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Chris Cameron

Position:                Climate Change Specialist

Email Address:    chris(at)

Academic Qualifications:
  • 2019, PhD in Geophysics, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (submitted) - Thesis topic "Characterising the Antarctic circumpolar vortex"
  • 1994, MSc in Geography, University of Otago, New Zealand - Thesis topic "Cloud Water Deposition to Tussock Grassland"
  • 1992, BSc in Geography, University of Otago, New Zealand
Scholarships and Memberships:
  • 2017 - present:  Member of the American Geophysical Union
  • 2017 - present:  Member of the European Geosciences Union
  • 2017 - present:  Member of the New Zealand Meteorological Society
  • October 2015 - October 2018:  Marsden funded PhD Scholarship
  • 1992-94:  Hellaby Indigenous Grasslands Research Trust Scholarship
  • Feb 2019 - present: Climate Specialist, Bodeker Scientific
  • September 2015 – October 2018:  PhD candidate at Victoria University of Wellington, in cooperation with Bodeker Scientific and the New Zealand National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
  • Feb 2014 – Aug 2015: Principal Advisor, Strategy and Planning Division, Hutt City Council, Lower Hutt, NZ
  • Nov 2008 – Dec 2013: Principal Advisor, Climate Change Office, Wellington City Council, Wellington, NZ
  • Oct 2006 – Nov 2008: Senior Advisor, Reporting and Communications Team, Ministry for the Environment, Wellington
  • 2014: Panel member for the first four year review of New Zealand’s ‘Natural Hazards Research Platform’ (MBIE, Mar 2014)
  • 2014: Invited speaker at the 18th Public Health Summer School on ‘Urban Health and Sustainability’ (Otago School of Medicine, Wellington)
  • 2013: Wellington city representative at the ‘Gobal Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction’ (UNISDR, Geneva)
  • 2012-2013: Steering committee member for Climate Change Roundtable series hosted by the Victoria University of Wellington Institute of Governance and Policy Studies
  • 2012: Member of organising committee and session chair for NZ Climate Change Centre conference on sea level rise
  • 2010: Developed Wellington City Council’s ‘Climate Change Action Plan’, category winner of the Government’s 2011 Green Ribbon National Environmental Award
  • 2008: Led the NZ negotiating team for the SBSTA (Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice) at the annual UNFCCC meeting (Bonn)
  • 2007-2008: Represented NZ on delegations to international UN and IPCC meetings on GHG reporting and negotiations
  • 2007-2008: Member of development team for the NZ ‘Land-Use and Carbon Analysis System’ (LUCAS)
  • 2007: Expert Reviewer (International Greenhouse Gas Reporting), UNFCCC
Publications and Presentations:
  1. Cameron, C.; Bodeker, G.; Conway, J.; Stuart, S. and Renwick, J., (2019) Simulating the Antarctic stratospheric vortex transport barrier: comparing the Unified Model to reanalysis., Climate Dynamics, 10.1007.
  2. Cameron, C., Bodeker, G., Conway, J., Stuart, S. (2017). Representation of the Antarctic circumpolar mixing barrier in a Global Climate Model. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017. Vienna, Austria.
  3. Cameron, C., Lewis, J., Bodeker, G., Jobst, A., Kingston, D., Cullen, N. (2016). Uncertainty in future rainfall and river flow in New Zealand. 56th New Zealand Hydrological Society (NZHS) Conference and 37th Engineers Australia Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium (HWRS). Queenstown.
  4. Lawrence, J., Sullivan, F., Lash, A., Ide, G., Cameron, C., McGlinchey, L., (2015) Adapting to changing climate risk by local government in New Zealand: institutional practice barriers and enablers, Local Environment, Vol 20, Issue 3.
  5. Cameron, C., Kos, P. and Petrovic, N. (2011) Box 3.3 Adaptation to sea level rise in Wellington, New Zealand. In Blake, R., A. Grimm, T. Ichinose, R. Horton, S. Gaffi n, S. Jiong, D. Bader, L. D. Cecil: Urban climate: Processes, trends, and projections. Climate Change and Cities: First Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network, C. Rosenzweig, W. D. Solecki, S. A. Hammer, S. Mehrotra, Eds., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 43–81.
  6. Cameron, C.S., Murray, D.L., Fahey, B.D., Jackson, R.M., Kelliher, F.M., Fisher, G.W., (1997) Fog deposition in tall tussock grassland, South Island, New Zealand, Journal of Hydrology, Vol 193, 363-376.