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2015 Events

Seminar:  17 November 2015

Speaker: Professor Jonathan Boston, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington

Title: Governing for the future: Assessing the constitutional, institutional and policy options to protect the interests of future generations

Resources:

Seminar Flyer (PDF 236KB)

Presentation slides (PDF 145KB)

Recording

Seminar:  22 October 2015

Speaker: Nigel Taptiklis, Senior Policy Advisor, Wellington City Council

Title: Bridging the Implementation Gap

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Seminar Flyer (PDF 238KB)

Presentation slides (PDF 6934KB)

Seminar: 20 August 2015

Speaker: Dr Abha Sood, NIWA Climate Scientist, Climate Variability Group, Greta Point, Wellington

Title: New Zealand’s changing climate Where are we heading in the next 100 years?

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Seminar Flyer (PDF 237KB)

Seminar: 6 August 2015

Speaker: Judy Lawrence Adjunct Research Fellow, NZCCRI

Title: Flexible decision making for uncertainty and dynamic climate change: a New Zealand/Netherlands decision ‘experiment’

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Seminar Flyer (PDF 479KB)

Presentation slides (PDF 3457KB)

Free Public Screening: 17 June 2015

Title: "Recipes for Disaster" by John Webster

Q & A round with Prof. James Renwick, Chairman of the Royal Society NZ Climate Expert Panel

Moderator: Dr. Dave Lowe

Flyer (PDF 529KB)

Seminar: 5 May 2015

Speaker: Emeritus Professor Mary Ritter, Imperial College London

Title: Climate-KIC: innovating for a low carbon economy and climate resilience

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Seminar: 17 February 2015

Public Seminar co-hosted by Motu, the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre and the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute

Speaker: Stephane De Cara, French National Institute for Agricultural Research, and Andy Reisinger, New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre

Title: Mitigation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture: Potential, Abatement Costs, and Implications for the Cost-Effectiveness of Policy Instruments

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Seminar Flyer (PDF 182KB)

Seminar: 10 February 2015

Speaker: Professor Warren E. Walker, faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology

Title: Dynamic Adaptive Policymaking: An Approach to Planning Under Deep Uncertainty

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Seminar Flyer (PDF 248KB)

Presentation slides (PDF 902KB)

Seminar: 15 January 2015

Speaker: Dr Manoj Joshi, School of Environmental Science, University of East Anglia, UK

Title: Astrobiology, habitability, and the climates of planets orbiting red dwarf stars

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Seminar Flyer (PDF 44KB)

2014 Events

Seminar: 9 December 2014

Speaker: Prof Martin Manning, NZ Climate Change Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington

Title: New Questions about Methane and its Global Warming Potential are becoming Relevant for Policy

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Seminar Flyer (PDF 235KB)

Presentation slides (PDF 2,314KB)

Recording

Seminar: 17 November 2014

Speaker: Dr Charlie Wilson, University of East Anglia

Title: Validating Model Analysis of Climate Change Mitigation

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Seminar Flyer (PDF 127KB)

Seminar: 15th -16th October 2014

Speaker: Professor Bruce Glavovic, School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University

Title: NZCCRI Seminar Series: Adapting to Climate Change: Lessons from Natural Hazards Planning

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Seminar Flyer (PDF 222KB)

Seminar: 30th September 2014

Speaker: Gerri Ward

Title: Z’s sustainability journey – moving from being part of the problem to the heart of the solution

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Seminar Flyer (PDF 308KB)

Seminar: 5th August 2014

Speaker: Dr Sam Dean, NIWA

Title: Breaking the ice: storm-induced sea-ice breakup and the implications for ice extent

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Seminar Flyer (PDF 189 KB)

Seminar: 9th July 2014

Speaker: Dr Kelli Archie, Lecturer, NZ Climate Change Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington

Title: Climate Change Adaptation in the Central Rocky Mountains: Differences between National and Municipal Policy Responses

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Seminar Flyer (PDF 259 KB)

6 January - 23 February 2014 – Summer Course
SCIE 401: Climate Science and Decision Making

Interested in the connections between climate science, economics, and policy?
Want to look at climate change through different disciplinary lenses?
Want to be challenged on your understanding of climate change?

