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Visit from Deputy German Ambassador

posted 10 Dec 2018, 14:44 by Nicky Brookes

Last week we welcomed Dr. Timo Bauer-Savage, Deputy Head of Mission from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Wellington and his team as they embarked on their road trip of the South Island.  Timo and his team said they were very interested to hear about the current and past projects Bodeker Scientific are involved in, especially those where we are collaborating with other German scientists and institutions.  It was a pleasure to host them at our offices - here we all are pictured next to their "Tour Bus".  From left to right: Max, Jono, Stefanie, Nicky, Jordis, Christina and Timo (from the German Embassy), Greg, Norman (visiting scientist) and Chris.

Marsden funding success

posted 7 Nov 2018, 17:05 by Jono Conway   [ updated 7 Nov 2018, 17:24 ]

We're excited to see Jono land a Marsden Fast-Start grant to pursue research into how clouds affect glacier response to climate change. 

Here's a small summary of the research:

Glaciers are iconic motifs of mountain landscapes with significant cultural, environmental, scientific, and economic value. While we know that they are hyper-sensitive to changes in their local climate, our understanding of exactly how mountain glaciers will respond to climate change is incomplete. Specifically, the extent to which cloud cover will amplify or reduce the melting of a glacier in response to warming is uncertain. Clouds alter the solar and infrared radiation available for glacier melt, and can enhance or dampen the influence of surface meteorology and surface albedo feedbacks on melt. The processes controlling the interactions between clouds, surface meteorology and melt, and how those interactions may change in a warming climate, have not been well studied. We will use novel meteorological data collected over glaciers in the Southern Alps of New Zealand and other mountain regions around the world, along with state-of-the-art glacier-atmosphere modelling, to explore the processes through which clouds control the exchange of radiation, heat, and moisture between a glacier and the overlying atmosphere. By unravelling the interacting effects of these processes on glacier melt in diverse mountain locations, our research will add to our fundamental understanding of the processes determining mountain glacier response to climate change.


Athabasca Glacier in the Canadian Rockies - one of the study's field sites

Visit from Deputy US Ambassador

posted 4 Jul 2018, 17:22 by Nicky Brookes   [ updated 5 Aug 2018, 16:59 ]

Today we had a visit from Susan Niblock (Deputy Chief of Mission) and Craig Halbmaier (Political/Economic Officer) from the U.S. Embassy to New Zealand.  Sue was interested to learn about the history of Bodeker Scientific and our relationship with organisations around the world.  Whilst they were here, Jordis and Chris gave two short presentations on the projects they are working on with US collaborators.  Jordis' presentation, 'Understanding outgoing long-wave radiation from the the Antarctic atmosphere', gave a brief explanation on her proposed project to help mitigate the current lack of knowledge about Antarctic far-infrared surface emissivities.  A copy of Jordis's presentation is available here.

Chris gave an overview of the international 'Resilience Dialogues' project he is currently involved in.  The Resilience Dialogues is a public-private collaboration that works to build climate-resilient communities through facilitated dialogues among scientists, practitioners, and community leaders. A copy of Chris' short presentation is available here.

Thank you Sue and Craig for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit us!

(From left: Jordis Tradowsky, Chris Cameron, Stefanie Kremser, Craig Halbmaier, Sue Niblock and Greg Bodeker)

U3A Cromwell

posted 30 May 2018, 17:00 by Nicky Brookes   [ updated 3 Jun 2018, 17:19 ]

Greg Bodeker was recently invited to give a talk at U3A* Cromwell.  So on 17th May Greg gave the presentation "Climate Change in Central Otago".  You can see a copy of Greg's presentation on our Conference & Event Contributions page.

