Modelling

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The most detailed seafloor mapping of a coastal region off New Zealand has been completed in Marlborough.
Massive increases in computing power are allowing NIWA scientists to not only analyse more data, faster, but also to envisage completely new experiments.
Tropical cyclones forming in the south-west Pacific are becoming less frequent but those that do form are likely to be more severe.

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.

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NIWA hosted an IPBES workshop entitled “Visions for nature and nature’s contributions to people for the 21st century” held from 4-8 September 2017 in Auckland.
NIWA has developed an Urban Stormwater Contaminant (USC) model to enable urban planners to predict sedimentation and heavy metal accumulation in estuaries and identify problem areas in order to target mitigation measures.

NIWA is developing numerical models for predicting how the morphology of braided rivers responds to flow regulation and invasive exotic woody vegetation.

Bringing together leading scientific organisations and regional councils, this project develops a sophisticated computer modelling framework that will enable users to accurately predict how much freshwater is available, where it has come from, and how quickly it moves in New Zealand catchments.

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Shifting Sands - Tsunami hazard off Kaikoura, NZ

Dr Joshu Mountjoy discusses NIWA's work in assessing the tsunami hazard just south of Kaikoura. 

Find out more about this research. 

NIWA has developed an Urban Stormwater Contaminant (USC) model to enable urban planners to predict sedimentation and heavy metal accumulation in estuaries and identify problem areas in order to target mitigation measures.

Location of Total Carbon Column Network Observing Sites (as of November 2009). GOSAT is the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite.

This schematic shows how greenhouse gas measurements are made for the Total Carbon Column Observing Network at NIWA's Lauder Atmospheric Research Station in Central Otago, New Zealand.

This is a description of technical terms used in the Total Carbon Column Observing Network project page.

NIWA and IBM today announced a multi-million dollar partnership where NIWA will purchase one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers for use in environmental forecasting.

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Principal Scientist - Coastal and Estuarine Physical Processes
Hydro-ecological Modeller
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Principal Scientist - Ecosystem Modelling
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Population Modeller
Principal Scientist - Catchment Processes
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Coastal and Estuarine Physical Processes Scientist
Hydrodynamics Scientist
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Regional Ocean Modelling System (ROMS) Numerical Modeller
Principal Scientist - Atmosphere and Climate
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Marine Physics Modeller
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Freshwater Fisheries Ecologist
Principal Scientist - Fisheries
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Hydrology Scientist
Atmospheric Scientist
Environmental Monitoring Technician
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Catchment Modeller
Hydrodynamics Scientist
Regional Manager - Auckland
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