SCIE401: Climate Science and Decision-making is being offered as an intense 5-week course (2 classes per week) in January - February 2014. Led by the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University, this course explores the science, economics, international negotiations of climate change.

SCIE401 features lectures, tutorials, and workshops with Professor Dave Frame (Professor of Climate Change Research), Dr Adrian Macey (New Zealand's first Climate Change Ambassador and former chair of the UNFCC Kyoto Protocol Negotiations) and visiting international speakers.

SCIE 401 is offered as a for-credit post-graduate course (15 points) at 400-level, and as a Professional/ Executive Development option that is particularly suited to stakeholders and professionals in the climate sector.

For more information, or to discuss your suitability, please see the attached flyer, or contact Rhian.Salmon@vuw.ac.nz

Seminar: 18th February 2014

Speaker: Prof. Steve Sherwood, Climate Change Research Centre, University of New South Wales

Title: Recent progress in understanding cloud feedbacks on global climate

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Seminar Flyer (PDF, 119 KB)

Seminar: 29th January 2014

Speaker: Speaker: Dr Nina Hall, Post Doctoral Fellow in Global Governance, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

Title: Jumping on the climate change bandwagon? Explaining variation in inter-governmental organisation behaviour

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Seminar Flyer (PDF, 181 KB)

Presentation slides (PDF, 142 KB)

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2013 Events

Seminar: 6th December 2013

Speaker: Dr Karianne de Bruin, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo (CICERO), Oslo, Norway

Title: Costs and benefits of adapting to climate change; the case of spatial planning and coastal flood protection in the Netherlands

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Seminar Flyer (PDF, 218 KB)

Presentation slides (PDF, 643 KB)

Seminar: 4th December 2013

Speaker: Dr Karianne de Bruin, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo (CICERO), Oslo, Norway

Title: Ranking climate change adaptation options through multi-criteria analysis

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Seminar Flyer (PDF, 218 KB)

Presentation slides (PDF, 621 KB)

Seminar: 20th November 2013

Speaker: Dr Grant Deane, Oceanographer, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

Title: Parameterizing Aerosol Production and Gas Exchange in Wind-Driven Seas

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Seminar Flyer (PDF, 177KB)

Seminar: 26th September 2013

Speaker: Emma Fordyce

Title: Groundwater in South Dunedin and the potential impacts of future climate change

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Seminar Flyer (PDF, 335 KB)

24 April 2013 - Symposium on climate change research at Victoria University of Wellington (internal event)

Dave Frame introduces the morning session

Dave Frame introduces the morning session

Around 50 participants attended the internal symposium on climate change research at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) on 24 April 2013.

The Climate Change Research Institute had invited staff from VUW to the symposium in preparation for the New Zealand Climate Change Conference taking place in Palmerston North on 4-5 June 2013 (www.nzcccconference.org/home) and focusing on:

  1. The Physical Science
  2. Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation
  3. Mitigation and
  4. Integration and Cross-cutting issues.

The aim of the VUW symposium was to meet and network with colleagues working in climate change research across all schools and disciplines, providing researchers with a better understanding of capacity at VUW in this area prior to the conference in June.

The morning session started off with round-table introductions followed by presentations about the climate change related research carried out in the Schools of Architecture, Psychology, Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences and Government. The afternoon discussion focused on possibilities to facilitate networks and opportunities for collaborative research. This will lead to future work around Risks and Opportunities, Communication, and Network mapping.

Chris Cameron

Chris Cameron

VUW participants came from the following Schools: Government, Architecture, Psychology, Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemical and Physical Sciences, Languages and Cultures, and Management.

