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A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. 

As the Tasman Tempest headed east off New Zealand today, it’s time to look at the statistics and see how many records it washed away.

NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll says parts of the upper North Island have received more rain in two days than normally falls for the entire month.

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.

Summer officially ends tomorrow but for Wellingtonians it feels like it’s only just getting started. NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll explains what went wrong.

Huge mudslides from November’s earthquakes have wiped out all organisms living in the seabed of the Kaikōura Canyon.

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
The effects of climate change on fish are being studied in a world-first trial at NIWA’s Bream Bay marine science centre.

We examine how the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge plans to enhance the use of marine resources within biological constraints.

New Zealand’s mangrove swamps and coastal marshes may be particularly adept at absorbing and storing the carbon we emit.

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.
New Zealand’s forests and other land areas may be absorbing up to 60% more carbon dioxide than has been calculated, with much of this uptake likely occurring in native forests, NIWA scientists have discovered.
Newly published research shows regional climate variability caused an “unusual” period in which some of New Zealand’s glaciers grew bigger, while glaciers worldwide were shrinking.
A voyage to the Kermadec Islands has resulted in the discovery of many species either new to science or not previously found in the area.
Near average tropical cyclone numbers for the remainder of the season.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.

New Zealand’s coast is sculpted by ocean waves. Some wave conditions bring joy to surfers and beachgoers, but, at other times, waves can cause major hazards at sea or along the shore.

A NIWA scientist is calling for greater protection of submarine canyons around New Zealand as their rich marine life comes under increasing threat from human activity.
A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions have the potential to develop into drought.
Barb Hayden is never far from the sea. In fact, it’s been a constant in her life—a personal and professional passion.

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