Tagged: Flooding

Climate change complicit in scorching heat, bushfires, flooding and tornadoes of disastrous Australian summer - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Jan 29, 2013

From a natural disaster perspective, Australia is having a much worse year than New Zealand, despite our apparent penchant for earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, flooding, and the occasional crippling winter storm on this side of the ditch. To date, the Insurance Council of Australia has officially declared three natural disasters in 2013 (the Tasmanian bush fires, New South Wales … Read More

Map: Projected effects of climate change on New Zealand freshwaters - Waiology

Waiology Nov 27, 2012

By Daniel Collins Maps are helpful tools in communicating and understanding the potential implications of climate change. We have national maps of projected changes in temperature that show faster warming in the north, and in precipitation that show more rain in the south and west and less in the north and east. We also have national maps of … Read More

The rise and fall of the Heathcote River - Waiology

Waiology Aug 17, 2012

By Daniel Collins It would have been hard to miss the deluge that washed over the country this past week. Otago and Canterbury were particularly affected, with flood damage in Waitaki District estimated at about $1 million. Minor flooding also occurred around Christchurch, with the lower reaches of the Avon, Heathcote and Styx Rivers overflowing their … Read More

The big hydrological OE in New Zealand - Waiology

Waiology Aug 10, 2012

Guest post By Jasper Hoeve, visiting student from the University of Twente, Netherlands I am a third year Civil Engineering student at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. As part of our studies, we have to do an internship at a company relevant to our field. I thought this was a good excuse to travel to the other side of … Read More

Flooding and Landslides Pummel the top of the South Island - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Dec 15, 2011

Tourists stranded by floodwaters in Nelson. Source: The Nelson Mail Rain-laden clouds from the north Tasman sea settled over the top of the south island several days ago, and have been drenching the Nelson and Golden Bay regions ever since. Extreme rainfall has been recorded in Takaka, Richmond and Nelson, with the Kotinga gauge at Takaka recordind an unprecedented 423mm … Read More

Flooded Hard-Drives and Hondas: Economic Implications of Thailands’ Latest Natural Disaster - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Oct 28, 2011

Flooding in Thailand Source: thesun.co.uk Global Economic Hub Thailand is a global manufacturing hub, and a leading exporter of automobiles, electronics, textiles, clothing and food. Exports of goods and services accounting for approximately 70% of Thailands’ GDP in 2010. Tourism has largely recovered following the Indian Ocean tsunami (which claimed more the 5000 lives in Thailand), accounting … Read More

Queensland Flooding: “Australia’s Worst Natural Disaster” - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Jan 12, 2011

Flash Flooding in Toowoomba. Source: Reuters   Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard have called the recent flooding in Queensland the “worst natural disaster in our history”. Three-quarters of the state of Queensland has been declared a disaster zone (source: Brisbane times). Flooding has affected over 200,000 people in the Fitzroy, Burnett, Condamine, Mary and Brisbane … Read More

Flooding, Landslides Force Millions out of Their Homes - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Dec 21, 2010

Can We Blame Climate Change for Flooding in Venezuela & Colombia? In recent weeks, the wettest rainy season in over 40 years has battered Colombia and Venezuela, with flooding and landslides claiming over 200 lives, forcing millions of people from their homes and inundating valuable agricultural crops. Over 1.6 million (nearly 4% of Colombia total population of 45 million) people … Read More

Nor-westers and apricot brandy - Crikey Creek

Daniel Collins Jan 09, 2010

I just returned from an important excursion north to Woodend this morning. I was running out of apricot brandy, a crucial ingredient for periodistas. Apparently the Kiwi palate hasn’t acquired a taste, so liquor stores don’t stock it, let alone know it exists. The Prenzel store had one last bottle. And as I drove there and back, I crossed the … Read More

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