Additionally, a number of external organisations were represented, such as GNS Science, NIWA, Massey University, Motu Economic & Policy Research, Wellington City Council, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Tawa College and several NGOs (OraTaiao – The New Zealand Climate & Health Council, Response Trust, Morgan Foundation).

12 March 2013 – Inaugural Lecture Prof David Frame
Title: Climate science and future climate governance

Professor Pat Walsh, Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington, invites you to the Inaugural Professorial Lecture to be given by David Frame, Professor of Climate Change.

The international governance of climate change is about to enter a new era. The design of a post-2020 climate agreement will need to avoid the chronic weaknesses that undermined the Kyoto Protocol, but will also have to grapple with the emergence of inevitable tensions between different parts of the developing world.

To create an effective regime, considerable innovation will be required. Professor Frame’s inaugural lecture will discuss and evaluate some recent suggestions and international initiatives aimed at limiting climate change.

Recording

21 January-17 February 2013 – Summer Course
SCIE 401: Climate Science and Decision Making

What are we doing about climate change?

Join the experts this summer and explore climate science, economic responses, and international policy negotiations going on now in response to the world’s changing climate.

This intense summer course is taught by experts in physics, economics and public policy: Professor Dave Frame, Director of New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute; Dr Suzi Kerr, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research; and Dr Adrian Macey, former chair of Kyoto Protocol negotiations.

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2012 Events

Seminar: 17th December 2012

Speaker: Professor Denise L. Mauzerall, Professor of Environmental Engineering and International Affairs Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University

Title: A post-Kyoto partner: Considering the stratospheric ozone regime as a tool to manage nitrous oxide

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Seminar Flyer (PDF, 224 KB)

Seminar: 20th September 2012

Speaker: Prof. Jean Palutikof,  Director of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility at Griffith University

Title: Flood, famine and dangerous weather: What can the past tell us about adapting to future climate change?

Resources:

Seminar Flyer (PDF, 232 KB)

Seminar slides (PDF, 2.2 MB)

Recording

Seminar: 6th September 2012

Speaker: Dr. Sven Rannow, Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development, Germany

Title: From impact assessment to desicion making - Experiences from the adaptation to climate change in Germany

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Seminar Flyer (PDF, 254 KB)

Presentation slides (PDF, 5.9 MB)

Seminar: 30th August 2012

Speaker: Prof Dave Frame, the Director of the Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington

Title: Greenhouse gas metrics: a guide for the perplexed

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Seminar Flyer (PDF, 263 KB)

Presentation slides (PDF, 1MB)

Recording

Seminar: 26th July 2012

Speaker: Mark Cooper, Visiting Researcher, Climate Change Research Institute

Title: Knowledge Matters: The tangle of science, politics, and policy for climate change

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Seminar: 28th June 2012

Speaker: Dr. Jim Renwick, Associate Professor, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington

Title: Progress in climate science since the 2007 IPCC Assessment Report

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Seminar: 24th May 2012

Speaker: Laurel Evans, Visiting Scholar at Victoria Universlty Department of Psychology

Title: The time-scale and magnitude of sea level rise: influences of framing on perceptions of risk

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Seminar: 11th April 2012

Title: Leviathan in the greenhouse: can we solve climate change without extending the state?

Speaker: Myles Allen, head of the Climate Dynamics group at the University of Oxford's Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics Department

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Seminar: 26th March 2012

Title: Unilateral Climate Policy in Europe - competitiveness concerns and policy options

Speaker: Andreas Loschel, University of Hidelberg

Seminar co-hosted with the Institute of Policy Studies more information

IPCC Working Group 3 meeting: 19th - 23rd March 2012

Victoria University’s Climate Change Research Institute (NZCCRI) coordinated a recent meeting of authors working on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, due out in 2014.

