NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 16 January 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 16 January 2019

Across the South Island, soil moisture levels generally decreased slightly in most locations, although small improvements were observed in Tasman and Buller District during the past week.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 9 January 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 9 January 2019

The driest soils in the North Island compared to normal are currently found in the eastern Far North District, around New Plymouth, and coastal Horowhenua. Across the South Island, soil moisture levels generally increased in Southland and the lower West Coast and remained constant or slightly decreased elsewhere.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 19 December 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 19 December 2018

The driest soils across the North Island compared to normal for this time of year are found across the Far North and Kaipara Districts in Northland, western Auckland, around New Plymouth, in the Central Plateau, and along west coastal Manawatu-Whanganui.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 12 December 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 12 December 2018

Across the North Island, soil moisture levels generally decreased during the past week due to lower than average rainfall for this time of year.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 6 December 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 6 December 2018

With the rainfall amounts anticipated in the next week, additional soil moisture improvements are likely parts of the central and eastern North Island with the greatest potential for soil moisture increase from the eastern Bay of Plenty through to the Hawke’s Bay regions, particularly in the higher terrain.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 29 November 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 29 November 2018

In the North Island, another week of substantial rainfall is likely in many areas, which could lead to further soil moisture improvements. With substantial rainfall amounts anticipated in the next week, additional soil moisture improvements are likely in the northern half of the North Island.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 21 November 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 21 November 2018

Across the South Island, soil moisture levels generally did not change substantially in northern areas this past week, but soils in central and southern areas continued to get much wetter than normal thanks to more heavy rainfall in recent days.

California Fire Survivors Brace for Debris-Filled Mudslides

California Fire Survivors Brace for Debris-Filled Mudslides

“Once it starts raining hard on a burn area, the things can get generated really fast, like five minutes,” says Kean.The debris flow can carry boulders and trees along with mud, making it more dangerous than a regular flood or a dry landslide.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 7 November 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 7 November 2018

Although flooding is likely in the West Coast due to the upcoming heavy rainfall, this will also mean significant increases in soil moisture levels across much of the South Island during the next week.

Reducing sedimentation

Reducing sedimentation

While soil erosion and sedimentation are entirely natural processes, the rates increased markedly due to loss of forest landcover with the arrival of people in New Zealand, says Dr Swales.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 14 November 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 14 November 2018

With the rain amounts expected in the east and north, soil moisture levels are anticipated to improve in the next week, while soil moisture should stay near constant or slightly decrease in the rest of the island where many locations will see total rain amounts less than 15mm.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 31 October 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 31 October 2018

An area of low pressure south of the country will bring a threat for heavy rain to the West Coast on Friday evening and Saturday with rainfall of 50-100 mm possible.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 24 October 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 24 October 2018

Parts of Queenstown-Lakes District in Otago, the Grey and Buller Districts in the West Coast, northeastern Marlborough, and the Waimate District in southern Canterbury experience well below average rainfall for this time of year, while the rest of the island had near normal rainfall.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 17 October 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 17 October 2018

The current pattern of higher than normal pressure and prevailing westerlies, bringing generally dry conditions especially in the east, is expected to continue over the next seven days.

What the world needs now to fight climate change: More swamps

What the world needs now to fight climate change: More swamps

Wetland soil carbon, accumulated over millennia and now being released to the atmosphere at an accelerating pace, cannot be regained within the next few decades, which are a critical window for addressing climate change.

Melting Arctic Could Rapidly Unlock 'Deep Carbon' Buried in Permafrost

Melting Arctic Could Rapidly Unlock 'Deep Carbon' Buried in Permafrost

Arctic lakes could release a vast reservoir of ancient carbon buried deep under the permanently frozen ground, or permafrost, thereby accelerating climate change.

Unexpected future boost of methane possible from Arctic permafrost – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Unexpected future boost of methane possible from Arctic permafrost – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

"The mechanism of abrupt thaw and thermokarst lake formation matters a lot for the permafrost-carbon feedback this century," said first author Katey Walter Anthony at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, who led the project that was part of NASA’s Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE), a ten-year program to understand climate change effects on the Arctic.

News Article: Healthy soils are essential to achieve Zero Hunger, peace and prosperity

13 August 2018, Rio de Janeiro - Improving the health of the world's soils is essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, including Zero Hunger and combating climate change and its impacts, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, today told participants of the World Congress of Soil Science.

Can Grasslands, The Ecosystem Underdog, Play an Underground Role in Climate Solutions?

Can Grasslands, The Ecosystem Underdog, Play an Underground Role in Climate Solutions?

My favorite baseball teams, the Royals and the Cubs, reminded us of this over the last two years, and prairies (the underdog in the world series of ecosystems) proved this again recently in an analysis demonstrating that grasslands have a role to play in our climate change solutions (Ahlering et al.

Like to Eat? Then You Should Care About Biodiversity

Like to Eat? Then You Should Care About Biodiversity

Through the implementation of healthy agricultural systems in Colombia, The Nature Conservancy and partners are demonstrating that biodiversity can increase ecosystem’s productivity and its long-term growth.