Other key climate adaptation organisations and reports
These organisations are doing valuable work around understanding and communicating the importance of climate adaptation for New Zealand.
The National Science Challenges
The Deep South National Science Challenge is one of eleven National Science Challenges (NSCs) that focus science investment on issues that matter to all New Zealanders. While climate change and climate adaptation is relevant to each of the NSCs, some consider climate impacts explicitly. These include:
Visit the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment's website to explore some of the other Challenges.
National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (NIWA)
Information about our changing climate is critical for managing resources and reducing risks. As New Zealand's primary source of weather and climate data and projections, NIWA provides the latest climate monitoring information, publications and services including past and present climate data and potential future climate projections. Visit NIWA Climate.
Ministry for the Environment
A changing climate will affect our economy, environment and way of life. While we are uncertain about the pace and scale of future change we do know that planning for the future means planning for a different climate. New Zealand needs resilient systems able to deal with the scale and pace of change. The Ministry for the Environment provides a range of information and reports, from overviews of likely climate change impacts in New Zealand to technical guidance to support local government to preparing for climate change. Find out more here.
Climate change adaptation technical working group
This is a group of technical experts across the public and private sectors providing advice to the Climate Change Minister on options for adapting to the effects of climate change. Read the group's final 2018 recommendations on the actions New Zealand needs to take to build resilience to the effects of climate change, while growing the economy sustainably.
Climate Change Impacts & Implications
CCII (Climate Changes, Impacts & Implications) provided targeted research project to update and improve projections of climate trends, variability and extremes across New Zealand out to 2100, based on the latest global projections. It generated new knowledge about the potential impacts of climate change and variability on New Zealand’s environment, including our natural ecosystems and native species, and the impacts on the many productive activities which depend on the environment and enable continued growth and prosperity. Some Deep South Challenge projects are building on the work of CCII, which concluded in September 2016.
Visit the website of Climate Change Impacts & Implications (CCII). Three CCII-generated reports are available below:
Sustainable Land Management & Climate Change Research Programme (MPI)
The Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) Research Programme helps the agriculture and forestry sectors with the challenges arising from climate change. Learn about the projects the programme supports and its priorities at the MPI website here.
Motu Economic and Public Policy Research
Motu Economic and Public Policy Research is New Zealand’s leading non-profit economic and public policy research institute. They are a fully independent charitable trust, whose reputation is based on our high quality research work that is not compromised by any expressed ideology or political position. Motu examines levers for a range of social issues from human rights to climate change. Visit their website: Motu - Climate Change Impacts.
Royal Society - Climate Change Implications for New Zealand
The Royal Society of New Zealand have produced several reports outlining climate change implications for New Zealand over the next several decades. Visit the Royal Society of New Zealand to find out more.
Latest news and updates
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.
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.
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.