*University of the Third Age (U3A) is a response to the idea that human life is divided into three periods: firstly, childhood and schooling, secondly, child rearing and work; and thirdly retirement.  The Third Age is seen to provide the greatest opportunities for learning and understanding because it is during this period of retirement that the idea of a University as a community of those who seek greater understanding through learning can be put into practice.  Central Otago is one of the many areas in the world in which a University of the Third Age has been founded. U3A courses run in Alexandra, Cromwell and Wanaka (- http://www.coreap.org.nz/community/university-of-the-third-age-u3a/) 

Bodeker Scientific Contingent attends MetSoc Conference

posted 27 Dec 2017, 17:40 by Nicky Brookes   [ updated 27 Dec 2017, 17:42 ]

A contingent from Bodeker Scientific attended the New Zealand Meteorological conference in Dunedin last month. The conference, co-organised by our own Stefanie Kremser, was a big success, being well attended by university, government and commercial researchers. A wide range of presentations were given across the fields of climate and meteorology, including Pecha Kucha format talks for the first time. 
Our very own Jono Conway took out the prize for best presentation.  Well done Jono!

Jared's first paper as First Author

posted 27 Dec 2017, 17:33 by Nicky Brookes

The paper "A method to encapsulate model structural uncertainty in ensemble projections of future climate: EPIC v1.0" by Jared Lewis, Greg Bodeker, Stefanie Kremser and Andrew Tait was published this month in Geoscientific Model Development.  This is Jared's first paper as a first author.  An abstract of the paper can be viewed here.

MAD4CO Video Competition videos now available

posted 19 Nov 2017, 17:13 by Nicky Brookes

A couple of months ago, Bodeker Scientific sponsored MAD4CO’s video competition for local schools.  Chris Cameron of Bodeker Scientific also helped in mentoring the students and judging the final videos.  

Year 12/13 students were encouraged to produce a 5-10 minute video that demonstrated their change in behaviour that was made in response to this project and that led to reducing the impact of climate change, improving sustainability and/or led to better protection of NZ’s unique environment.  The goal of the project was to encourage students to think critically about life choices concerning sustainability and protection of NZ’s environment.  There were a number of great entries to this competition and the videos are now available for viewing on YouTube (Camptastrophy, Ink Through the Pages, Now, Sustainability In Central Otago, The Changers, and The Simple Things).  Some of the videos also went on to be entered into the ‘Outlook for Someday’ film competition.

All of the films made were shown at each of the schools in full school assemblies and the films were also publicly shown at a screening held at the Alexandra Community Centre on 3rd August.  The winners were announced at the pubic screening.  The overall winner was the Dunstan High School team with the video 'Sustainability In Central Otago' (Conor Stumbles, Ben Elliot-Miller and Kirk Tamblyn).  Congratulations guys!  And well done to all the other entrants!  

Local media also covered the competition.

Paper Published

posted 8 Nov 2017, 13:43 by Nicky Brookes

A paper published today in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics by Laura Revell and Stefanie Kremser, together with colleagues in Switzerland, looks at the impacts of volcanic aerosol on the stratosphere as simulated by a chemistry-climate model, using two recently-compiled stratospheric aerosol data sets.  Click here to view a copy of the abstract.

Climathon 2017, Christchurch

posted 6 Nov 2017, 12:12 by Nicky Brookes

Greg Bodeker and Laura Revell attended the 2017 Climathon in Christchurch from 27 to 28 October. Greg was one of four judges while Laura was one of the invited experts. The purpose of the Climathon was to create teams to come up with ideas that will allow Christchurch to adapt to a changed climate, mitigate carbon emissions and communicate the challenge to others. The teams had 24 hours to develop and then present their ideas to the judges. 
Greg and Laura's attendance at the event was sponsored by the Deep South National Science Challenge. 

25th SPARC SSG

posted 5 Nov 2017, 20:14 by Nicky Brookes

Stefanie Kremser attended the 25th SPARC SSG meeting in South Korea to represent the SPARC SSiRC activity together with Larry Thomason . She also joined 45 participants at the Early Career Researchers Symposium and about 100 participants at the adjacent regional WCRP/SPARC workshop on WCRP Grand Challenges and Regional Climate Change. The events were jointly organised by the Seoul National University and the Korean Polar Research Institute. They took place on 18-20 October 2017 at the Korean Polar Research Institute in Incheon, near Seoul, South Korea. Stefanie would like to thank SPARC and WCRP for travel support to attend the meetings and workshop. 
See here for more information on the Early Career Researchers (ECR) Symposium and WCRP/SPARC workshop.

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