Over two hundred people from fifty different countries or territories converged on Wellington for five days of intense work on their contribution to the report. The purpose of the closed meeting was to allow the authors to make significant progress on their Assessment with their colleagues from around the world. However, some of the authors were able to share their expertise through events set up by NZCCRI and others such as Motu. Those who benefitted included parliamentarians, government officials from Treasury, Foreign Affairs and Trade, Economic Development, NZTA, Ministry for the Environment, the Earthquake Commission, Victoria University staff and the public.

Co-chair of the working group, Professor Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer, deemed the meeting a great success, saying “The discussions in New Zealand were lively and productive. I do not only ascribe this to the great expertise and commitment of our author teams, but also to the most qualified local organization as well as the excellent facilities provided by our hosts."

Seminar: 15th March 2012

Title: Climate change and development - helpfully distant neighbours?

Speaker: Professor Dave Frame

Inaugural talk in the Geography, Environment and Development Seminar Series

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Seminar: 23rd February 2012

Title: Development of Earth System Models and Application to Climate Change

Speaker: Ron Prinn, Director, Center for Global Change Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Seminar: 17th February 2012

Title: Climate change: the Durban deal - views from inside the negotiations

Speaker: Adrian Macey

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Seminar co-hosted with the Institute of Policy Studies

Seminar: Wednesday 15th February 2012

Title: Reasoning about Catastrophic Climate Risks

Speaker: Antony Millner, Ciriacy-Wantrup postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley

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Seminar: Tuesday 14th February 2012

Title: Ambiguity and Climate Policy

Speaker: Antony Millner, Ciriacy-Wantrup postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley

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2011 Events

Book Launch: 20th December 2011

"Climate Future: Pathways for Society"

In March we held the Climate Futures Forum to launch an ongoing conversation across society and generations on pathways to different climate futures. The material from the Forum has now been complied into a book edited by Judy Lawrence, Alana Cornforth and Peter Barrett.

Seminar: 13th December 2011, 12.30-1.30pm

Title: Australian Perspective on Climate Change Adaptation

Venue: Government Buildings Lecture Theatre 1

Speaker: Professor Tim Smith is the Director of the Sustainability Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia.

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Seminar: 6th December 2011, 12.30-1.30pm

Title: Solar radiation management through stratospheric aerosol enhancement

Venue: Government Buildings Lecture Theatre 1

Speaker: Greg Bodeker specialises in stratospheric and climate research, leads two international research programmes in this field, and is an adjunct professor at the Climate Change Research Institute.

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Seminar: 24th November 2011, 12.30-1.30pm

Title: Glaciers and Ice Sheets in a Warming World

Venue: Government Buildings Lecture Theatre 1

Speaker: Andrew Mackintosh leads the glacial modelling group in the Antarctic Research Centre at VUW School of Geography, Environment, and Earth Sciences.

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Seminar: 1st November 2011, 4.30 - 6.30pm

Title: Preparing for White Swans: Climate Change and Opportunities for the Economy

Venue: Hunter Council Chamber, Hunter Building, Kelburn Parade

Speakers: Dr Jim Salinger, a leading international climate change scientist, will speak on the latest information on climate change science and its impacts on industries and communities in the New Zealand and local context.

Professor of Trade and Economics Caroline Saunders will speak on what all this means for agricultural trade, carbon foot-printing and the business opportunities in a changing world.

Esteemed financial journalist Rod Oram will talk on emissions trading and compare New Zealand's climate change targets with our trading partners' targets, and what this means for trade.

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Seminar: 26th October 2011 5.30-7pm

Title: Climate Change and the End of Exponential Growth

Venue: Government Buildings Lecture Theatre 1

Speaker: Pieter Tans is from the Earth System Research Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, Colorado

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Seminar: 6th October 2011 12-1pm

Title: Assessing Scientific Knowledge about Climate Change

Speaker: Professor David Wratt

Venue: Kelburn Campus, Cotton 304

Speaker: Professor David Wratt, Chief Scientist, Climate, at New Zealand's National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research, Director of the New Zealand Climate Change Centre, and an Adjunct Professor in the Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University.

