Abstract

When the first European explorers charted the mantle of ice cloaking New Zealand's Southern Alps it has subsequently melted to less than half of its 19th century extent.  This is a story of how the disappearing ice has been measured and whether the causes are temperature or precipitation.  The documentation of the temperature record takes us through a journey of questioning, claims of scientific fraud, questions in the New Zealand parliament and finally to the New Zealand High Court.  And the glaciers have had the last say...
 

Brief Bio

Dr. Salinger is an internationally renowned climate change scientist.  Formerly at the National institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand, he is currently the Lorry Lokey Visiting Professor in the Program in Human Biology.

He has served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that needed to counteract such change." - Nobel Foundation (10/20/08).

Dr. Salinger is also a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand and former President of the World Meteorological Organization's Commission for Agricultural Meteorology which deals with climate and agriculture.

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