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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 (- 

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. 


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.

GAW Symposium 2017

posted 26 Apr 2017, 22:00 by Nicky Brookes

Greg Bodeker attended the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) quadrennial  symposium from 10-13 April 2917 on behalf of GRUAN (the GCOS Reference Upper-Air Network). The purpose of the meeting was to obtain community input to the latest GAW Implementation Plan. Greg gave a presentation titled "What does 'integrated observations' mean?". Funding for Greg's attendance was provided through the New Zealand Linking Science into International Policy (LSIP) Programme for which we are very grateful. Full details on the GAW symposium, including links to all presentations is available here.

A Successful Speaking Tour of NZ by Professor Griggs

posted 20 Mar 2017, 21:47 by Nicky Brookes

Professor David Griggs has now completed his speaking tour of New Zealand as was previously mentioned in our 'Latest News'.  All who managed to attend one of the four presentations found the information he presented extremely valuable.  A number of attendees enjoyed the presentation so much they requested access to the slides that were shown on the day. Prof Griggs was happy to comply, so if you wish to view the presentation, there is a PDF version of it on our Publications > Conference Contributions page.  Click here to view the page.  

We would like to thank Prof Griggs very much for taking the time out of his busy schedule to come to NZ to present to local business.

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