Deep South Challenge News - September 2016

Welcome to the first edition of the Deep South National Science Challenge newsletter. In each issue you’ll find the latest news about the Challenge's science projects and people, opportunities and events, engagement initiatives, and funding announcements.
This newsletter contains links to our refreshed website.  Visit our website to learn about the five programmes of the Challenge: Earth System Modelling and Prediction, Processes and Observations, Impacts and Implications, Vision Mātauranga, and Engagement. These programmes work closely to deliver our mission, to "enable New Zealanders to adapt, manage risk, and thrive in a changing climate.”
Working with communities and industry, the Challenge brings together new research approaches to determine the impacts of a changing climate on our climate-sensitive economic sectors, infrastructure, and natural resources. This will be underpinned by improved knowledge and observations of climate processes in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica - our Deep South - and will include the development of a world-class earth system model to predict Aotearoa/New Zealand's climate.
This newsletter is collated by the new Deep South Challenge Engagement team.  To share your stories or give feedback, please email the Engagement team.

Ka kite ano
The mission of The Deep South National Science Challenge is to enable New Zealanders to adapt, manage risk, and thrive in a changing climate

New Director for the
Deep South Challenge

The Governance Board are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Mike Williams.  Mike has been associated with the Challenge since its inception and was previously the Science Leader for the Processes and Observations programme.

Latest funding announcement

Read about the seven new research projects that have received funding to help New Zealanders better understand their future climate. 

Preparing to launch: Impacts
& Implications Programme

The Deep South Challenge Impacts and Implications Programme is gearing up with a recent researcher workshop and the recruitment of a new Science Lead – Dr Suzi Kerr.

Engagement funding & toolkit

We’d love to hear about your ideas for outreach and engagement, to help us meet the objectives of the Deep South Challenge.  If you have an idea for an engagement activity that seeks to enable New Zealanders to make more informed decisions about climate change, we want to hear from you.  Find out more about the Engagement Programme objectives and the simple application process.

There are a number of Challenge tools available for download from the Challenge website such as an infographic and logos, powerpoint and other key challenge documents.  All documents and information can be found in the Engagement & Communications Toolkit or email


News & updates

Discovering Māori Antarctic stories

Associate Professor Sandy Morrison of Waikato University, is leading one of the Deep South Challenge projects, studying iwi relationships with the Antarctic and Southern Ocean.

New Zealand Science - a great choice

Olaf Morgenstern, Science Lead for the Earth System Modelling and Prediction programme was recently interviewed for a Nature Journal supplement about global job opportunities.

Studio Antarctica - Gabby O'Connor

Engagement Coordinator Lorraine Taylor takes a look at an Antarctic world sculpted by artist Gabby O'Connor.

Back to School - Antarctic Style

What's the next best thing to a visit to Antarctica? Attending the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute's (NZARI) Winter School.  Partnerships Director Susan Livengood goes back to school to find out more about Antarctica.

Climate & Business Conference

Professor Dave Frame is presenting at the October conference, and the Deep South Challenge is sponsoring the fuel that keeps every researcher going.

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