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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 >>

Hotspot Watch

Thursday, 9 April 2020, 11:11 am | NIWA

This week we're not quite of the woods - while there's no meteorological drought in the South Island there are widespread dry soils. There is still severe drought across Coromandel Peninsula and near Cape Reinga and drought across parts of the ... More >>

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 >>

   

 
 
 
 
 

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