NIWA Australia Pty Ltd, established in Brisbane, Queensland, commenced trading on 1 February 2001. The official launch took place on 26 April at NIWA Australia’s office premises at 527 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills.
The chances of a tropical cyclone affecting the Melanesian countries from southern Papua New Guinea to New Caledonia are higher than usual this cyclone season, according to climate scientist Dr Jim Renwick of the New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).
In February 1999, New Zealand scientists led an international research expedition to the remote Southern Ocean,to artificially initiate an algal bloom by adding dissolved iron to the sea. The results of this expedition are published today in a series of papers in the prestigious scientific journal Nature.
The chances of a remnant tropical cyclone crossing northern New Zealand bringing high winds and heavy rainfall are about average this season, New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) says.
NIWA measurements of atmospheric ozone above Arrival Heights, near Scott Base in Antarctica, have reached the lowest values recorded. On September 30 the ozone level recorded there was 124 Dobson Units (DU) which is a new record low measurement for the site.
An annual monitoring flight over 48 Southern Alps glaciers has revealed that the glaciers’ summer snow lines are the highest they have been for two decades.
Senior NIWA Climate Scientist Dr Jim Salinger and glaciologist Trevor Chinn said today this was the third year in a row where the glaciers had lost ice mass, suggesting that in 1998 the Southern Alps climate abruptly shifted.
French and New Zealand scientists are examining sediments deposited over the last two million years in the offshore Wanganui Basin.
The French scientists are from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the University of Rennes, and they are working with geologists and geophysicists from NIWA (the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research).
Their aim is to study the most recently active submarine faults in the basin and the influence of sea-level changes on the sequence in which the sediment was deposited.
This week, 120 of the world’s leading climate scientists, who are meeting in Auckland, have managed to work through 700 pages of detailed comments about their 750-page draft report which assesses the latest scientific knowledge of global warming and climate change.
The NIWA meteorological buoy collecting wave and weather data in the Hauraki Gulf was put out of action between midnight and 1a.m. today. Mr Gavin Fisher, Auckland Regional Manager of NIWA, said transmission from the highly sophisticated buoy stopped soon after midnight.