NIWA is sponsoring The Hydrological Society & The Meteorological Society of NZ joint conference
The theme of this year’s conference is Water and Weather: Solutions for health, wealth and environment.
The conference is being held in Palmerston North, and will attract scientists, technicians, consultants, hydrologists, climatologists, students, resource managers and many others.
NIWA is sponsoring Aquatic Science at the interface, a joint conference for the:
The conference is being held in Hamilton, for more information see the Aquatic science at the interface website
Many New Zealand lakes are under threat due to changes in land-use and invasions of alien aquatic plants. NIWA's LakeSPI (Lake Submerged Plant Indicators) is a bio-assessment tool for monitoring and reporting on the ecological condition of lakes. The LakeSPI website has been updated with improved functionality.
River flows - October to December 2012
The three month map (on the right) shows that most of the North Island rivers are below or far below normal, together with the northern South Island.
The South Island West Coast rivers were normal to below normal, and Southland and East Coast rivers were normal to above normal.
After 150 years of research, one might assume that we have a fairly complete picture of the invertebrate communities in New Zealand streams and rivers. However new research suggests that high altitude streams have distinctly different, poorly-known, biological communities.
NIWA scientists are presenting work at three national conferences in the next two months, the New Zealand Coastal Society conference 14th – 16th November, the New Zealand Hydrological Society conference 27th – 30th November and the New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society conference,3rd – 7th December.
The three month flow map (on the right) shows that much of New Zealand experienced normal or above normal river flow conditions.