06 June, 2016 by Staff Reporter
On Friday 8 April, 2016, The Antarctic Report hosted a conference in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, called Sea Level Rise: Implementing Adaptation Strategies. The conference brought together international experts, as well as New Zealand’s leading policy makers, scientists and key industry representatives, to showcase effective adaptation strategies to manage the impact of sea level rise in New Zealand.
The third speaker at the event was Professor Tim Naish, director of the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington. According to Prof Naish, there have been rapid changes in climate change science since the 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This is particularly true in the cases of predicting Antarctic ice sheet contributions to future sea level rise. In this presentation, Professor Naish explains new approaches for modelling the projected rates at which ice sheets will melt, and how the past climate record can be used to test the performance of such models.
Professor Tim Naish is the director of the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He is the first New Zealand recipient of the Martha T. Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica, awarded by the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research. He is a paleoclimatologist focused on reconstructing past ice sheet and global sea-level changes relevant to future projections. He has participated in numerous expeditions to Antarctica and helped found ANDRILL, the international Antarctic Geological Drilling Programme. He was a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 5th Assessment Report.