Understanding local impacts of rising seas on coastal communities

Project Leader(s) Associate Professor Wayne Stephenson (UoO), Dr Emma Ryan (UoA) Project Team Associate Professor Mark Dickson (UoA), Dr Murray Ford (UoA) Sea-level rise represents one of the most significant environmental challenges facing Aotearoa and the Pacific. In 2015, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment noted that sea-level rise “will lead to flooding on low […]

Understanding local and regional thermal regimes to prepare for climate change 

Project Leader(s) Dr Robert Smith (UoO), Dr Peter Russell (UoO)  This project will provide a framework for predicting the locations and processes that lead to local oceanographic resilience, as well as vulnerability, in a warming ocean. Using in situ timeseries from southeast New Zealand, in conjunction with simple but accurate heat budget models, we will […]