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NIWA’s 28–metre long research vessel Kaharoa, will spend the next month deploying high tech ocean-profiling floats in the mid-Pacific.

NIWA recorded a 5-6 centimetre snowfall at its new monitoring station at Mt Cook overnight.

A three-tonne buoy laden with scientific instruments is about to be deployed to collect vital information in Golden Bay.

NIWA is setting up a national monitoring network to measure snow and ice in New Zealand.

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 first evidence that recent climate change has weakened one the Earth’s natural carbon ‘sinks’ has been published in the journal Science.

New Zealand scientists have taken an important step in developing a new anti-inflammatory drug to relieve millions of gout sufferers.

Researchers from NIWA will be surveying marine habitats in Kaikoura for foreign organisms next week (14–20 May).

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.

MetService and NIWA are currently in joint discussions for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

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.

Changes already observed since 1950 include:

Small islands, including those in the South Pacific, are already experiencing the effects of climate change, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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).

The El Niño event of the latter half of 2006 has now ended.

A trans-Tasman team of scientists is setting out to discover just how much water flows south of New Zealand as part of the world’s largest current, the Antarctic Circumpolar Current.

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.

NIWA is expanding its urban air quality team. The group carries out research into the processes controlling air pollution in urban environments and investigates methods of managing or mitigating its effects. We also provide air quality monitoring and consultancy services to government and industry throughout NZ.


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