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Seminar: 15th September 2011

Title: Climate Change: The Long View

Speaker: Professor Tim Naish, Director Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, Principal Scientist, GNS Science

Professor Tim Naish obtained a DPhil in 1996 from the University of Waikato for a study of climate and sea level change recorded in strata deposited over the last 4 million years in the Wanganui Basin, creating international interest in this remarkable record of glacial-interglacial cycles. He took a position with GNS Science in 1998 and joined the Cape Roberts Project, which cored older strata off the coast of Antarctica with similar record of climate and sea level cyclicity. In 2006 he led the ANDRILL project, recovering the first Antarctic record of the climate and ice sheet behaviour over the last few million years. He is currently a lead author for the Palaeoclimate chapter of the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report.

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Seminar: 11th August 2011

Title: The Meridian First Light House - Victoria University's entry in the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Speakers: Eli Nuttall and Ben Jagersma from Victoria University of Wellington School of Architecture.

Ben Jagersma is originally from Taranaki, and Eli Nuttall from Gisborne. Both graduated with honours degrees in Architecture from Victoria University in 2010 and are currently studying towards Masters in Architecture. Eli is coordinating the architectural effort for the First Light House. Ben, who coordinates the services (water, electricity, mechanical & data) has been working on optimizing the performance of the house by finding ways in which they can reduce the energy consumed within.

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Seminar: 5th August 2011

Title: The Future of the Commons

Speaker: Professor Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences. Professor Ostrom is the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Economics. Her research on the commons "has challenged the conventional wisdom that common property is poorly managed and should be either regulated by central authorities or privatized" (The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences). She is based at Indiana University Bloomington.

The seminar was organised as part of the Now Future Dialogues with Tomorrow 2011 Series, with responses from Rod Oram, business journalist and Trustee of The Hikurangi Foundation, and Aroha Te Pareake Mead, global Chair of the IUCN Commission on Environment, Economics and Social Policy, and a Senior Lecturer in Maori Business, Victoria Management School.

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We regret the recording of this event is not available due to a technical failure. The links below are a good introduction to her views and thinking on the future of the commons.

Seminar: 15th July 2011

Title: The Russian Heatwave and other recent Climate Extremes

Speaker: Kevin Trenberth is from New Zealand and obtained his Sc.D. in meteorology in 1972 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He was a lead author of the 1995, 2001 and 2007 Scientific Assessments of Climate Change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and shared their 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.  He has also played a major role in the World Climate

Research Programme (WCRP) and chairs the Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX) scientific steering group. Kevin is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, and an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. In 2000 he received the Jule G. Charney award from the

AMS and in 2003 was given the NCAR Distinguished Achievement Award. He edited a 788 page book, Climate System Modeling, published in 1992 and has produced over 470 scientific articles and papers, including 47 books or book chapters, and over 206 refereed journal articles. He is one of the top 20

authors with the highest number of citations in geophysics.

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Seminar: 10 June 2011

Title: Adaptive Governance: The Challenges of Climate Change and Planetary Limits, and the Implications for Policy Research

Speaker: Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds is a Visiting Scientist working on climate change and sustainability issues at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and an Adjunct Professor at the Crawford School of Economics and Public Policy, Australian National University (ANU).

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Lecture: 16 May 2011

Title: Human-Made Climate Change: A Moral, Political and Legal Issue (co-hosted with the Institute of Policy Studies)

Speaker: James Hansen

Download or listen to the Mediasite presentation on the IPS website. You can also download the papers from the Symposium on Coal which James Hansen spoke at the next day.

Listen to Kim Hill's interview with James Hansen.

