Climate science and Copenhagen — media update

SMC ONLINE BRIEFING: 10 am Wednesday 11 November

Next month, the world will gather in Copenhagen for the UN Climate Change Conference (7 – 18 December) to negotiate a replacement for the Kyoto Protocol.

In cooperation with the New Zealand Climate Change Centre and the Ministry for the Environment, the Science Media Centre will host a briefing to clarify the science behind the COP15 talks and update journalists on the most important new developments in climate change research.


Dr Howard Larsen – Principal Analyst, Ministry for the Environment.
Howard is the current New Zealand representative on the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has extensive experience in atmospheric physics, particularly cloud physics and precipitation, and has worked in a range of countries as a scientist and lecturer at universities.

Dr David Wratt – Chief climate scientist at NIWA.
David has worked in the USA, Australia, and NZ on a range of basic and applied topics in climate and meteorology, including climate change science and impacts, mountain meteorology, and air quality. He is a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and Chair of its New Zealand Climate Committee. He is a member of the Bureau of the IPCC and a Vice-Chair of Working Group 1, which assesses the physical science of climate change.

Dr Tim Naish – Director of the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington.
Tim is a glaciologist, chief scientist on the international ANDRILL drilling project and a Principal Scientist at GNS Science. He is an expert on the integration of geological and ice core research with ice sheet and global climate models.

Dr Andy Reisinger – Senior Research Fellow, NZ Climate Change Research Institute, VUW.
Andy is a climate scientist with a background in measurement and modelling of ozone depletion, urban air pollution and agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. He has worked in climate change science and policy as a research scientist and senior policy adviser, and was responsible for managing the production of the Synthesis Report of the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC.

Dr Harry Clark – AgResearch. Dr. Harry Clark developed the methodology used to compile the New Zealand agricultural methane emissions inventory and is a principle investigator with the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium (PGgRC). He leads programmes looking at nutritional approaches to reducing methane emissions from ruminant animals and exploiting animal to animal variation in methane emissions. He is currently acting director of the recently announced New Zealand Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Research Centre.


DATE: 11 November

START TIME: 10 a.m. (dial in five minutes beforehand)

DURATION: Approx. 90 minutes

VENUE: Wellington, Ministry for the Environment, 23 Kate Sheppard Place

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Further Information
Journalists wishing to join the briefing or arrange interviews with New Zealand experts on climate change, please contact the Science Media Centre on tel: 04 499 5476 or email: