Dr Peter Urich is the Managing Director of CLIMsystems Ltd. Peter has over fifteen years of experience in community development, resource management, climate change adaptation, and risk assessment.
Prof Richard Warrick has over 35 years of professional experience in issues related to climate and sea-level change, variability and extremes This interest is interdisciplinary and integrative, spanning the range issues from natural sciences to the human dimensions of global change, including impacts, vulnerability and adaptation in both developed and developing countries. This interest is reflected in over 50 peer-reviewed publications and numerous other publications, research reports and presentations, and over 35 funded research projects and consultancies worth over US$6m.
A notable achievement has been Prof Warrick’s major contributions to all four of the published Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment reports. For this effort he was formally recognised for contributing to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the IPCC. The contributions involve lead authorship of chapters within each of the three Working Groups (WG) of IPCC and include: 1990, Convening Lead Author (WG1); 1995, Convening Lead Author (WG1) and Lead Author (WG2); 2001, Convening Lead Author (WG2); and 2007, Lead Author (WG2). In addition, Prof Warrick was a Lead Author of two special reports for IPCC.
Prof Warrick has also had extensive experience working with international and regional organisations. For example, prior to the establishment of IPCC, he was a member of the core team for the first major international assessment report on climate change and its effects, for UNEP, WMO and ICSU. He has worked with UNDP-GEF in the preparation of project documents for climate change enabling projects, including that of PICCAP for the Pacific island countries. Prof Warrick’s interests in the field have also extended internationally to capacity building and training, in which he led the team that developed the first training package for climate change V&A assessment for UNITAR.
Prof Warrick spear-headed innovative developments in integrated assessment modelling as a way of integrating and synthesising models and data on climate change and its impacts for purposes of decision making. These developments have included, for example: the CLIMPACTS model for New Zealand and the open-framework SimCLIM system, which were funded by the NZ Foundation for Research, science and Technology in a large, multi-instititional collaborative programme. Prof Warrick held professorial positions at the University of the Sunshine Coast and at the International Institute of Agri-Food Security, Curtin University, Australia, and is the Founding Director of CLIMsystems Ltd, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Clare brings an extraordinary range of management, research and communication skills as well as creative thinking to her role as the Business Manager of CLIMsystems. She has developed and implemented efficient business processes and uses her attention to detail to manage budgeting and the financial aspect of our contracts as well as Research & Development. Clare's responsible for software renewal stakeholder engagement ensuring efficient and consistent access. Currently prospecting a community based project for the coastal town of Raglan where she lives, Clare seeks to co-create a process of exploring opportunities for climate change adaptation. She is passionate about sustainable living, innovation, participatory facilitation techniques and the large group of master student interns from the University of Waikato whom she had mentored.