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Our changing climate: research, resilience and response

Our changing climate: research, resilience and response.

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Background reading, images, narrations, keywords and quizzes.

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Insights into people, their careers and a chance to replay questions and answers from a LIVE web conference.

Climate change field trip videos.

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Videos and more showcasing places, people, ideas and initiatives on this field trip.

Take the Google Earth for Web tour about climate change >
A virtual tour of the field trip with GIS mapping, 3D locations, images, daily diaries and video.

About this trip

Our climate constantly changes, so why has climate change become such a topical issue? Recent changes in climate have happened a lot faster than they have in the past due to human activity. Increases in greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane are causing changes in average temperatures and rainfall. Our changing climate impacts people, ecosystems and industry. So what can we do about it?

Experts are already working together to monitor, manage and build resilience to climate change in the Canterbury region. There is a lot of positive action happening to reduce the impacts of our changing climate.

Travel online with LEARNZ along the Rakaia awa in Canterbury to:

  • investigate the impact of climate change on our landscape and lives
  • explore the science and mātauranga behind climate change
  • discover positive stories about research and response
  • meet the experts who are helping to build community resilience
  • find ways to reduce the impacts of climate change in your own rohe.


This online field trip supports a STEM-based, cross curricular approach to teaching and learning. Participation encourages curiosity, citizen-science and student inquiry. Access the glossary.



United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

United Nations SDG 13This trip reflects the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Goal 13: Climate Action: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.