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Upcoming events

    • 20 Jun 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Royal Society Te Apārangi, 11 Turnbull St, Thorndon, Wellington

    Royal Society Te Apārangi in partnership with Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, is delighted to offer a public lecture by Professor Detlef Stammer, Chair of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).

    Professor Stammer will outline WCRP's activities and how these will help promote climate science education and to inform development of climate services and policies.

    He will also address the most pressing climate science challenges facing humanity and plans to address them through international co-ordination and co-operation.

    His presentation will be of interest to climate change researchers, stakeholders, users of climate change information, and the public.


    Professor Detlef Stammer was appointed as a member of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) in 2019 and elected as JSC Chair shortly thereafter.  Professor Stammer has been a Fellow of the International Science Council since 2022.  He received a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the Institute of Oceanography, Kiel. His research interests include the role of the ocean in climate variability and sea level change.

    Book now to attend this lecture. 

    Refreshments will be served after the talk. 

    The talk will be held at:

    Royal Society Te Apārangi, 11 Turnbull St, Thorndon, Wellington
    5:30–7:30pm on Thursday 20 June 2024. 

    See you there and share with your friends!


    • 21 Jun 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 22 Jun 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • Wynyard Quater, Auckland

     The Future Wynyard 2050 Hackathon is now officially launched! You can view the official launch webinar and challenge pitches.

    Yet to register? Sign up if interested in participating, mentoring or are a subject matter expert in any of the available challenges:

    • Sustaining Skills for the Future
    • Sustainability as a Competitive Sport
    • (Remote?) Workforce Challenge
    • Insight-driven Adaptive Climate Resiliency
    • Confronting Covert Carbon
    • Equitable Energy Access
    • Trash Talk
    • 27 Jun 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Birkenhead Library Community Room, Auckland

    Rain God, the biography of celebrity meteorologist, 19th Century conservationist and mystic Clement Wragge will be launched in Birkenhead on Thursday, June 27, by landscape historian John Adam

    Once famed as Auckland’s most remarkable personality, Wragge was a 19th Century gentleman scientist with 21st Century fears. 


    He taught himself meteorology in Britain, set up and ran Australia’s first unofficial national weather service and spent the final 15 years of his life in New Zealand as a travelling science lecture and ardent Theosophist. In 1921, novelist and fellow Spiritualist Arthur Conan Doyle remembered him after their meeting in Auckland as a blue-turbaned, eager man, “half Western Science, half Eastern Mystic.” Rain God, by Australian journalist Ian James Frazer documents Wragge’s orphaned and privileged childhood in England’s Midlands, his adventurous career and fraught marriage in Scotland and Australia and guru years in Zealand. In 1902, Australia’s Federation drought tipped Wragge from orthodox meteorology into speculative sunspot-watching, long-range forecasting and rainmaking rocketry. Searching for answers, he campaigned against land clearing by ringbarking — which he believed worsened droughts. He also advocated revegetation and water conservation schemes. 

    “In this first full-length biography of Wragge, Ian Frazer has made a significant contribution to the literature of weather and climate in Australia. Rain God will sit firmly on the shelf beside David Day's 100-year history of the Bureau of Meteorology, The Weather Watchers (2007), Lawrie Zion's The Weather Obsession (2017), and many others.” — Robert Hefner, The Canberra Times, June 27, 2023

    Birkenhead Library Community Room, Thursday, June 27, 5.30pm – 7pm, to be launched by John Adam, a New Zealand landscape historian specialising in endangered gardens. John and author Ian Frazer will discuss Wragge’s legacy in Auckland and his wider fame as a meteorologist and conservationist. Copies of Rain God will be available for sale at $35, cash preferred.

    All welcome. Please RSVP Neeli Govender, Birkenhead Library. Drinks, nibbles provided.
    Neeli.Govender@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz, or call 093770209
    • 27 Jun 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • LBLT118 Laby Building Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn Parade

    Royal Society Te Apārangi Wellington Branch and the Royal Society Te Apārangi Joint Public Lecture

    Dr Jim Salinger, Victoria University of Wellington

    Surface temperatures in the New Zealand (NZ) region, including land and sea, from instrumental temperature measurements have increased rapidly in recent decades. This huge area of 4 million km2 shows an increase of over ~0.7°C from 1871-2024. Future warming from the late 19th century is projected to be 2 to be 3°C by 2100. The principal cause of these increases is the dramatic increase in greenhouse gases from human sources. However, significant variability can occur from year to year, and between decades from natural causes. Six significant volcanic eruptions have caused temporary cooling, whereas positive episodes in the Southern Annular Mode, when westerly winds strengthens over the Southern Oceans causes warning. The El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) causes swings between cooler El Niño and warmer La Niña periods of climate. Overall anthropogenic warming signal from greenhouse increases, are projected to cause further warming during this century.

    Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year, Dr Jim Salinger has devoted his research career to climate change and variability including first uncovering warming in New Zealand in the 1970s. He contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change winning the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Winner of international and overseas awards, Jim is based at Victoria University of Wellington, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science.

    Brief Biography
    Dr. Jim Salinger CRSNZ, a distinguished international climate scientist, has dedicated almost fifty years to advancing climate science. Recognised as one of the first scientists to address global warming, his pioneering work in 1975 marked the inception of a remarkable career. Jim’s contributions include ground-breaking research on Southern Hemisphere climate change, earning him the prestigious NZ Science and Technology Medal in 1994. With over 190 publications and counting, Jim is an influential communicator on climate change, addressing audiences nationwide.

    He was a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which earned the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. More recently, Jim has garnered multiple accolades, including the 2018 World Meteorological Organization Award and the 2019 Jubilee Medal, in recognition of his lifetime achievements in climate and agricultural science. Today, he remains an advocate for environmental responsibility, offering practical advice through talks around the country and is a founding member of the inter-generational ambassadors – a collective looking to unite New Zealander’s across the generations for positive change.

    https://www.gleanreport.com/events/jim-salinger/

The meteorological society of new zealand will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2029. Stay tuned for updates.


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