Cli­mate sci­en­tist to speak in Thames

Hauraki Herald - - OUT & ABOUT -

One of New Zealand’s fore­most cli­mate sci­en­tists, Dr James Ren­wick, will speak in Thames next month.

Ren­wick will speak in the St James Hall, Thames, on Wed­nes­day 8 Novem­ber, at 7pm.

The visit has been or­gan­ised by T3-Tran­si­tionTownThames as part of its mis­sion to build com­mu­nity re­silience.

Spokesper­son Mark Skeld­ing said peo­ple seek­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and clar­i­fi­ca­tion about the ef­fects of cli­mate change gen­er­ally, and what we should use­fully pay at­ten­tion to in this district were in­vited to hear one of New Zealand’s sci­en­tists.

‘‘Its great to have James com­ing to speak with us,’’ Skeld­ing said.

‘‘Ev­ery­one of us has our own layper­son’s ex­pe­ri­ence, opin­ion and pet the­o­ries. James, with nearly 30 years ex­pe­ri­ence, has a lot to share about how the chang­ing cli­mate re­quires us to em­brace a chang­ing mind­set, and, whilst it is un­cer­tain and un­set­tling, there are some pluses about this too.’’

While in Thames, Ren­wick will also meet with Thames Coro­man­del District Coun­cil staff and fore­most cli­mate coun­cil­lors.

Ren­wick teaches and re­searches cli­mate dy­nam­ics at Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­sity, Welling­ton and has been di­rectly in­volved in cli­mate mod­el­ling and re­search since 1990. Be­tween 2010 and 2013, he was lead au­thor on the IPCC 5th As­sess­ment Re­port, and chaired the NZ Royal So­ci­ety Cli­mate Panel from 2011 to 2015.

Ren­wick has worked ex­ten­sively on the ef­fects of cli­mate on the econ­omy, par­tic­u­larly re­gard­ing is­sues rel­e­vant to agri­cul­ture, fish­eries, and en­ergy, es­tab­lish­ing links be­tween cli­mate and marked year-to-year vari­a­tions in com­mer­cial fish catches.

He has also par­tic­i­pated in ad­vanc­ing our un­der­stand­ing of the ef­fects of cli­mate vari­abil­ity on the risk of ru­ral fires around New Zealand.

His views are in­formed by 20 years mon­i­tor­ing cli­mate vari­abil­ity and change in the New Zealand re­gion.

He has pub­lished key find­ings re­lat­ing to El Nin˜o’s South­ern Os­cil­la­tion im­pact on Antarc­tic sea ice.

Ren­wick’s work ties to­gether at­mo­spheric, oceanic and Antarc­tic cli­mate stud­ies of great im­por­tance.


Dr James Ren­wick.

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