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Within New Zealand, Resilience to Nature’s Challenges (https://resiliencechallenge.nz/), is a five-year Government-funded research programme that has recently started mid-2019. The Weather & Wildfire theme, co-led by Richard Turner (NIWA) and Sally Potter (GNS Science), is aiming to improve our understanding of extreme weather and wildfire impacts on communities and infrastructure, and co-design mitigation solutions (including improving impact-based warnings) with key stakeholders. We are using three scenarios – an ex-tropical cyclone, severe winter storm, and wildfire on a rural-urban interface. The programme has been aligned to support the goals of the WMO HIWeather programme.  The Weather & Wildfire theme is linked to other themes within the programme, that will also contribute to HIWeather, notably the Resilience in Practice Model, co-led by Julia Becker (Massey University) and the Urban theme co-led by David Johnston (Massey University). Due to the end-to-end nature of this project, it’s possible it could be a ‘demonstration’ project for WMO HIWeather.

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