Posts tagged "National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research"

Looming heatwave a worry for Marlborough Sounds marine farmers

[25 January/Stuff] Marine farmers are “at the mercy of mother nature” as a looming heatwave threatens to lift water temperatures for a second successive year. National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) are predicting temperatures to rise across the country over the coming week, impacting sea-surface temperatures. The warning comes after New Zealand King...

Funding gives water studies certainty

[27 June/ Farmers Weekly] National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) Head Freshwater Scientist, John Quinn said researchers had been concerned about whether studies to provide long term data on the impact the dairy industry was having on water systems would continue to get funding, given the nature and lengthy period of the studies....

Facing up to climate change

 [10 May/ NZ Herald] National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research data showed that New Zealand’s average temperature has increased by about 0.9 degrees Celsius over the past 100 years. Scion Research Principal Scientist, Tim Payn said the forestry sector would be affected by an increase in erosion due to more frequent storms. Mr Payn...

El Nino still climate driver

 [14 January/ Rural News] National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Principal Forecasting Scientist, Chris Brandolino said that despite recent rain improving soil moisture, the El Nino weather pattern will still be the main climate driver for the next three months or more. Mr Brandolino explained that although El Nino is now weakening, it peaked...

‘Super’ El Nino on the cards

[2 December/ Rural News] According to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, current El Nino conditions are on track to be at the same level as the 1997/98 event, which was the strongest since 1950. NIWA Climate Scientist, Petra Chappell said rainfall is forecasted to be below normal for the next three months....

Intense El Nino underway

[19 October/ Radio NZ Rural] National Institute of Water and Atmospheric (NIWA) Research Forecaster, Chris Brandilino said most parts of the country has been drying out over the past two weeks, with El Nino conditions predicted to be the second most intense since 1950. Mr Brandilino said heavy rain and flooding in parts of the...

Biggest El Nino in 18 years could be costly, based on history

[2 October/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Forecaster, Chris Brandolino expected the current El Nino weather pattern to be the biggest since 1997/98 and believed it is to intensify over the next three months, costing the economy hundreds of millions of dollars. According to the New Zealand Institute of...

Farmers suffer in drought-stricken pocket of North Canterbury

[22 September/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] According to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, the North Canterbury district of Hurunui has received less than 40 percent of its average rainfall so far this year, the lowest ratio in the country. Hawarden Farmer, Dan Hodgen said the district received less than one millimetre of...

Farmers face water restrictions as El Nino develops

[3 December/ NZ Herald] According to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, an El Nino weather pattern that lead to dry conditions on the East Coast of the North and South Islands may be imminent. Officials have restricted water flow from the Opuha dam in South Canterbury that irrigates 16,000 hectares of land,...

Doubts are growing over new El Nino striking NZ

[30 June/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Blue Skies Weather director and meteorologist, Tony Trewinnard, said that predictions of an El Nino event earlier in 2014 were early and alarmist, given the length of time required to gather data to establish a pattern for such an event. National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, NIWA, weather ambassador...