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NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 9:56 am | 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 >>

Steep Improvements Seen In Auckland Air Quality, Says NIWA

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 10:07 am | NIWA

NIWA scientists say air quality has dramatically improved in Auckland since the COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown was instigated. In less than a week a steep drop in nitrogen oxide has occurred, particularly in suburban Auckland. NIWA air quality scientist ... More >>

Science Voyage Cut Short For Researchers, Crew To Be With Family

Saturday, 28 March 2020, 12:12 pm | NIWA

NIWA’s flagship research ship Tangaroa returned to Wellington yesterday after cutting short an international scientific voyage taking place off the east coast of New Zealand. Tangaroa left Wellington on 12 March and was originally due to return ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Thursday, 26 March 2020, 12:50 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 >>

Scientists Get First Look At Rocks Causing Slow Moving Quakes

Thursday, 26 March 2020, 9:07 am | NIWA

An ambitious international scientific project to study New Zealand’s largest earthquake fault is now enabling scientists to learn more about slow slip earthquakes happening in subduction zones around the world. Two International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) ... More >>

Tubeworm Discovery In Hauraki Gulf Cause For Celebration

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 9:45 am | NIWA

Scientists mapping the Hauraki Gulf seafloor have discovered huge colonies of tubeworms up to 1.5 metres high and collectively covering hundreds of metres providing vital habitats for plants and animals. This is the first time the tubeworms (species Galeolaria ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 4:05 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 >>

Volunteers Needed To Unlock Historic Weather Secrets

Monday, 16 March 2020, 4:46 pm | NIWA

NIWA climate scientists are asking for volunteers to help give its historic weather project a quick, sharp boost. The scientists have accumulated a mass of weather data for a special project focused on a week in July 1939 when huge snowstorms blanketed ... More >>

Large Freshwater Find Off Canterbury Coast

Saturday, 14 March 2020, 11:46 am | NIWA

Scientists have discovered an extensive body of freshwater off the Canterbury coast between Timaru and Ashburton. NIWA marine geologist Dr Joshu Mountjoy says the discovery is one of the few times a significant offshore aquifer has been located around the ... More >>

More Snow On Glaciers But No Good News, Say Scientists

Friday, 6 March 2020, 11:12 am | NIWA

Scientists have recorded more snow on the South Island glaciers this year, but they warn it is simply a temporary break rather than any good news on the climate change front. NIWA and Victoria University of Wellington scientists completed the annual ... More >>

Little Known About Lakes And Climate Change, Says Researcher

Thursday, 5 March 2020, 5:01 pm | NIWA

Scientists know so little about how storms affect the delicate balance of lake ecosystems that we may be unable to protect them from the effects of climate change, says a NIWA scientist. Lake scientist Dr Piet Verburg was part of an international team ... More >>

Scientists To Check Out Ash On New Zealand Glaciers

Monday, 2 March 2020, 4:41 pm | NIWA

Scientists undertaking the annual Southern Alps end-of-summer snowline survey this week will be using advanced photographic technology to help clarify obscure snowlines due to ash and dust from the Australian bushfires. The survey is set to take place ... More >>

Scientists Say Methane Emitted By Humans ‘vastly Underestimated’

Thursday, 20 February 2020, 10:28 am | NIWA

NIWA researchers have helped unlock information trapped in ancient air samples from Greenland and Antarctica that shows the amount of methane humans are emitting into the atmosphere from fossil fuels has been vastly underestimated. Graphic credit: ... More >>

Giant Squid And Glow-in-the-dark Sharks Surprise Scientists

Monday, 17 February 2020, 3:14 pm | NIWA

A giant squid and several glow-in-the-dark sharks were surprise finds for NIWA scientists last month on the Chatham Rise during a voyage to survey hoki, New Zealand’s most valuable commercial fish species. But other denizens of the deep east of Canterbury ... More >>

Auckland Set To Break Dry Spell Record

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 12:05 pm | NIWA

  Auckland is set to break a climate record on Saturday for the region’s longest dry spell, according to NIWA forecasters. A dry spell is defined as consecutive days with less than 1 mm of rain and the current record for the greater Auckland ... More >>

Forecast shows Auckland region to stay dry

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 3:52 pm | NIWA

Aucklanders should not expect any decent rain for more than 10 days, says NIWA principal scientist and forecaster Chris Brandolino. More >>

Monthly climate summary - January

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 3:13 pm | NIWA

• Dryness with much of the country having well below average rainfall • Temperatures well above average for some areas • Highest temperature was 38.2C at Gisborne on January 31 • Waikato has had the most sunshine so far this year! More >>

Hotspot Watch

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 3:48 pm | NIWA

The latest Hotspot Watch is attached. A huge Hotspot now covers Northland, Waikato, Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula. There is now nowhere in the North Island where soil moisture levels are normal or above normal. More >>

Hotspot Watch

Thursday, 16 January 2020, 10:05 am | 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 >>

It’s a colourful life under the Antarctic ice

Monday, 13 January 2020, 12:50 pm | NIWA

The rich diversity of marine life near Scott Base in Antarctica has stunned scientists diving under the ice to set up environmental monitoring sites. More >>

 

 

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