Southwest Pacific climate
NIWA undertakes climate services and research in and about the Southwest Pacific under the Climate Present and Past project.
- The Island Climate Update is a monthly bulletin which works with Pacific Island Meteorological Services and produces a three-month forecast for many island nations.
- The NIWA Tropical Cyclone Outlook is released before the start of the Southwest Pacific tropical cyclone season (around October) each year. This outlook provides an estimate of tropical cyclone numbers for the season ahead, taking into account antecedent climate conditions such as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation and past seasons with similar characteristics. The outlook is compiled with assistance from other New Zealand and regional partner organisations.
- Marsden Fund-supported work in Aitutaki, Cook Islands which analysed carbonate (coral, otoliths, clam shells) to create a climate chronology for the island.
- Kauri dendroclimatology
- The effect of the Madden-Julian Oscillation on New Zealand’s weather regimes
- Climatology of ex-tropical cyclone occurrence for Auckland
Click on the thumbnails below for more information about different aspects of Southwest Pacific climate and the work we do in each area in the Climate Present and Past project.