See who is working on the Whakahura project and find out how to contact us.

Our team and our overseas partners are at the leading edge of relevant research fields. We are uniquely placed to develop new frontiers building upon the latest knowledge of climate change and extreme weather science.

Our work encompasses the detection and attribution of climate change, climate change emergence, disaster economics, and mātauranga Māori.

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If you’d like to talk with us about the Whakahura project, feel free to get in touch.

Nienke Kloppenburg profile-picture photograph

Nienke Kloppenburg

Project Manager
Whakahura Project

Managing Director
Climate Sigma

Senior leadership team

Science lead on Vision Mātauranga
Ngāti Porou

Director of Bodeker Scientific
Science lead on research aim 1.2

Adjunct Professor


School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences|Wellington Uni-Professional

Chair in the Economics of Disasters and Climate Change
School of Economics and Finance

Climate Scientist (NIWA)
Science lead on research aim 1.4

Managing Director
Climate Sigma

International collaborators

  • Pandora Hope (Bureau of Meteorology)
  • Andrew King (Melbourne University)
  • Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick (University of New South Wales)


  • Reinhard Mechler (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis)


  • Hideo Shiogama (National Institute for Environmental Studies)


  • Christian Huggel (University of Zurich)
  • Eric Strobl (University of Bern)
South Africa
  • Kamoru Lawal (University of Cape Town)
  • Piotr Wolsk (University of Cape Town)
  • Nikos Christidis (Met Office, UK)
  • Ed Hawkins (University of Reading)
  • Manoj Joshi (University of East Anglia)
  • Scott Osprey (Oxford University)
  • Friederike Otto (Oxford University)
  • Sarah Sparrow (Oxford University)
  • Peter Stott (Met Office/Eupheme)
  • Swenja Surminski (London School of Economics)
  • Carolyn Kousky (Wharton School)
  • Mark Risser (Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory)
  • Michael Wehner (Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory)