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Michael James "Jim" Salinger (born 25 April 1947) is a climate change scientist and honorary research fellow at the University of Otago. He has worked for the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), a Crown research institute. In 2012, Salinger was Lorry Lokey Visiting Professor at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.[1] He works in Continuing Education at the University of Auckland and is a Visiting Scientist at the Institute of Biometeorology (IBIMET-CNR) in Rome.[2]

Jim Salinger
NationalityNew Zealand
Scientific career
FieldsClimate science


From 1986 to 2010, Salinger was New Zealand's principal delegate to the World Meteorological Organization's Commission for Agricultural Meteorology (CAgM).[3] From 2006 to 2010, he served as its ninth President.[4] In 2018, the Commission awarded him for his exceptional service.[3]

He was a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,[5][6] which was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change".[7] His contributions have included lead authorship of most New Zealand-based scenarios "to facilitate impact and policy studies".[8]

On 23 April 2009, Salinger was dismissed by NIWA,[9] ostensibly for breaching NIWA's media policy.[10] Salinger had represented NIWA to the public and media for many years and the dismissal caused a 'wide public outcry' according to Television New Zealand.[11] The Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science described the incident as a 'national embarrassment'.[12] In late May 2009, Salinger stated that mediation with NIWA over the dismissal had failed and that he would be lodging a claim with the Employment Relations Authority.[13] On 19 October 2009, the Employment Relations Authority in Auckland began a hearing into Salinger's dismissal;[14] during the hearing it emerged the Salinger has suffered from depression.[15] In December 2009, the Employment Relations Authority upheld Salinger's dismissal.[16]


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  2. ^ University of Auckland. "Jim Salinger". Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b New Zealand Institute of Agricultural & Horticultural Science. "Commission for Agricultural Meteorology gives award for exceptional service to Dr Salinger". AgScience. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  4. ^ New Zealander heads world commission for agricultural meteorology, Water & Atmosphere (NIWA) Vol.14 No.4 - December 2006, retrieved 7 May 2009.
  5. ^ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. "IPCC Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007: Working Group II: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability". Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  6. ^ Jim Salinger NZ SD Practitioners Directory, Sustainable Aotearoa New Zealand Incorporated website, retrieved 09-09-09.
  7. ^ "The Nobel Peace Prize 2007". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
  8. ^ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. "The Regional Impacts of Climate Change: 4.2.3. Climate Scenarios". Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  9. ^ Tsehai Tiffin (24 April 2009). "Face of NIWA sacked for talking to media". ONE News. Archived from the original on 2 May 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
  10. ^ Niwa sacks Jim Salinger,, 24/04/2009, retrieved 2/5/09. At WebCite.
  11. ^ NZPA, Salinger seeks NIWA compensation, Television New Zealand Ltd News, 2009-10-19, retrieved 2009-10-19. At WebCite.
  12. ^ NZPA, Salinger's sacking 'a national embarrassment', Television New Zealand Ltd News, 2009-05-06, retrieved 2009-10-19. At WebCite.
  13. ^ Public hearing for Salinger case, The Dominion Post (Fairfax/, 2009-05-22, retrieved 2009-10-10. Archived at WebCite
  14. ^ Salinger says he never saw NIWA media policy, Radio New Zealand News, 2009-10-19, retrieved 2009-10-19. At WebCite.
  15. ^ NZPA (19 October 2009). "Salinger call to Hickey 'personal'". Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  16. ^ Tahana, Yvonne (9 December 2009). "Dismissal of climate man upheld". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 13 January 2010.