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The Climate Record That Keeps Getting Broken

Friday, 3 July 2020, 2:37 pm | NIWA

Among the multitude of New Zealand climate statistics there is one record that continues to be broken month after month. Since January 2017 there has not been one month that recorded a below average nationwide temperature, according to NIWA’s seven station ... More >>

Seasonal Climate Outlook

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 4:19 pm | NIWA

Outlook Summary Ocean temperatures in the central Pacific continued to cool during June and are slightly below average for the time of year. Oceanic La Niña conditions (47% chance) and ENSO-neutral conditions (51% chance) are about equally likely for ... More >>

New Ocean Data From Under The World’s Biggest Ice Shelf

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 7:37 am | NIWA

New measurements from the ocean under the centre of the Ross Ice Shelf have significantly improved our understanding of the complex processes that drive melting in Antarctica. The measurements are the subject of a paper published this week in scientific journal ... More >>

Glaciers Continue To Melt Away

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 10:02 am | NIWA

Scientists analysing end-of-summer snowline survey photos have estimated that 13 million cubic meters of ice have been lost from just one glacier from 2016 to 2019. NIWA climate scientist Dr Andrew Lorrey says that the volume lost from the Brewster ... More >>

Sunday Morning Solsitce

Friday, 19 June 2020, 2:39 pm | NIWA

If you're keen to mark the winter solsitce set your clocks for 9:43am on Sunday. This is the point from which New Zealand and the rest of the Southern Hemisphere begins to get more daylight as the sun’s angle in the sky starts to increase. From ... More >>

Scientists Nurturing Only Plant Of Its Kind

Thursday, 11 June 2020, 9:05 am | NIWA

For more than 20 years NIWA scientists have been nurturing three plants that are the only examples of their kind in existence. Hamilton-based freshwater ecologists Paul Champion and Mary de Winton retrieved the rare species of the quillwort family ... More >>

Antarctic Scientists Make New Plans After Season Scuttled

Tuesday, 9 June 2020, 2:33 pm | NIWA

NIWA Antarctic researchers are putting contingency plans in place after it was announced the continent would be closed to scientists for the upcoming research season. Antarctica New Zealand has today announced it has decided to support only long-term science ... More >>

Fresh Scientific Scrutiny For Arrowtown Air

Friday, 5 June 2020, 10:31 am | NIWA

NIWA scientists have set up air quality sensors every 100 metres across Arrowtown in what is believed to be the world’s densest air monitoring network. The monitors will be in place for the rest of winter to give scientists a much more detailed picture ... More >>

Seven Weeks Of Clearing The Air Provides Huge Benefits: Scientist

Monday, 18 May 2020, 3:00 pm | NIWA

Seven weeks of lockdown has provided evidence of how pollution can vanish overnight with benefits for the environment and individuals, says NIWA air quality scientist Dr Ian Longley. Dr Longley has been monitoring air quality in Auckland, Wellington ... More >>

Tangaroa Heads Back To Sea – With Social Distancing

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 2:35 pm | NIWA

NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa will sail out of Wellington Harbour on Sunday for the first scientific voyage since the lockdown. The ship is heading to the Campbell Plateau south of New Zealand, to undertake a camera survey of the seabed ... More >>

Scientists seek smoke sniffers

Thursday, 7 May 2020, 9:38 am | NIWA

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Drought hits hard, far and wide

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 2:28 pm | NIWA

Analysis of drought conditions across New Zealand this year shows it is one of the most severe on record for some regions. More >>

NIWA Outlook: May – July 2020

Friday, 1 May 2020, 10:17 am | NIWA

May – July 2020 air temperatures are about equally likely to be near average (40% chance) or above average (40-45% chance) in the north and east of both islands. Near average temperatures are most likely (45% chance) in the west of both islands. More >>

Pollution Levels Soar In Level 3, Says NIWA

Thursday, 30 April 2020, 2:43 pm | NIWA

Traffic pollution measurements in Auckland since Level 4 restrictions were eased on Tuesday have shown levels soaring even higher than those before lockdown, NIWA air quality scientists say. Analysis of nitrogen oxide levels, mostly caused by road ... More >>

Bushfire Smoke Continues Trip Around World

Thursday, 23 April 2020, 10:43 am | NIWA

A blob of smoke from the Australian bushfires is continuing to circle the globe almost four months after it formed. Scientists around the world have been tracking the blob since it formed in December following unprecedented bushfires in Australia ... More >>

Extremely Rare Albino Shark Discovered In Auckland

Wednesday, 22 April 2020, 11:36 am | NIWA

A deep dive into the collection of an Auckland War Memorial Museum has revealed an extremely rare albino shark. A recent research paper published in the Journal of Fish Biology by Dr. Brittany Finucci, a fisheries scientist at NIWA, describes ... More >>

Hotspot Watch

Friday, 17 April 2020, 10:33 am | NIWA

Severe meteorological drought remains in place across much of the Coromandel Peninsula, while meteorological drought is found in the lower Coromandel Peninsula and parts of eastern Auckland. More >>

Lockdown Air Quality Keeps Getting Better: NIWA

Thursday, 16 April 2020, 3:51 pm | NIWA

Pollution levels in our main cities are continuing to fall as a result of the nationwide lockdown, says NIWA. Air quality scientist Dr Ian Longley has analysed data from the third week of lockdown and found levels of nitrogen oxides, mostly caused by ... More >>

Huge Waves On Wellington Coast To Ease Later Today, Says NIWA

Wednesday, 15 April 2020, 1:03 pm | NIWA

High waves pounding Wellington’s south coast today are being caused by a deep area of low pressure passing the Chatham Islands, according to NIWA forecaster Ben Noll. Mr Noll said the low was responsible for generating strong winds and large ... More >>

Small Sea-level Rises To Drive More Intense Flooding, Say Scientists

Tuesday, 14 April 2020, 11:17 am | NIWA

A little can mean a lot – especially when it comes to the relationship between sea level rise and coastal flooding. That was one of the findings in research, published this month in leading scientific journal Natural Hazards and Earth Science Systems, ... More >>