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A single tidal turbine 10 metres in diameter in the Cook Strait’s Tory Channel could generate enough electricity to power 12 homes, says NIWA scientist Derek Goring.

New Zealand scientist Mike Williams has received $100,000 funding over two years to study how ice shelves respond to climate change in one of the world’s most pristine and least explored parts of Antarctica – and he won’t even need to get his feet wet.

Recent analysis of satellite-based measurements by NIWA scientists shows that record amounts of ozone were destroyed over Antarctica in September this year.

The Foundation for Research, Science and Technology has approved $1.8 million over the next 5 years to address the declining status of New Zealand’s lakes.

NIWA recorded revenue of more than $84 million in the 2002–03 financial year – $3 million more than the previous year, according to NIWA’s annual report, which was tabled in Parliament today.

Measurements by NIWA staff at Scott Base, Antarctica, confirm reports of a large ozone hole this year.

Ever fancied yourself as a climate scientist? Well, now you can have a go at being one with the launch of the world’s largest climate prediction experiment at the Science Museum in London and the BA Festival of Science in Salford on Friday, 12 September 2003 (British Standard Time).

Research that will help restore New Zealand’s streams, rivers, lakes, and estuaries has received $9 million of funding over six years from the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology.

An underwater video camera on wheels is the latest weapon in the war against the introduction of exotic marine species into New Zealand waters.

Natural hazards hit New Zealand with a vengeance last week, with an earthquake, a tsunami, floods, large waves, and gales all making their presence felt.

Improvements to a new seismic hazard model should make estimating the likelihood of future earthquakes and shaking in New Zealand easier, reports the latest Natural Hazards Update, published today from the Natural Hazards Centre.

The severe drought that struck much of New Zealand during the summer and autumn of 2003 has broken.

A new programme underway at NIWA is researching the potential for byproducts and bycatch from the fishing industry, which are currently discarded or used for low-value products such as fishmeal, to be used in the production of skin-care products.

NIWA and Te Papa have signed a new agreement to help improve research for management of New Zealand’s aquatic biodiversity and biosecurity.

A mild winter is expected La Niña developing for winter.

Temperature

Above average temperatures are expected in all districts except the east of the South Island, where above average or average temperatures are expected. Some cold spells typical of winter are also likely, with frosty conditions at times in inland places. Local sea surface temperatures are likely to remain above average during the June–August period.

The 48 Southern Alps glaciers monitored annually by NIWA gained ice mass in the past year.

NIWA Senior Climate Scientist Dr Jim Salinger said today that after analysis of photographs taken on the survey of the glaciers in March it was apparent they had gained much more ice than they had lost during the past year.

The effect of New Zealand’s climate on energy supply and demand will be examined in a new six-year programme worth more than $1 million. The research was announced in the budget last week and will be carried out by NIWA and funded by the Foundation for Research, Science & Technology.

New Zealand could soon add kingfish, groper, kina, lobsters, and eels to its list of successful aquaculture exports. Aquaculture research at NIWA has received $1.5 million a year in funding for six years from the Foundation of Research, Science & Technology.

A technique that collects chemical ‘fingerprints’ from the ear bones of fish to help scientists identify which estuaries they originated from could have important implications for the management of New Zealand’s local fisheries, said an article in the latest issue of Fisheries & Aquaculture Update, published by NIWA’s National Centre for Fisheries and Aquaculture.

When it comes to earthquakes, the December–February quarter was a little quieter in 2002/03 than it was in the previous year, according to a report released today by the Natural Hazards Centre. There were 91 earthquakes of magnitude four and above, compared with 119 in the same period in 2001/2002.

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