Car engulfed by wave in Auckland

The cascading impacts of climate change: New research released

New Zealanders are increasingly confronted with the obvious climate impacts like flooding, drought, heat stress and coastal flooding. We’re also now asking whether we should build sea walls or retreat to higher ground, or what we should do when insurance become unavailable for our coastal homes.

Illustration of marae community with sea-level rise

Vision Mātauranga funding round delayed until July 2019

Last last year, we indicated our plan to release a Vision Mātauranga funding round early in 2019. This funding round supports research within the Māori Domain of the Deep South Challenge: Changing with our Climate. We want to let you know that this funding round will now open in July 2019. 

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Are you our next Challenge Manager?

We're on the lookout for a new Challenge Manager! This is an exciting opportunity to apply your scientific background and management abilities to a critical challenge facing our nation.

Lucy with her kids at Pukerua Bay

“I am an optimist”: Q&A with departing Challenge Manager, Lucy Jacob

One of our key team members is wrapping up her work with us and moving on to a new challenge (this time with a lower case 'c'). Lucy Jacob, manager of the Deep South Challenge for the past two and a half years, has secured a role as Oceans Specialist with the World Wildlife Foundation. In this Q&A, we asked Lucy about her time in the Challenge and her plans for the future.

Image from our research strategy depicting our climate modelling chain

Funding round now open for climate modelling and observations

Kia hiwa rā! We're now seeking funding proposals for climate modelling and observations to support model development. This RfP builds on our Research Strategy, for projects that will begin in our second phase of research, from July 1, 2019:

Coastal erosion at Oamaru

Not my problem? Sharing the risks of sea-level rise fairly

Facing the faraway threat of sea-level rise, responses range from, “Your place, your problem!”, to “Don’t worry, the government will take care of it.” But unless we consider the issue and respond ethically, it’s very likely that the risks of sea-level rise will not be shouldered fairly.

Vintage UK tickets

Just the ticket! The Deep South Challenge contributes not one, not two, but up to four “tickets” to improve the world’s centralised global climate model

In the specialised world of New Zealand climate modelling, contributing to the Unified Model, run by the UK Met Office, is the ultimate success story.

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Drought under climate change: What do New Zealanders need to know now?

A new report by the Deep South Challenge: Changing with our Climate, explores what we need to know now, in order to adapt to the drought conditions likely under future climate change.

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Explore our research strategy, which aims to understand climate impacts and adaptation options

The Deep South Challenge is proud to share our Future Strategy for 2019–2024. This strategy builds on our first five years of research (2014–2019) and incorporates input from researchers, partners, stakeholders and advisory groups. 

Mike Williams and Lucy Jacob celebrate the news over icecream

Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Megan Woods announces further Challenge funding

Today, each of the eleven National Science Challenges learned we have been successful in securing funding for a further five years of research. The Deep South Challenge: Changing with our Climate successfully bid for $27.1M, ensuring we can deliver on our mission of supporting New Zealanders to anticipate, adapt, manage risk and thrive in a changing climate.