Ten things you didn’t know about climate change …
Professor Tim Naish and Professor James Renwick, Victoria University of Wellington
RSNZ Manawatu Branch July 2016 meeting
7.30 pm Thursday, 7 July, Palmerston North Public Library, George Street, Palmerston North
Climate change is already redefining coastlines and the weather, both here in New Zealand and around the world. But will it affect me and what can I do about it? Tim Naish and James Renwick will give their take on this biggest of issues – from the very local to the global.
Professor Tim Naish is Director of the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington, where he and his team use rock and ice cores to look at how the Antarctica ice sheets affected global sea-levels in past warmer periods and what this means for our future.
Professor James Renwick is a Professor of Physical Geography at Victoria University of Wellington where he indulges his fascination for all aspects of the climate system, from the tropics to the poles, and from thousands of years in the past to hundreds of years into the future.
All warmly welcome
Awakening the Māori Moon
Dr Pauline Harris, Victoria University of Wellington
7.30 pm Tuesday, 17 November, Palmerston North Public Library, George Street, Palmerston North
Many ancient civilisations used the heavenly bodies to track the passage of time. Māori also had a monthly calendar, the maramataka, which was used as a clock for agriculture and fishing. This Ten by Ten talk highlights how Māori scientists are engaging with local communities to research traditional Māori astronomical star lore and revitalise customary practices.
Dr Pauline Harris is a Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington and of Rongomaiwahine and Ngāti Kahungunu descent. She is Chair of the Society of Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions and researches Māori star lore and maramataka, as well as extra-solar planets.
In recognition of the value of light in our modern life, the UN has named 2015 as the International Year of Light. The Ten by Ten series takes a look at the importance of light in New Zealand culture, research and business.
All warmly welcome
The talk will be proceeded by the RSNZ Manawatu Branch 2015 AGM, starting at 6.30pm and light finger food.