Climate change and the New Zealand marine environment

How will climate change affect the New Zealand marine environment?

This NIWA report for the Department of Conservation:

  • summarises the state of scientific knowledge as at October 2007
  • highlights some immediate actions which could be taken in response
  • identifies further research required

The possible climate change effects investigated in the report are:

Direct climate change effects

  • Sea-level rise
  • Changing wind & rainfall patterns
  • Ocean acidification
  • Changing ocean current patterns
  • Ocean warming

Indirect climate change effects

  • Changing primary production
  • Algal blooms
  • Vulnerability to invasive species
  • Vulnerability to diseases and parasites

Climate Change & Marine Environment Report (PDF 2.5 MB)