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How will climate change affect plantation forestry in NZ?

New Zealand-grown Pinus radiata will be taller and slimmer in the future according to a new paper¹. While sequestering greater amounts of carbon, the trees will be more exposed to risks from extreme winds and wildfire.


Flexible decision making tactics for climate change

Preparing New Zealand’s primary industries for climate change is an enormous challenge. Uncertainty around the wide range of possible climate change impacts could lead to over-investment in some areas and under-investment in others. To ensure that we can protect our primary industries efficiently, Scion is investigating an analytical tool that gives decision makers the flexibility to plan for a range of climate change scenarios as they unfold.


Building community resilience to climate change

Erosion, low incomes, poor infrastructure and population migration leave many rural communities in New Zealand vulnerable to climate related impacts, and unable to take advantage of opportunities for a better future.


Scientists to test Wellington wind

A team of scientists from GNS Science and NIWA are about to test what makes Wellington so windy and how an area's geography affects the level of wind.


Scientists look at new plants to reduce emissions

AgResearch scientists are looking at whether farmers might be able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by growing high-yielding pasture plants with a lower nitrogen content.


NIWA scientists travel To flood-stricken Australia

NIWA scientists are heading for Brisbane. They will join Geosciences Australia in assessing the impacts of the devastating floods that recently hit eastern Australia.


Convict ship logs give insights into climate science

Weather data salvaged from the diaries of a Northland missionary and Australian first-fleet ships' logs is being used by NIWA scientists in an international effort to improve understanding of climate science.


Rain a gauge of building needs

Years of research by NIWA into extreme weather patterns has led to the development of a database that will assist engineers to know how much rain they should allow for, when designing structures across New Zealand.


Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Heats Up

The New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre is at the heart of a Global Research Alliance backed by over 20 countries such as USA and India.


NZ scientists to gather data for Disaster Plan

Geologists from GNS Science will spend the next six months collecting information on buildings and infrastructure in Pacific Island countries to measure vulnerability and risk from earthquakes and cyclones in the southwest Pacific.


New Science

Soil bacteria may promote tree growth and mitigate climate change

Research into how a group of growth promoting bacteria help plants cope with environmental stress may have major implications for scientists worldwide trying to piece together the full picture of global warming.


Antarctic ozone hole: smallest in five years

Analysis from NIWA's ozone research shows that the Antarctic ozone hole is smaller this year than any of the previous five years.


NZ study pinpoints the final cold snap of the last ice age

A geological study of glaciers in the South Island by GNS Science has finally resolved a long-standing debate about the demise of the last ice age in New Zealand.


Divergent trends in land and ocean temperature in the Southern Ocean

Landcare Research scientists believe climate variations thousands of years ago over Campbell Island may shed light on the future climate of New Zealand.


Man with a mission

How fast is the earth’s climate changing and where do greenhouse gases go? Dr David Crisp is a man with a mission. He is the principal investigator of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) mission at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is working with NIWA, and scientists worldwide to unlock these mysteries.


Collaboration to cut world’s GHG emissions

Five CRIs, two universities, and sector partners are working to put New Zealand’s world leading


NZ's temperatures have risen 1degC since 1931

NIWA scientists say that the analysis of long-term measurements from seven weather stations showing warming was backed up by other observations, including measurements from ships.


Warming through past century unequivocal

NIWA’s analysis of measured temperatures uses internationally accepted techniques, including making adjustments for changes such as movement of measurement sites.


US jet tests gas levels in sweep of NZ atmosphere

US scientists swooped over New Zealand yesterday to measure greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere. The data will be used to calibrate past and future measurements by the NIWA at its Lauder site in Central Otago.


Emissions reduction still Plan A

Geoengineering - or large-scale intervention in the Earth's climate system - remains Plan B, says benchmark Report.


New Value

Palm trees thrived in Antarctica 52 million years ago

Balmy tropical temperatures and frost-sensitive vegetation prevailed on the coast of Antarctica 52 million years ago, according to a study of drill cores from under the seafloor off the coast of Antarctica.


Smartphones used to fight wildfires

Spades and hoses are not the only things that rural firefighters can use to fight wildfires; thanks to Crown Research Institute Scion, they can also use their smartphones.


NIWA weather modelling research aims to improve accuracy

NIWA’s weather prediction model simulated the intense rainfall which fell just north of the capital, and flooded parts of Porirua, on Sunday 27 March. Thirty nine millimetres of rain fell in less than an hour, around 1.00pm.


NIWA to predict extreme weather with $13M computer

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research is trialling new technology in an effort to insure New Zealanders can be ready for extreme weather conditions.


NZ’s leading greenhouse gas certification scheme available in Australia

Landcare Research has signed an exciting licensing partnership with Bureau Veritas, the world's leading independent certification body, to provide the highly successful CEMARS


Predicting success with NIWA supercomputer

Kiwis will have better warnings of floods, droughts and storms now a new supercomputer has been switched on – but don't expect the daily weather forecast to improve.


New $3m accelerator a vital asset to NZ science

A new $3.4 million accelerator mass spectrometer, recently opened at GNS Science represents a major step forward in helping New Zealand understand climate change and its possible impacts.


carboNZero programme rolls out the green carpet

With 8 million tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHG) under management, 170,000 tonnes of GHG offsets undertaken, 275 certifications issued, 250+ organisations contracted to become certified, and international licences in place, the carboNZero programme is without doubt a true New Zealand success story.


Carbon measurement a growth industry

Crown Research Institute Landcare says its carboNZero programme for the reduction and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions is now actively managing 5.57 million tonnes of carbon dioxide -- equivalent to 7 percent of the nation's greenhouse gas inventory.


New alliance boosts Antarctic and climate research

The number of New Zealand organisations comprising the Joint Antarctic Research Institute has risen to three with Crown Research Institute NIWA joining Victoria University and GNS Science in the alliance.


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