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NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Friday, 22 January 2021, 3:58 pm | NIWA

A weekly update describing soil moisture patterns across the country to show where dry to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing significant soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions have ... More >>

There's Snow Business In The Mountains

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 7:46 am | NIWA

On a still and sunny December day when most Kiwis were looking longingly towards the beach, two NIWA researchers had their eyes firmly on the Southern Alps. Adrian Aarsen and James Townshend jumped on board a helicopter from Queenstown to complete ... More >>

It's A Slippery Slope To The Top For Native Fish

Monday, 18 January 2021, 7:46 am | NIWA

New Zealand’s native fish are doing their best to climb up ramps in a NIWA laboratory so scientists can learn how to better help them navigate our tricky waterways. Hamilton-based hydroecologist Dr Eleanor Gee and her team have rigged up six ramps - each at different ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Friday, 15 January 2021, 2:51 pm | NIWA

A weekly update describing soil moisture patterns across the country to show where dry to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing significant soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions have ... More >>

NIWA Drones Going Where People Can’t On The West Coast

Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 7:07 am | NIWA

A team of scientists have been exploring some of New Zealand’s most remote and rugged coastal zones. Parts of the South Island’s West Coast are so inhospitable to humans that marine biologists simply don’t know what plants and animals are ... More >>

2020: New Zealand’s 7th-warmest Year On Record

Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 12:41 pm | NIWA

Overview 2020 was Aotearoa New Zealand’s 7th-warmest year on record. The nationwide average temperature for 2020, calculated using stations in NIWA’s seven-station temperature series which began in 1909, was 13.24°C (0.63°C above the 1981–2010 ... More >>

NIWA Heads To Antarctica For Critical Climate, Ocean Research

Friday, 8 January 2021, 11:11 am | NIWA

NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa leaves today on a six-week voyage to Antarctica, making it one of the few full scientific expeditions to the continent since the global outbreak of COVID-19. The ship leaves Wellington with 20 science ... More >>

Scientist Spots Shark Sperm Storage Strategy

Wednesday, 6 January 2021, 7:07 am | NIWA

A NIWA researcher has found the first evidence that female deepsea sharks store sperm as a strategy to preserve the species and possibly avoid aggressive mating encounters. Fisheries modeller Adele Dutilloy was keen to discover more about deep ... More >>

NIWA Science Divers Finish Mud Marathon

Monday, 4 January 2021, 7:19 am | NIWA

Where there’s mud, there’s scientists. NIWA divers recently got down and dirty while completing a harbour-wide dive survey in the Wellington area. A NIWA dive team visited 20 sites in the Wellington and Porirua harbours during November working in ... More >>

Scientists Unite Across World For Decade Of Ocean Research

Wednesday, 30 December 2020, 8:31 am | NIWA

In 1872 the HMS Challenger left Portsmouth in the UK on a four-year circumnavigation of the globe to explore the deepsea. It was a scientific voyage of discovery that has since been recognised as the origin of deepsea science and modern oceanography. ... More >>

Watch Out For Jellyfish Blooms

Tuesday, 29 December 2020, 6:31 am | NIWA

Jellyfish blooms are likely to be a common sight this summer with rising ocean temperatures one of the main causes of substantial population growths. NIWA forecasters have identified a marine heatwave in the waters to the north of the North Island and are keeping ... More >>

Valuable Work Of Weather Volunteers

Wednesday, 23 December 2020, 9:55 am | NIWA

Every day at 8am Hawke’s Bay farmer Robert Buchanan heads out to his rain gauge to measure the rainfall. It’s a job he inherited from his father but insists it’s no chore. "It’s like putting my boots on," he says. "You hardly ... More >>

Wet, Warm, Cold, Dry - The Holidays With A Bit Of Everything

Monday, 21 December 2020, 2:12 pm | NIWA

In a year that has brought us a bit of everything weather-wise, we’re happy to report that Aotearoa will be on Mother Nature’s good side this holiday period - mostly. But before heading off to the bach, beach, or boat, here’s five things ... More >>

Scientists On The Trail Of Elusive Sperm Whales

Monday, 21 December 2020, 9:27 am | NIWA

When scientists head south to Antarctica on board NIWA research vessel Tangaroa next month, they’ll be keeping a close eye out for an animal that is particularly good at staying out of sight. Sperm whales - specifically large males who feed on ... More >>

2020 In Top 10 Warmest Years For New Zealand

Thursday, 3 December 2020, 11:56 am | NIWA

This year is on track to be one of New Zealand’s top 10 warmest on record, according to NIWA forecasters. New Zealand’s official temperature record, The Seven Station Series, is currently showing the average temperature to be 0.7C above average ... More >>

Fiordland Air Sharing Secrets With Scientist

Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 12:48 pm | NIWA

Peter Sperlich needs a strong south-westerly and a cast iron stomach for his next scientific mission. The NIWA atmospheric scientist is spending two weeks on board research vessel Kaharoa off the Fiordland coast next month, an area known as having ... More >>

Marine Heatwave Conditions Forming: NIWA

Wednesday, 18 November 2020, 9:24 am | NIWA

NIWA forecasters say a marine heatwave is forming around parts of New Zealand after sea surface temperatures (SSTs) warmed considerably last month. Meteorologist Ben Noll says the warmest region is the north of the North Island where ocean temperatures ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Thursday, 12 November 2020, 4:14 pm | NIWA

A weekly update describing soil moisture patterns across the country to show where dry to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing significant soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions have ... More >>

Chance Find Leads To First Look At Coral Larvae

Thursday, 12 November 2020, 11:50 am | NIWA

Small orange flecks spotted floating around in a respiration chamber at a NIWA laboratory have led to a discovery about the spawning habits of a deep-sea stony coral in New Zealand waters. NIWA scientists collected colonies of the deep-sea stony coral, Goniocorella ... More >>

Hotspot Watch - 22 October

Thursday, 22 October 2020, 4:04 pm | NIWA

A weekly update describing soil moisture patterns across the country to show where dry to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing significant soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions have ... More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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