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New Weapon In Fight Against Invasive Aquatic Weeds

Tuesday, 20 July 2021, 9:00 am | NIWA

A combination of artificial intelligence and scientific ingenuity looks set to be the next step forward in protecting Aotearoa New Zealand’s lakes and rivers from invasive aquatic weeds. Management and detection of invasive submerged weeds costs ... More >>

New Weapon In Fight Against Invasive Aquatic Weeds

Monday, 19 July 2021, 4:22 pm | NIWA

VIDEO: A combination of artificial intelligence and scientific ingenuity looks set to be the next step forward in protecting Aotearoa New Zealand’s lakes and rivers from invasive aquatic weeds. Management and detection ... More >>

Study Discovers Microplastics In New Zealand’s Seabed

Friday, 16 July 2021, 10:02 am | NIWA

A pilot study carried out by NIWA and the University of Auckland has found microplastics in samples collected from the seafloor in the Marlborough Sounds. A global problem, microplastics have been found across the planet including in alpine soils, Antarctic ... More >>

NIWA Takes Shot At Golf Course Ratings

Tuesday, 6 July 2021, 10:03 am | NIWA

A NIWA climate scientist has combined work and a sporting interest to benefit golfers throughout New Zealand. Wind speed is a key factor in determining the difficulty rating of each course which is then used when calculating player handicaps. A higher ... More >>

NZ's Warmest June On Record

Monday, 5 July 2021, 2:00 pm | NIWA

The June Climate Summary is attached - and although today may be a little chilly, last month was the warmest June on record for the country. The average temperature was 2.0°C above average - that is the 13th time that has happened since 1909. That ... More >>

Climate Scientists Making Shift To New "normal"

Friday, 2 July 2021, 9:15 am | NIWA

NIWA climate scientists are redefining what’s normal when it comes to the weather. A team of technicians and researchers are embarking on a major project to update New Zealand’s "Climate Normals" that will take at least six months to ... More >>

June Blows Hot And Cold - And Possibly Hottest Of All

Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 11:15 am | NIWA

A weather roller coaster is coming to town and country before the end of the month. NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll says Aotearoa can expect an unseasonably mild weekend followed by a surge of freezing air early next week. Right now, however, we are on ... More >>

NIWA Calculates 1:200 Year Flood For Parts Of Canterbury

Monday, 14 June 2021, 12:39 pm | NIWA

Preliminary analysis by NIWA climate scientists has shown that the recent Canterbury rainfall was so extreme in some inland places that it could be expected to happen only once every 200 years. NIWA climate scientist Dr Trevor Carey-Smith says it was ... More >>

Play The Climate Change Game At Fieldays

Thursday, 10 June 2021, 10:28 am | NIWA

Farmers visiting NIWA’s Fieldays stand at Mystery Creek next week have the opportunity to see into their future by playing a game that dices with climate change. The aim is to encourage farmers to plan for climate change and maximise their abilities and ... More >>

May Climate Summary

Thursday, 3 June 2021, 3:39 pm | NIWA

Hi all, The May Climate Summary is attached - the Autumn Climate Summary will be available tomorrow, and will be posted on our website here: . Along with information about the end-of-month rain event in Canterbury, main points ... More >>

Skies Looking Mostly Clear For Spotting Rare Super Blood Moon

Tuesday, 25 May 2021, 10:26 am | NIWA

NIWA forecasters say expected clear skies are looking good for spotting the Super Blood Moon on Wednesday night. A Super Blood Moon is a rare combination of three factors: a full Moon, the Moon being at its closest point to Earth in its orbit and ... More >>

NIWA Seeks Help From Skiers And Snow Bunnies

Monday, 24 May 2021, 8:59 am | NIWA

A NIWA scientist is asking for the help of skiers, mountaineers and alpine professionals to collect snow for a new research project. Hydrologist Dr Alice Hill is launching the Aotearoa Snow Isotope Project at this week’s Southern Hemisphere Alpine Conference ... More >>

Happy Diamond Anniversary For Some Laudable Work

Wednesday, 5 May 2021, 2:39 pm | NIWA

VIDEO: STORYMAP: A Central Otago scientific research station with a globally revered reputation is marking its 60th anniversary. NIWA’s Lauder Atmospheric Research Station is almost ... More >>

Lost Scientific Buoy Recovered From Kāpiti Seafloor

Tuesday, 4 May 2021, 3:08 pm | NIWA

Researchers have recovered a scientific buoy from the Kāpiti Marine Reserve that went missing in late March. On Friday afternoon, the buoy was successfully hauled to the surface in a joint effort by NIWA, DOC and the Greater Wellington Regional ... More >>

NIWA Expands Data Science Capabilities

Monday, 3 May 2021, 1:21 pm | NIWA

NIWA is expanding its data science and Artificial Intelligence capabilities (AI) with a global recruitment campaign for eight new data scientists. The new specialist staff will help service growing demand for advanced digital technologies which will ... More >>

Seasonal Climate Outlook May - June

Friday, 30 April 2021, 4:54 pm | NIWA

Outlook Summary Rainfall is about equally likely to be below normal or near normal in all regions of Aotearoa New Zealand except the north of the North Island, where near normal rainfall is most likely. It’s possible that long dry spells continue ... More >>

Scientists Examine High Winds On Auckland Harbour Bridge

Tuesday, 27 April 2021, 9:30 am | NIWA

When high winds on the Auckland Harbour Bridge last September caused two trucks to topple over, one into a load-bearing strut, NIWA scientists began thinking about what role they could play in preventing it from happening again. The incidents were ... More >>

Marine Reserves Join Ocean Acidification Network

Thursday, 22 April 2021, 9:36 am | NIWA

A joint NIWA and Department of Conservation (DOC) project is extending New Zealand’s ocean acidification monitoring network to include marine reserves. The network operates around the New Zealand coast with water samples taken by a range of groups to measure ... More >>

Final Hotspot For The Season

Friday, 9 April 2021, 4:30 pm | NIWA

Please note that this will be the final Hotspot Watch update for this season. Weekly Hotspot Watches will return in the spring. Facts: Soil Moisture In the North Island, minimal rainfall was observed nearly everywhere in the past week, with amounts generally ... More >>

Research Finds Microplastics In Fish Muscle Tissue

Thursday, 18 March 2021, 12:00 pm | NIWA

Some of the first research into how microplastics are affecting New Zealand fish species has revealed that microplastic fragments can find their way through the gut lining and into muscle tissue. Experiments carried out by two masters students from ... More >>