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Jim Salinger

Michael James "Jim" Salinger (born 25 April 1947) is a climate change scientist and honorary research fellow at the University of Otago who formerly worked for the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), a Crown research institute.

Jim Salinger
Nationality New Zealand
Scientific career
Fields Climate science

He was a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,[1] which was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007[2] "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".[3]

From 2006 to 2010, Salinger was President of the Commission for Agricultural Meteorology at the World Meteorological Organization.[4]

On 23 April 2009, Salinger was dismissed by NIWA,[5] ostensibly for breaching NIWA's media policy.[6] 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.[7] The Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science described the incident as a 'national embarrassment'.[8] 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.[9] On 19 October 2009, the Employment Relations Authority in Auckland began a hearing into Salinger's dismissal;[10] during the hearing it emerged the Salinger has suffered from depression.[11] In December 2009, the Employment Relations Authority upheld Salinger's dismissal.[12]

In 2012, Salinger was Lorry Lokey Visiting Professor at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.[13]


  1. ^ Jim Salinger NZ SD Practitioners Directory, Sustainable Aotearoa New Zealand Incorporated website, retrieved 09-09-09.
  2. ^ Face of NIWA sacked for talking to media, TV One News, April 2004 2009.
  3. ^ "The Nobel Peace Prize 2007". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  4. ^ New Zealander heads world commission for agricultural meteorology, Water & Atmosphere (NIWA) Vol.14 No.4 - December 2006, retrieved 7 May 2009.
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Niwa sacks Jim Salinger,, 24/04/2009, retrieved 2/5/09. At WebCite.
  7. ^ NZPA, Salinger seeks NIWA compensation, Television New Zealand Ltd News, 2009-10-19, retrieved 2009-10-19. At WebCite.
  8. ^ NZPA, Salinger's sacking 'a national embarrassment', Television New Zealand Ltd News, 2009-05-06, retrieved 2009-10-19. At WebCite.
  9. ^ Public hearing for Salinger case, The Dominion Post (Fairfax/, 2009-05-22, retrieved 2009-10-10. Archived at WebCite
  10. ^ Salinger says he never saw NIWA media policy, Radio New Zealand News, 2009-10-19, retrieved 2009-10-19. At WebCite.
  11. ^ NZPA (2009-10-19). "Salinger call to Hickey 'personal'". Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  12. ^ Tahana, Yvonne (2009-12-09). "Dismissal of climate man upheld". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
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