A New Zealand research vessel will set sail from Wellington Harbour this Sunday bound for Chile as part of a major international project to understand and predict the phenomena influencing the world’s climate.
“As New Zealand enters the third day with temperatures soaring into the mid thirties, the significance of this early 2004 heatwave is only being recognised as the official figures are filed,” said Senior Climate Scientist Dr Jim Salinger.
Scientists thought they had seen the last of a drifter buoy lost during an experiment in the Southern Ocean in 1999. But to their amazement, the buoy has turned up halfway around the world in the Falkland Islands – albeit looking a little worse for wear.
If you thought this winter seemed a little more hazardous than usual, you would be right. From floods and droughts to extreme storm surges and magnitude 7 earthquakes, this winter outstripped last year for the sheer numbers of natural hazards.
Forty years ago anglers in New Zealand were actively encouraged to ‘kill eels on sight’. Although the attitude towards eels has changed significantly since then, it has not stopped our native longfinned eel stocks declining, mirroring the global downward trend in freshwater eel recruitment.
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.
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).
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.