Seminar: 9 May 2011

Title: Resilient Canterbury

Speaker: Professor Bruce Glavovic, Professor in Natural Hazards Planning, Resource and Environmental Planning Programme, Massey University

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Climate Futures: pathways for society Forum March 31 - April 1 2011

In March 2011 CCRI held the Climate Futures Forum to launch an ongoing conversation across society and generations on pathways to different climate futures.

Seminar: 5 April 2011

Title: Global views on Climate Change and Energy

Speakers: Professor David Bibby, Dean of Science, VUW and Professor Eric Martinot, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Japan.

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2010 Events

Seminar: Friday 17 September 2010

Title: A growing need for links between society, policy and research on climate change

Speaker: Professor Martin Manning, Climate Change Research Institute, VUW

To those of us who are climate scientists, the last few years seem to have shown that some aspects of our climate are starting to change either faster or by more than we had expected. At the same time, the media are often portraying a society with increasing dubiousness about this science, while policymakers seem to be faced with increasing inertia for establishing any significant collective response. There is increasing recognition that we do have to adapt in a changing world, but is our environment now moving more rapidly than humanity can?

Dr Martin Manning is the Inaugural Director of the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University. He has worked as a Theoretical Nuclear Physicist in Canada, the UK and New Zealand, but became progressively involved in atmospheric and climate change science from 1980 onward. He led research programs in NIWA covering atmospheric chemistry and the carbon cycle and represented New Zealand on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Resources: A growing need for links between society, policy and research on climate change: Power point presentation.

Seminar: Thursday, 19 August 2010

Title: Dynamics and Climate Policy: Inside the Climate Kaleidoscope

Speaker: Dr David Frame, Deputy Director, Smith School of Enterprise and Environment, University of Oxford

The detail of how current climate science is presented plays a very strong framing role within current climate mitigation policy. Usually, a few key assumptions regarding the intercomparison of gases, treatment of aerosols or the choice of a particular long-term target can make the problem look more or less acute. This seminar looks at the relationship between science and policy framing, and also introduces the "cumulative emissions" approach, based on a series of recent papers.

David holds a PhD in physics and a Bachelors degree in philosophy and physics from the University of Canterbury. He spent two years working in the New Zealand Treasury followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Reading. In 2002 David moved to the Climate Dynamics group in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics, at the University of Oxford, where he was project coordinator & Lead scientist on BBC Climate Change Experiment. His current research has two main strands: understanding the capabilities and limits of environmental models, and bridging the divide between climate science and climate policy.

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Seminar: Tuesday 27 July 2010

Title: Climate Ethics, Climate Justice

Speaker: Professor Raymond Pierrehumbert - Louis Block Professor in Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago

We are in the midst of serious discussions on future changes of the Earth's climate and their relation to human activities. While the earth shares just one climate, human activities potentially affecting the climate are governed by individuals, corporations and nations. The talk investigates our understanding of global climate change and the role of human activities in this field. Based on the present assessment of climate change, potential actions and the responsibilities for them will be discussed.

Professor Raymond Pierrehumbert is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and has been named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the Republic of France. His current central interest is in approaching climate as a global system with a focus on the Earth's relative humidity distribution, which is the key to many climate change problems. He is well known in climate science circles for his contributions to www.realclimate.org, which includes a thorough castigation of economics colleague Stephen Levitt (author of “Superfreakonomics”) for his treatment of carbon emissions. His 2006 article “Climate change: A catastrophe in slow-motion” in the Chicago Journal of International Law provides a good background for the talk and can be downloaded from his website.

Lectures: 19 - 23 April 2010

Title: 2010 Noble Lectures - "New Worlds, New Climates"

Speaker: Professor Pierrehumbert at the University of Toronto, focussing on the climate of physical atmospheres.

