NIWA scientists Dr Andrew Swales, Dr Rob Bell and Dr Drew Lohrer wrote a chapter on estuaries for the NZ Coastal Society sea-level rise special publication in late 2020 called Estuaries and lowland brackish habitats.
Eutrophication refers to increasing levels of plant nutrients in a water body, and increasing risks that algae and aquatic plants will growth to nuisance levels and degrade water quality.
At night, in the NIWA lab in Hamilton, lamprey have been climbing structures to help scientists understand how they can navigate waterways.
A new programme at NIWA will focus on finding ways to protect our freshwater species now and in the future.
In this edition we welcome Dr Simon Woodward to the team and find out how he came to work at NIWA.
NIWA and the Sustainable Coastlines charitable organisation are collaborating to develop ‘source-to-sea’ methods to trace the movement of litter from stormwater systems, through rivers, to coastlines.
The seawater in the New Zealand region is significantly warmer than it was 30 years ago. All indications are that the warming trend will continue.
New Zealand's estuaries were once sandy, forest-lined gems.
The extent of NZ’s seagrass meadows has declined substantially in the last 50 years. This has been most evident in estuaries strongly affected by human activities. But seagrass meadows can be restored and NZ has a local example to prove it.
Fine sediment is NZ’s most widespread contaminant, degrading ecosystems and impairing recreational, cultural and aesthetic values in our rivers, estuaries, and coastal seas.
Fine sediment is New Zealand’s most widespread water contaminant, degrading ecosystems, infilling dams and reservoirs and impairing recreational, cultural and aesthetic values in our rivers, estuaries and coastal seas.
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Coastal and Estuarine Physical Processes Scientist
Principal Scientist - Coastal and Estuarine Physical Processes