Chris de Freitas

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Chris de Freitas
Residence New Zealand
Fields Climatology
Institutions University of Auckland
Alma mater University of Toronto,
University of Queensland
Thesis Beach climate and recreation : thermophysiological variation, preference and behaviour (1979)

Chris de Freitas is an Associate Professor in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Education and professional career[edit]

De Freitas, born in Trinidad, received both his Bachelor's and his Master's at the University of Toronto, Canada, after which he earned his PhD in Climatology as a Commonwealth Scholar from the University of Queensland, Australia.[1] During his time at the University of Auckland, he has served as Deputy Dean of Science, Head of Science and Technology, and for four years as Pro Vice-Chancellor.[1] He is a former Vice-President of the Meteorological Society of New Zealand and is a founding member of the Australia-New Zealand Climate Forum as well as serving on the Executive Board of the International Society of Biometeorology from 1999 to 2001.[1] He has written extensively in popular media on an array of environmental and climate-related issues. The New Zealand Association of Scientists has made him a four-time recipient of their Science Communicator Award.[1]

Global warming and scepticism about anthropogenic causes[edit]

De Freitas has concerns about the way in which anthropogenic global warming has been distorted by speculation and politically motivated interests. He believes there is a great deal of misinformation and confusion caused by the way material is represented and interpreted. He has been quoted as saying that he is not a global warming sceptic. Indeed, he has always acknowledged that rising human-caused CO2 from fossil sources could change the climate. The basic physics is there to support this view. See: He is critical of unsupported and unscientific claims that the anthropogenic effect on the climate will be large or damaging. De Freitas has consistently denied alarmist theories based on hypothetical computer models.

As an editor for the journal Climate Research[2] he processed a manuscript that gave rise to the Soon and Baliunas controversy. Publication of this work resulted in a prolonged and malevolent attack on de Freitas, but his role as editor was found to be sound and above reproach. For discussion of the topic see:;

Selected publications[edit]

  • Carter, R.M., de Freitas, C.R., Goklany, I.M., Holland, D. and Lindzen, R.S., 2007. Climate Science and the Stern Review. World Economics, 8 (2), 161–182.
  • Khan, B.A., C.R. de Freitas and D. Shooter, 2007. Application of synoptic weather typing to an investigation of Nocturnal ozone concentration at a maritime location, New Zealand, Atmospheric Environment, 41, 5636–5646.
  • Carter, R.M., de Freitas, C.R., Goklany, I.M., Holland, D. and Lindzen, R.S., 2006. The Stern Review: A Dual Critique. Part I: The Science. World Economics, 7 (4), 165–232.
  • De Freitas, C.R., 2003: Tourism climatology: evaluating environmental information for decision making and business planning in the recreation and tourism sector. International Journal of Biometeorology, 48 (1), 45–54.
  • De Freitas, C.R. and A.A. Schmekal, 2003: Condensation as a microclimate process: Measurement, numerical simulation and prediction in the Glowworm Tourist Cave, New Zealand. International Journal of Climatology, 23 (5), 557–575.

Further reading[edit]

University of Auckland website:

  • "Evidence Must Prevail" by Chris de Freitas (The New Zealand Herald 9 May 2006) [1]
  • "Global Warming Skeptics Are Facing Storm Clouds" by Antonio Regaldo (Wall Street Journal, 31 July 2003) [2]
  • "Politics Reasserts Itself in the Debate Over Climate Change and Its Hazards" by Andrew C. Revkin (New York Times, 5 August 2003) [3]
  • "Storm Brews Over Global Warming" by Richard Monasterky (Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 September 2003) [4]
  • "Proxy climatic and environmental changes of the past 1000 years" by Willie Soon & Sallie Baliunas (Climate Research, Vol. 23: 89–110, 2003)[5]
  • "Are observed changes in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere really dangerous?" by Prof. Chris de Freitas (Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology Vol. 50, No. 2 (June 2002))[6]
  • Debate between Dr Jean Paultikof and Dr Chris de Freitas [7]


  1. ^ a b c d "Dr Christopher de Freitas". University of Auckland. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Soon, Willie; Sallie Baliunas (31 January 2003). "Proxy climatic and environmental changes of the past 1000 years" (PDF). Climate Research. Inter-Research Science Center. 23: 89–110. doi:10.3354/cr023089.