Tēnā koutou katoa,
The national and international conversation about climate change
continues to grow in strength. And last week, the Global Commission on
Adaptation announced a Year
of Action, along with a flagship
report which finds that investing $1.8 trillion globally from
2020 to 2030 in five areas could yield $7.1 trillion in net benefits.
So what are we in the Deep South Challenge: Changing with our Climate
doing about it? Well, we've cleared some pretty significant hurdles in
the months since our last newsletter.
We have now funded a suite of research across Climate Modelling
and Observations for Model Development. Nine new projects will be
announced over the next couple of months. We congratulate all successful
researchers and look forward to the ongoing fruits of their work, which
enables us to anticipate New Zealand's future climate, in both the
shorter and longer terms.
We have released the Request
for Proposals (RfP) for our Domains research, supporting New
Zealanders to adapt, manage risk and perhaps even thrive under
climate change. We're expecting some high-impact research that will no
doubt prove as useful to New Zealand's adaptation conversation as our
Phase 1 research has been, particularly in clarifying important research,
policy and legislative gaps.
Our team continues to change and grow. We welcome Mike
Harvey (NIWA) to our Challenge Leadership Team as new
science lead of the Processes & Observations programme. We also
welcome back Partnerships Director Angela Halliday from her parental
leave. In other great news, Waverley Jones, who was covering for Angela,
is also continuing in the role - meaning we now have expanded capacity in
our Engagement team, to ensure we can maintain and grow our relationships
with partners and stakeholders.
There is much more than can be easily summarised here. Please
catch up on the highlights of our recent activity - including results of
research and of our stakeholder and community engagement - in
the items below.
He mihi o te koanga ki a koutou katoa,
Mike Williams, Director
View the Deep South Challenge Newsletter - Spring 2019 online here.