About us

The mission of the Deep South Challenge: Changing with our Climate is to enable New Zealanders to adapt, manage risk and thrive in a changing climate.

We know that scientists, industry and communities must work together if society is to adapt to our changing climate. Climate science can be complex and challenging, and isn’t always effectively incorporated in planning and decision making. Our challenge is unique among climate research programmes in New Zealand for the way it joins together physical science, predictive climate modelling and social science. To guide planning and policy, we're bringing together new research approaches to determine the impacts of a changing climate on our climate-sensitive economic sectors, infrastructure and natural resources. 

We’re engaging closely with central and regional government, whānau, hapū and iwi, business, infrastructure and industry. We’re collaborating with decision makers to share our research about the kinds of climate change impacts we can expect in the coming decades and centuries, and to develop the kinds of tools required to help people make decisions in the face of complex changes in the future.

Through innovative community engagement and multi-disciplinary research collaborations, our five interlinked programmes connect  scientists with society.

 

Our objective

Our objective, set by Cabinet, is to understand the role of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean in determining our climate and our future environment. Building on our objective, our mission was developed to guide our vision, research priorities and activities.

 

Our mission

Our mission is to enable New Zealanders to adapt, manage risk, and thrive in a changing climate.

 

Our governance and management structure

The following schematic outlines our governance and management structure. Māori leadership and input is included at all levels.

Deep South Challenge governance schematic. Click on the image to expand it.

 

Independent Science Panel

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

Read more about the Independent Science Panel

 

Governance Board

Our independent Board was appointed by the collaborative parties of the Deep South Challenge.

Read more about the Governance Board

 

Kāhui Māori

Our Kāhui Māori provides the Governance Board and Science Leadership Team with strategic advice and input into our science strategy and priorities, and helps with the assessment of science quality, performance and responsiveness to iwi, hapū, whānau and Māori business goals.

Read more about the Deep South Challenge's Kāhui Māori

 

Science Leadership Team

The Science Leadership Team is responsible for scoping, leading and developing of the Deep South Challenge.

Read more about the Science Leadership Team 

 

Challenge Parties

The Deep South Challenge, hosted by NIWA, is a research collaboration between the following Crown Research Institutes, universities and research providers:

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