Posts Tagged "NIWA"

Citizen Science – Part two of our interview with NIWA’s Dr Rob Bell

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Blog

In the first part of our interview with Dr Rob Bell, Programme Leader: Hazards & Risk at NIWA, he informed us that in the near future – potentially in just 40 years time – we could be experiencing tides as high as the recent King Tides on a fortnightly basis. Countless images of the February King Tides show flooding of roads, cycleways and land. The novelty factor of driving and cycling through nearly knee-deep water was obviously fun for many, but the novelty will wear thin rather quickly when this becomes a regular occurrence in the near future. Unless kayaks and paddle boards become...

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Citizen Science – February’s King Tides were some of the highest this century! NIWA’s Dr Rob Bell gives us the stats of the King Tides

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Blog

Earlier this month – like gazing into a climate crystal ball – the King Tides gave us the chance to witness what everyday tides might look like in the future as a result of rising sea levels. The unusually high tides made for some great photo opportunities and the fantastic images that many of you shared with us have become the first addition to an important living record – providing valuable information about how sea level rise could affect us. Along with all the keen photographers, scientists too were keeping a close eye on the King Tides. We spoke to Dr Rob Bell, Programme Leader: Hazards...

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Citizen Science – sea level change and what it means for New Zealanders

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Blog

Welcome to the first of our Citizen Science articles around the King Tides Auckland Initiative. Climate change is happening and sea levels are on the rise, but what does it all mean? We chatted to Dr Scott Stephens at NIWA, expert on coastal and estuarine physical processes, about the science behind rising sea levels and what it means for New Zealanders. How do we know that sea levels are rising? Analysis of reliable sea-level gauges worldwide has shown that sea-level has been rising at a steady rate of about 17 cm per century over the last 100–150 years. Modern satellite records collected...

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