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Seminar: Monday 26 July 2010

Title: Cleantech: Transforming our economy to low carbon and high value

Speaker: Chris Mulcare, Investment Manager, Clean Technology Investment New Zealand , NZ Trade and Enterprise

This presentation provided a high level overview of a possible pathway to simultaneous emissions reduction and prosperity for New Zealand. It took a close look at the opportunities to transform our economy into a low carbon high value one. Chris Mulcare is helping to introduce offshore investors and strategic partners to New Zealand companies that are developing clean technologies or projects. This is attracting “greenfield cleantech” ventures to New Zealand.

Chris has over 20 years experience in engineering, project management and commercial/ marketing roles within industry as well as experience in technology commercialisation.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and materials) from Auckland University, Chris worked in the water, process, and environmental sectors in New Zealand, Australia, UK and Middle East. This was followed by six years working on process design for major North Sea oil and gas projects with UK Contractor Brown and Root. Upon returning to New Zealand, Chris worked for APS Chemicals (now part of Nuplex) in sales and marketing and was responsible for the successful launch of the lead replacement additive Valvemaster when New Zealand moved to unleaded petrol. Chris left APS to establish an early stage technology commercialisation business and manage a technology start‐up company. He undertook a consultancy contract with Investment New Zealand in December 2007 to scope out cleantech activity and capability within New Zealand and then joined Investment New Zealand full‐time in January 2009. In addition to supporting cleantech investment, Chris has been investigating wider issues and opportunities for development and so promoting an economic vision for New Zealand called the “Clean Economy” that is based on sustainable, high value, low carbon exports.

Seminar: Friday 23 July 2010

Title: Atmospheric carbon dioxide observations and climate change on local to global scales

Speaker: Dr Britton Stephens, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Wellington

Resources: Atmospheric carbon dioxide observations and climate change on local to global scales: Power point presentation.

Seminar: Wednesday 2 June 2010

Title: California Adaptive Climate Change Policy - The Importance of regional biodiversity in an age of climate disturbance

Speaker: Dr. Mike McGinnis, Senior Research Associate, Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington

Resources: California Adaptive Climate Change Policy - The importance of regional biodiversity in an age of climate disturbance: Power point presentation.

Seminar: Wednesday 5 May 2010

Title: 'Atmospheric Measurement of Greenhouse Gases as Tools to Understand the Earth and Climate Systems or The Interconnectedness of Terry Pratchett, Wyatt Earp, Cinderella, Ostriches, Tobacco, Coca Cola, Socks and Jonah Lomu.'

Speaker: Andrew Manning, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia (UEA), England

Resources: 'Atmospheric Measurement of Greenhouse Gases as Tools to Understand the Earth and Climate Systems or The Interconnectedness of Terry Pratchett, Wyatt Earp, Cinderella, Ostriches, Tobacco, Coca Cola, Socks and Jonah Lomu': Presentation via our mediasite.

Seminar: Friday 9 April 2010

Title: The True Consequences of Bioenergy for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Speaker: Timothy Searchinger, Princeton Univerity

Resources: The True Consequences of Bioenergy for Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Presentation via our mediasite.

Seminar: Thursday 8 April 2010

Title: Technology is the solution to climate change - or is it people?

Speaker: Ralph Sims, Massey University

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Seminar: Friday 19 March 2010

Title: Fractured Science and the Politics of Climate Change

Speaker: Dr. Barry Smit, Professor of Geography, Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Change, University of Guelph

Resources: Fractured Science and the Politics of Climate Change: Presentation via our mediasite.

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2009 Events

Book Launch: Wednesday 18 November 2009

Title: 'Climate Change 101: An Educational Resource' by Andy Reisinger

Professor Neil Quigley, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) will speak at the launch and light refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of proceedings.

Climate change is widely recognised as the most important issue now facing humanity. Proposals to reduce emissions or to adapt proactively to future climate changes often result in intense public debate about the urgency, feasibility, and cost, as well as the appropriate balance, of responses to climate change. A better and much broader understanding of the causes and effects of climate change, together with the options for mitigation and adaptation at the global scale, is critical for such societal discussions to be fruitful. Climate Change 101 – An Educational Resource provides a clear, succinct, and measured summary of our current knowledge of climate change, its potential impacts, and the scope for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to inevitable changes.

