Protect Our Winters (New Zealand) board member, and lecturer at the University of Otago, Todd Redpath sat down with us to discuss New Zealand’s unique weather patterns and what the rest of the world can learn from them.
Could you explain what you do scientifically… but in layman’s terms?
To put it simply: I’m a scientist. My interests, in terms of research, are mostly around seasonal snow, but also glaciers in New Zealand and the Southern Alps.
In terms of the way we do that research, we don't have lots of permanent weather stations above the snow line here in New Zealand, and where we have them we don't have very long records. My focus is to look at snow and try to understand what's going on; to do this, we do a lot of remote sensing.
Remote sensing is essentially using satellite imagery to map things out. We can also do statistics and analysis on what we know to see what's going on.