Climate scientist to speak in Thames
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.