New Zealand will be represented in an international team appointed by the United Nations to investigate the impacts of global warming of 1.5 Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Canterbury University Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward will be among 86 experts from 39 countries who will prepare a special report for the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The report is due to be published next year and follows the 2015 Paris Agreement to combat climate change.
It will look at ways to arrest global warming levels by assessing research and highlighting policy options.
Assoc Prof Hayward is head of Canterbury University's Department of Political Science and International Relations.
"We need interdisciplinary thinking to address complex, serious problems," she said.
"It is heartening to see recognition for the way arts and humanities can also assist us in tackling some of our world's greatest challenges."
The Paris Agreement aims to keep the global temperature rise this century well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the increase further to 1.5C.
New Zealand ratified the agreement last October.