner, Stakeholder and Researcher Day below. 



Research Days

Please find the programme for our research days (Monday and Tuesday), along with the Abstract Book, below. 

The presentations (both PowerPoint and audio files), and all posters from our Research Days are available upon request. Please email us with the specific presentation you would like to access.  


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Latest news and updates

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Working backwards to prepare for climate change

New research released by the Deep South Challenge: Changing with our Climate supports decision-makers to map out how decisions can be made now for ongoing climate change impacts, by starting with the future we wish to avoid. The research report, Supporting decision making through adaptive tools: Practice Guidance on signals and triggers, has been a multi-disciplinary and multi-institute effort, with team members from Victoria University of Wellington, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, and NIWA.

haiku over stop bank in flood

How will climate change-induced increases in extreme rainfall effect EQC liabilities?

Weather-related hazards have already cost the EQC $450 million in (inflation adjusted) payouts since the year 2000. New research by Jacob Pastor-Paz, Ilan Noy, Isabelle Sin, Abha Sood, David Fleming-Munoz and Sally Owen has found that climate change, and the expected increase in intensity and frequency of extreme weather-related events, is likely to translate into higher damages and thus an additional financial liability for the EQC.

Anne-Gaelle Ausseil

Primary industries must speed up adaptation to our changing climate

New research projects a significant seasonal shift in pasture production and changes to wine grape flowering across New Zealand under future climate conditions. Long-term adaptation strategies must be adopted at a faster pace across all primary sectors.