Recent and ongoing drought in Auckland and Northland highlights how vulnerable New Zealand's water infrastructure is. We haven't yet hit Day Zero - as happened in South Africa when Cape Town ran out of drinking water - but the spectre of thirsty people and thirsty paddocks looms large.
In this webinar, our Vision Mātauranga programme lead, Associate Professor Sandy Morrison (University of Waikato), will be speaking about her Deep South Challenge research project Te Tai Uka a Pia. The webinar is part of a series organised by the rōpū rangahau Māori in Antarctica, which sets a wero to think about how Māori and indigenous knowledges can strengthen the global collective approach to Antarctic science, policy and governance.
Just how prepared is Aotearoa's highly valuable tourism sector for the coming impacts of climate change? The answer is similar to most sectors of New Zealand society: not nearly prepared enough. And yet, some aspects of tourism – its emphasis on place and stories of place, its connection to values such as manaakitanga, whānautanga and kaitiakitanga – provide tourism operators with a ready-made planning guide, as they consider how to climate-proof their operations.
Join us for an MPI-hosted lunchtime seminar session on Climate Change Impacts on Land Use Suitability, with Anne-Gaelle Ausseil (Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research).
DSC Seminar | What’s climate change got to do with earthquake insurance? Extreme weather and the EQC
Extreme storms are likely to become stronger, more frequent and more damaging as our climate changes. These storms can cause real harm to communities and entire regions. Increasingly damaging extreme weather events also pose long-term sustainability challenges for public risk transfer mechanisms (such as the Earthquake Commission or EQC). This seminar with Ilan Noy (Victoria University of Wellington) will provide an overview of his research into climate change and the EQC.
The Deep South Challenge is proud to be a silver sponsor of the 2019 Eco Design Advisor Conference, with its focus on the convergence of housing and climate change. The conference will look at both the contribution housing makes to climate change and how our housing needs to respond to the impact of changing climate.
New Deep South Challenge research on flood management funding shows a need for a more coordinated approach between regional councils, particularly with more storms and sea-level rise on the horizon. This seminar with Patrick Walsh (Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research) will explore council-run "flood mitigation schemes" - both their effectiveness in reducing flood damage and whether they're a fair way to manage flood risk.
The Deep South Challenge: Changing with our Climate is excited to once again be partnering with the Climate and Business Conference, "An Eye to the Future: Defining business in a climate change resilient world and exploring how to get there."
We make decisions based on what we think will happen in the future, and where climate is concerned, these decisions often involve a cost. There’s a balance between the costs involved in preparing for future change now, and the cost of being unprepared for change when it arrives. To assess this balance and prepare effectively, we need to understand how reliable the evidence from climate models is.