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Climate Change and Heatwaves


Wed 1 Jul 2020, 4:00pm–5:30pm

Where: Marlborough Research Centre, 85 Budge Street, Blenheim, Blenheim, Marlborough

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Sigrun Steinhagen

We are delighted to invite you to this seminar, with climate scientist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr Jim Salinger, organised by Dr Mike Trought.

Overview of Presentation:
Dr Jim Salinger will examine the three extreme heatwaves that have affected the New Zealand region - back to back heatwaves in the two summers before last and 1934 -1935.

Dr Salinger will talk about the heatwave effect on many sectors, including the devastating ice loss in the Southern Alps and wider impacts for crops, including wine grapes and marine life.

Such heatwaves are becoming more common and are a guide to future climate with anthropogenic global warming.

The research by a multidisciplinary team of 19 of the recently published paper looked at what happened and why.

The research paper is entitled Unparalleled coupled ocean-atmosphere summer heatwaves in the New Zealand region: drivers, mechanisms and impacts.

Dr Jim Salinger is a climate scientist of international repute, being the first to uncover climate warming in New Zealand, and the surrounding oceans in the 1970s, an area of 4 million square kilometres. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 together with Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) colleagues for ground-breaking work on climate change.

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