NIWA collects and manages significant amounts of New Zealand's environmental data, particularly in the climate, freshwater, marine and atmosphere domains.
Many of our databases are of national significance and may also contribute to open global datasets maintained in other countries. We maintain data research programmes and a collection of online tools and information services that allow NIWA staff and third parties to discover, assess and effectively make use of data and metadata held, maintained and curated by NIWA. In many cases NIWA is providing and encouraging free and open access to this data through the web and open standard web services.
This page lists NIWA current environmental databases and information services, and typically includes summaries of:
purpose and scope of the database, tool or information service
availability and accessibility and any conditions on access
status of data quality, currency, validity and scope of database records or information service
formats of downloadable data and ways to connect to the data
source of the data and who to contact for more information.
The NIWA Invertebrate Collection (NIC) holds specimens from almost all invertebrate phyla. This is a result of about half a century of marine taxonomic and biodiversity research in the New Zealand region, the South West Pacific and the Ross Sea, Antarctica.
NIWA's Urban Runoff Quality Information System (URQIS) provides planners, engineers and researchers with information about the quality of stormwater from different locations and landuses and under different flow conditions.