Pacific Rim

NIWA’s environmental science contributes to sustainable development and resilience of the Pacific’s natural resources and communities.

Pacific Rim

NIWA’s environmental science contributes to sustainable development and resilience of the Pacific’s natural resources and communities.

We provide applied science and environmental consultancy services to support international development activities, with a particular focus on the Pacific and Asian regions.
See previous and current editions of our Island Update.

Tropical cyclone outlook Nov 2020 - Apr 2021

The NIWA and MetService assessment of named tropical cyclone (TC) activity indicates 8 to 10 named TCs could occur in the Southwest Pacific basin between November 2020 and April 2021. This seasonal outlook is for normal to below normal activity in terms of overall named cyclone systems in the region. 

Weathering new technology in Tonga

There are about 800km between the southern and northern tips of Tonga - and a lot of ocean.

Solutions: Early warning of PNG floods

NIWA has completed a project that aims to help build community resilience against flooding in the Bumbu River and contribute to improving Papua New Guinea’s disaster preparedness in the face of increasing climate-related disasters.

Improved climate information and services in Vanuatu

The construction of improved climate information and services in Vanuatu has posed unique logistical challenges.

Adapting to climate change in Samoa

Muliagatele Filomena Nelson from Samoa's Ministry of Natural Resources  and Environment discusses integrating traditional knowledge when  adapting to climate change in Samoa.