Climate Change

NIWA is conducting a five–year study to map changes in the distribution of plankton species in surface waters between New Zealand and the Ross Sea.
These studies extended NIWA's regional climate modelling work, addressing future changes in drought risk and extreme winds under a warming climate.

Climate data and common terms explaining the causes and effects of climate change.

Projections of how climate change is likely to affect New Zealand.

Large areas of the ocean, such as the north Tasman and Mediterranean Seas, are low in nutrients with only limited growth of phytoplankton, the microscopic plant cells at the base of the food chain.

The next voyage of the NIWA’s deepwater research vessel, Tangaroa, will collect tiny creatures to tackle a big problem.

Human induced climate change is one of the widest-reaching challenges facing New Zealand.

In essence, climate change describes how the average weather patterns over New Zealand, and their extremes, will change from their current state. This change is being predicted as a result of the "global warming" of the Earth, caused by the emission of greenhouse gases.

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