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By Daniel Collins

For those with an interest in how decadal shifts in climate affect our rivers, as Ross wrote about previously about the IPO, NIWA has a press release on the same work:

In 2000, the IPO changed back to the negative phase (as for 1945-77). ‘The whole of South Island is drier now. If you had to make a guess about the coming 10 years, expect a slightly drier South Island. It certainly affects Canterbury and has implications for the design of irrigation and hydro power schemes,’ says Dr Woods.

Ross will be presenting his work on Wednesday afternoon at the HydroSoc conference at Te Papa.