Tagged: NIWA

Stunning photos from NIWA scientists - News

John Kerr Oct 12, 2016

Being a scientist out in the field can be hard work, with long days in sometimes uncomfortable (or even dangerous) settings collecting data. But it does come with the opportunity for some unbelievable photos. NIWA, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, has announced the winners of its annual photography competition: From one pole to the other, NIWA scientists work in some of the world’s most … Read More

New Zealand river water quality – good news or bad? - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Aug 11, 2016

Dr Scott Larned Improvements in some components of river water quality are encouraging, but it’s too early to declare victory, says NIWA’s Dr Scott Larned. In a recently published paper in the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, Dr Larned reported ten-year trends in New Zealand river water quality. He tells us what has improved … Read More

2015 hottest year on record - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Jan 21, 2016

It was signposted all year, but North American agencies have confirmed: 2015 was the hottest year since records began in 1880. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) analysis showed that global surface air temperatures continued a long trend upward: 15 of the 16 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001. Globally-averaged temperatures in 2015 surpassed … Read More

Know your shells - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 15, 2016

The fourth is a summer series by NIWA, the Crown research institute If you’re collecting sea shells at the beach this summer and wondering what they are, NIWA is here to help. Sea shells are a hard, protective outer layer created by an animal that lives in the sea. The shells are empty because the animal has died and the … Read More

Bounty from the ocean - Unsorted

Guest Author Jan 14, 2016

Looking for something tasty on your beach for dinner holiday this summer? NIWA scientists have the lowdown on some of the most mouth-watering fish and seafood that are yours for the taking. Pāua The scientific name for New Zealand’s iconic black-footed pāua captures its shape and iridescent hues perfectly: Haliotis iris means ”ear-shell rainbow”. Paua in their shells Pāua … Read More

Sharks of summer - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 13, 2016

The second in a summer series of posts from Crown research institute NIWA Everyone knows they’re out there, but how well do you know your sharks? NIWA looks at four of the most common sharks you’re likely to spot this summer. Bronze whaler (Carcharhinus brachyurus) Bronze whalers are commonly found around the northern half of the North Island over spring and … Read More

2015: The year in weather - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 12, 2016

The first in a summer series of posts from Crown research institute NIWA There were floods, tornados, fires and big waves in another year of big weather for New Zealand. NIWA climate scientists review the inclement highlights month by month. January Highest temperature 36.4°C, at Timaru on 16 January. Lowest temperature 0.4°C, at Lumsden on 21 January. Highest 1-day … Read More

NIWA in astonishing attack on scientist association - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 28, 2015

NZ’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has accused the NZ Association of Scientists (NZAS) of casting doubt on the integrity of NZ’s scientists, and says it will no longer pay membership fees for its staff.  This morning, news broke on Radio NZ National of an internal email within the Crown Research Institute (CRI) NIWA sent … Read More

Heat: 2014 breaks global temperature records, 2015 could be hotter - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jan 18, 2015

Last year was the warmest year on record for the planet, analyses by NASA and NOAA show, and it’s possible that 2015 could be warmer still. 2014 was warmer than previous record holders 2005 and 2010, and comfortably ahead of 1998. 13 of the hottest 15 years on record have all occurred since 2000. Remarkably, […] … Read More