Dr Jim Salinger has been involved for 35 years in research and analysis of climate change and variability and its impacts. In 2014 he will be a Visiting Scholar at Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania.
In 2012 he was the Lorrey Lokey Visiting Professor, Woods Institute for the Environment, at Stanford University.
Jim is a prolific communicator and has received several awards and other honours for his work on climate change. As well as being a leading climate researcher and teacher, he has long been involved in researching and monitoring past and current climate trends. Until recently he was president of the World Meteorological Organization’s Commission for Agricultural Meteorology.
He holds a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington and a MPhil in environmental law from the University of Auckland.
From 1982 to 1992, he worked for the NZ Meteorological Service. From 1992 to 2009, he worked for the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, until his employment was terminated for unauthorised contact with the media. He has since worked as an Honorary Research Associate in Climate Science in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland.
He recently edited a book, Living in a Warmer World: How a Changing Climate Will Affect Our Lives, with CSIRO Publishing.
Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand