World Rowing Championships 2010
NIWA provided real-time, localised, event forecasting for the 2010 World Rowing Championships.
NIWA provided real-time observations and localised event forecasting for the 2010 World Rowing Championships which were held at Lake Karapiro. It’s the first time the Championships have been held in New Zealand since 1978, and they were a roaring success. The New Zealand crews won 10 medals at the Championships (three were gold, three silver and four were bronze).
Using real-time data from NIWA’s weather stations on the Karapiro Dam and on a buoy on the course, as well as sophisticated computer modelling, NIWA was able to provide detailed observations and forecasts of the course conditions to help organisers and competitors plan for the international event.
Fortunately, the local conditions were kind to the race officials and only one day of racing was suspended because of strong winds, which made the course too choppy for world-championship level racing.
NIWA Principal Scientist Dr Mike Revell was on site throughout the Championships to provide regular briefings to the event organisers and the FISA (the international rowing federation) officials. That advice included 10-minute observation updates and hourly forecast information about the temperature, wind speed and direction, relative humidity, visibility, rain, cloud, and UV levels.
The forecasting was provided through EcoConnect, NIWA’s environmental forecasting and information service.
NIWA is proud to have been involved in such a high profile international sporting event. The event set a new record for public attendance at a World Rowing Championships with 66,771 spectators coming to Lake Karapiro over the eight day event.