Scientists from NIWA will be diving in Waikawa Marina, near Picton, on Friday 14 October to check for the presence of an invasive sea squirt, known as the clubbed tunicate (or Styela clava). The work is being conducted for Biosecurity New Zealand so that they can assess the need for further investigation.
A paper to be published in the prestigious science journal, Nature, this week offers a rare piece of good news on climate change but signals that the atmosphere may be more variable than previously suspected.
Over $6000 worth of prizes will be awarded to school students in the Wellington region as part of the 41st annual Wellington Science & Technology Fair, sponsored by the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA).
NIWA’s smaller research vessel, Kaharoa, leaves Wellington tomorrow (Thursday 21 April) on a 2-month voyage to deploy high-tech 'Argo' floats all the way to Hawaii and back.
Already, the crew of Kaharoa have deployed more Argo floats (141 so far) than any other vessel in the world. By the end of this trip, they will have deployed over 200 floats and clocked up over 40,000 nautical miles on Argo missions. That is almost the equivalent of sailing to the UK and back twice. (A round trip to the UK is approximately 24,000 nautical miles.)
For some South Pacific countries near and east of the Date Line the chances of tropical cyclone activity are higher than normal for the November – May season, according to NIWA’s National Climate Centre.