NIWA scientists are part of a team hoping to answer questions about how climate change might affect disease rates in New Zealand, such as those caused by pathogens like Cryptosporidium and Campylobacter, two major causes of disease in New Zealand.
Heavy metals, released by wear on tyres and brake pads, are washed off roads and can contaminate rivers, streams and harbours. NIWA has recently completed a study to measure how much copper and zinc is discharged in road runoff, and how well different stormwater devices remove these contaminants from runoff.
The Motu River, in the eastern part of North Island, is the first of NZ’s so-called ‘wild and scenic rivers’. However, its upper catchment seems likely to be the focus of dairy expansion. NIWA scientists have been looking at the likely impacts of this change in land use.