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.
Climate change is one of the defining societal and environmental challenges of the 21st century, for New Zealand and the planet.
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Principal Scientist - Coastal and Estuarine Physical Processes