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DSC Seminar Series | Flood management in NZ: is it fair?

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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.


"Domains" research funding round: Now open!

Be a part of the Deep South Challenge research rōpū, and help enable Aotearoa New Zealand to prepare for our changing climate.

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Housing Fit for our Future Conference: Housing, Climate Change and Energy

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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. 

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Climate Change & Business Conference 2019

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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."

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DSC Seminar | How climate models deal with ice around Antarctica

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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.

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‘Ground zero’: How will climate-driven drought impact rural communities?

New economic research co-funded by the Deep South Challenge and Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, with the support of Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, will investigate the impact of climate change-driven drought on vulnerable communities.

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Welcome to Mike Harvey, new Processes & Observations programme lead

Spring has sprung and it’s time for renewal! We’d like to welcome Mike Harvey (NIWA) to our Challenge Leadership Team (CLT), as our Processes and Observations programme lead.

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New reports highlight flood risk under climate change

Two reports released today by NIWA and the Deep South National Science Challenge reveal new information about how many New Zealanders, how many buildings and how much infrastructure could be affected by extreme river and coastal flooding from storms and sea-level rise.

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2019 NZARES Conference: Policy and Planning under Uncertainty

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The Deep South Challenge is proud to sponsor the 2019 the NZ Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (NZARES) Conference in Hamilton. The theme of the 2019 conference is “Policy and Planning under Uncertainty” and sessions include panels on climate change policy pathways and on climate adaptation.

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What the MV Rena grounding and climate adaptation have in common: Treaty of Waitangi obligations

In the aftermath of the MV Rena grounding in the Bay of Plenty, complaints were taken to the Waitangi Tribunal and the Environment Court about the way local and central government handled the disaster.