Seminar Series

Using Climate Models to Understand Climate Variability and Change

Speaker

Dr Sam Dean, Chief Scientist - Climate, Atmosphere and Hazards

Institute

NIWA, Wellington

Time & Place

Sat, 13 Aug 2016 11:00:00 NZST in Rutherford 531, Level 5

All are welcome

Abstract

Dr Sam Dean is the Chief Scientist for Climate, Atmosphere and Hazards at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), and is based in Wellington. His research focuses on using climate models to understand the drivers of climate variability in New Zealand and Antarctica, and in particular human-induced climate change. This talk will offer insight into some of the ways in which different climate modelling techniques have been used in Sam’s research to improve our climate knowledge. This includes identifying the contribution human-induced global warming has already made to intensifying New Zealand weather extremes such as droughts and floods. It will also cover ongoing efforts to improve the representation of some physical processes in climate models specific to our region, primarily Antarctic sea-ice.