Seminar: Tuesday 24 November 2009

Title: Climate Change: How do we Deal with Complex Science and Growing Urgency?

Speakers: Peter Barrett & Martin Manning, NZCCRI

Seminar: Thursday 15 October 2009

Title: Market Issues from Climate Change: Carbon Footprints, Life Cycle Analysis and Food Miles

Speaker: Caroline Saunders, Agribusiness and Economics Research, Lincoln University, Christchurch

Resources: Market Issues from Climate Change: Carbon Footprints, Life Cycle Analysis and Food Milespower: Power point presentation

The Next Steps for Living with Climate Change - CCRI and the Wellington City Council Conference

This meeting provided four summaries of some of the latest developments in climate change science relevant to New Zealand and covers why this area is becoming increasingly serious. The concluding discussion, led by Chris Cameron from the Wellington City Council, discussed the linkages between studies of the physical, environmental and socio-economic effects of climate change and the management of appropriate responses in local government and central government.

Speakers:

  • David Wratt, NIWA
  • Martin Manning, VUW Climate Change Research Institute
  • Andy Reisinger, VUW Climate Change Research Institute
  • Judy Lawrence, Senior Associate Climate Change Research Institute, VUW and PSConsulting Ltd.
  • Chris Cameron, Wellington City Council with comments by Warren Gray, MfE, and other experts (discussion)

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Seminar: Thursday 8 October 2009

Title: Climate: Changes, Causes and Consequences

Speaker: David Wratt

Resources: Climate: Changes, Causes and Consequences: Presentation via our mediasite.

Seminar: Thursday 27 August 2009

Title: Climate Change Heat Waves and Health

Speaker: Glen McGrego

Resources: Climate Change Heat Waves and Health: Presentation via our mediasite.

Special screening: Wednesday 8 July 2009

Title: Documentary HOME

The Climate Change Research Institute and the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences would like to invite you to a special screening of the documentary HOME.

If you would like to screen Home at your workplace or university please contact us to borrow a copy.

Seminar: Thursday 16 July 2009

Title: What natural global warming in the past tells us about the future

Speaker: Matt Huber

Resources: What natural global warming in the past tells us about the future: Presentation via our mediasite.

Seminar: Friday 26 June 2009

Title: The climate change challenge - can we avoid disaster?

Speaker: Bob Watson

Resources: The climate change challenge - can we avoid disaster?: Presentation via our mediasite.

Seminar: Thursday 11 June 2009

Title: Responding To Climate Change - Why Don't We Act?

Speaker: John McClure

Resources: Responding To Climate Change - Why Don't We Act?: Presentation via our mediasite.

Seminar: Thursday May 28 2009

Title: Antarctica and Climate Change

Speaker: Peter Barrett

Seminar: Thursday 16 April 2009

Title: The State Of Play On Climate Change Policy

Speaker: Dr Geoff Bertram

Resources: The State Of Play On Climate Change Policy: Presentation via our mediasite.

Seminar: Tuesday 24 March 2009

Title: Renewable Energy for Climate Change Mitigation-How Much and How Fast?

Speaker: Dr Eric Martinot

Resources: Renewable Energy for Climate Change Mitigation-How Much and How Fast?: Presentation via our mediasite.

Seminar: Friday 5 February 2009

Title: Meeting the EU 2°C climate target: regional emission and abatement costs implications

Speaker: Michel den Elzen

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2008 Events

Seminar: Friday 12 December 2008

Title: An overview of climate modelling successes, problems and opportunities

Speaker: Jim Renwick

Resources: An overview of climate modelling successes, problems and opportunities: Presentation via our  mediasite.

Seminar: Thursday November 20 2008

Title: Report on the 5th STS Forum

Speaker: David Bibby

Resources:

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