Understanding New Zealand’s mountain climate

6 December 2012 - 8:00am to 6:00pm

A workshop jointly hosted by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and Victoria University Wellington.

Thursday, 6 December 2012 Victoria University Wellington Kelburn Campus Laby Building, Room LBLT118

Convenors: Andrew Lorrey (NIWA) and Andrew Mackintosh (VUW)

You can download all the abstracts [PDF 9.6MB]


8 am   Registration
830 am   Welcome & Overview David Wratt, Chief Scientist, National Climate Centre, NIWA 

Session 1: Southern Alps climate

9 am  James Renwick (VUW) -­- Overview of New Zealand's mountain climate  
920 am    Simon Cox (GNS) – Southern Alps geohydrology – wet rocks 
940 am   Andrew Tait (NIWA) – The Virtual Climate Station Network and mountain climate 
10 am   Christian Zammit (NIWA) – New Zealand's high elevation climate monitoring network 
1030 am   Morning Tea 


Session 2: Southern Alps climate (continued)

11 am    Tim Kerr (NIWA) – The value and availability of mountain precipitation observations 
1120 am 
 Stephen Stuart (NIWA) – Central Southern Alps mountain precipitation 
1140am    Alistair McKerchar (NIWA) – Southern Alps flood risks linked to climate changes and the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation 
12 pm  Ali Fadil (UoO)-­- Assessment of MODIS precipitable water vapor over New Zealand using GPS and radiosondes  
1230pm   Lunch (Group Photo) 


Session 3: Southern Alps glacier observations and modeling

140 pm  Sam Dean (NIWA) – The Future of precipitation in New Zealand's alpine areas 
2 pm  Ruzica Dadic (VUW) – Influence of wind on snow redistribution and ablation 
220 pm  Andrew Willsman (NIWA) -­ End of summer snowline (EOSS) observations 
240 pm  Trevor Chinn (APP) -­ Southern Alps ice volume changes 1976-­-2008 
310 pm    Afternoon Tea 



Session 4: Southern Alps glacier observations and modeling (continued)

340 pm  Heather Purdie (UoC) – Synoptic climatology and snow accumulation on glaciers  
4 pm    Huw Horgan (VUW) -­ Radar investigations of snowpack on New Zealand glaciers 
420 pm   Nicolas Cullen (Otago) -­ Climate and mass balance of Brewster Glacier, Southern Alps 
440 pm   Brian Anderson (VUW) Reconstructing past and projecting future glaciers in the central Southern Alps 
5 pm   Marcus Vandergoes (GNS) – A multi proxy study of sediments from Lake Ohau to reconstruct climate 
530pm   Concluding remarks 



Poster presentation: Heidi Roop/ Phaedra Upton – Limnology and inflow reconstructions;the Lake Ohau Project (GNS) 

The large Tasman Glacier. (Photo: Dr Trevor Chinn, Alpine and Polar Research, Hawea)
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