Marine geologists investigating the past behaviour and hazard risk of volcanoes in the Kermadec Arc, northeast of the Bay of Plenty, have discovered two new submarine volcanoes near Raoul Island.
The scientists will return tomorrow from a successful collaborative expedition mounted by the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and the University of Auckland. The 23–day voyage onboard NIWA’s deepwater research vessel Tangaroa investigated volcanoes on the two largest Kermadec Islands – Raoul and Macauley – and their submerged flanks.
The IPCC has just released the Summary for Policymakers of its Working Group 3 report Climate Change 2007: Mitigation of Climate Change. This summary was approved at a plenary in Bangkok, Thailand, this week.
New Zealand scientists have contributed to a major milestone in the quest to catalogue all of Earth’s species. The Catalogue of Life, a comprehensive online directory of all known living organisms, has now topped the one million species mark.
Water security, natural ecosystems, and coastal communities are the three sectors most vulnerable to climate change in New Zealand, according to an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report finalised in Brussels last Friday.
Earlier signs of spring, changes in bird migration, and warming lakes and rivers show climate change impacts are already with us, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The Summary for Policymakers from the Fourth Assessment by the IPCC’s Working Group II was approved overnight in Brussels following a plenary session involving government representatives and scientists from more than 130 countries. The summary sets out the working group’s key policy-relevant findings.
Parts of the West Coast of the South Island received a tsunami wave over one metre high as a result of the Gizo (Solomon Islands) tsunami.
Official sea-level gauge results from NIWA show the highest wave height of 1.1 metres occurred at Charleston, near Westport at 20:10 on Monday 2 April (NZST). "Fortunately, this wave occurred around mid-tide on the West Coast," says Dr Rob Bell of the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA).
In its strongest statement yet, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says there is now unequivocal evidence of global warming.
A plenary session involving government representatives and scientists from over 130 countries has just accepted the first in a series of reports which make up the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment, and approved its Summary for Policymakers. This first report, from the IPCC Working Group 1, deals with the physical science basis of climate change.
NIWA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) signed an important bilateral scientific arrangement today.
The arrangement, which is to facilitate scientific and technical cooperation in water resources science, was signed at NIWA’s Wellington offices by United States Assistant Secretary of State Claudia McMurray and NIWA’s Acting Chief Executive Dr Bryce Cooper.