Successful Annual Conference

MetSoc committee members (from left to right): James Renwick, Lisa Murray, Sylvia Nichol, Michael Martens, Luke Sutherland-Stacey, Nava Fedaeff and Mike Revell.

The joint conference between the New Zealand Meteorological and Hydrological Societies, which was held in Christchurch between 04.12. and 07.12.18, was very successful having been the largest joint conference between the MetSoc and the HydroSoc yet, with nearly 340 participants. It was a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues from across the different fields of earth system science. The oral presentations were organised in 5 parallel streams and there were several poster sessions for over 50 posters. The 3 keynote presentations covered 3 different aspects of the Hydrological Cycle in Changing Times, the theme of the conference. Bronwyn Hayward gave a very striking talk about global climate change and why we have to act now to prevent a global disaster. John Crouch talked about the microphysical aspects of the hydrological cycle using polarimetric radar on the West Coast of the South Island. Simon Cox talked about the effect of climate change on the availability of freshwater and the effect on the hydrological cycle. The conference also included an exhibition area, where institutes like NIWA, GNS, Van Walt, Aqualinc etc. had stands and presented some of their recent innovations and developments. We would like to thank the Hydrological Society for great collaboration to make this conference happen and the organising committee, consisting of members from both societies, for all their hard work to make the conference a memorable and very enjoyable experience. We are looking forward to the next joint conference, hopefully in the not too distant future.