Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Coastal experts meet


Coastal experts meet

Climate change, marine conservation, and marine biosecurity risks are just three of the topics being discussed at the 21st annual New Zealand Coastal Society Conference.

Keynote speaker Professor Paul Komar, Oregon State University, set the tone for the conference with a discussion on the Earth’s changing climate and coastal hazards. While much of Dr Komar’s work has been undertaken in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, he has also been involved in studies in the Hawke’s Bay.

NZCS President Dr Deirdre Hart says the conference is a time for researchers and practitioners to discuss pressing issues like climate change, water quality, and coastal conservation.

“As an island nation, we are particularly vulnerable to issues like rising sea levels and extreme weather events. The conference offers an opportunity for coastal experts across many disciplines to come together to discuss issues and look for solutions.”

Conference organiser Don Neale agrees and says Hokitika provides the perfect venue for this year’s conference.

“Like many other coastal communities in New Zealand, Hokitika has a long and interesting history with its coastal environment. It has always been challenging to balance the needs and wants of coastal communities with the realities of a dynamic coastal environment, and that is being compounded by the effects of climate change. Through fieldtrips and conference sessions we are taking a closer look at some of the issues facing coastal communities today.”

On the final day of the conference, Coastal Champion Bill Southward will discuss how community members can get involved in advocating for environmental management change. A second generation resident of the coastal settlement Little Rakaia Huts, Mr Southward’s observations and advocacy work have contributed to our scientific understanding of Canterbury’s braided river systems and have been instrumental in informing Canterbury’s water policy. In recognition of his contributions, earlier this year he received the New Zealand Coastal Society’s inaugural National Coastal Champion Award.

NZCS conference: ‘The Coast: Rough around the Edges’, 19 to 22 November 2013, Hokitika. Conference sponsors include the Department of Conservation, NIWA, Ross Dowling Marquet Griffin Barristers and Solicitors, the West Coast Regional Council, Eliot Sinclair, MWH, MetOcean Solutions Ltd, and Westland Milk Products.

For the full conference programme and more information visit www.coastalsociety.org.nz/conference2013.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Pre-Budget: Computer Emergency Response Team, Assemble!

John Key told the country's first ever Cyber Security Summit in Auckland that the government had earmarked funding set up a national Computer Emergency Response Team to help prevent and act on cyber incidents in partnership with the private sector and other organisations. More>>

ALSO:

Job Cutter Goes: Mark Weldon To Step Down As MediaWorks CEO

“When I joined MediaWorks in August 2014, I had a mandate to lead a significant change programme to bring the business back from receivership into a position where it could once again be a strong competitor in the market, with a sound and sustainable future. It was a big brief, laden with inherent challenges, but I took it in good faith and have dedicated myself fully to the goal since." More>>

ALSO:

Must Sell 20 Petrol Stations: Z Cleared To Buy Caltex Assets

Z Energy is allowed to buy the Caltex and Challenge! petrol station chains but must sell 19 of its retail sites and one truck-stop, the Commerce Commission has ruled in a split decision that acknowledges possible retail price coordination between fuel retailers occurs in some regions. More>>

ALSO:

Huntly: Genesis Extends Life Of Coal-Fuelled Power Station To 2022

Genesis Energy will keep its two coal and gas-fired units at Huntly Power Station operating until 2022, having previously said they'd be closed by 2018, after wringing a high price from other electricity generators who wanted to keep them as back-up. More>>

ALSO:

Dammed If You Do: Ruataniwha Irrigation Scheme Hits Farmer Uptake Targets

Enough Hawke's Bay farmers have signed up for water from the proposed Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme for it to go ahead as long as a cornerstone institutional capital investor can be found to back it, its regional council promoter announced. More>>

ALSO:

Reserve Bank: OCR Stays At 2.25%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2.25 percent, in a decision traders had said could go either way, while predicting inflation will pick up as the slump in oil prices washes out of the data and capacity pressures start to build in the economy. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news