Annual average temperature anomaly (1909–2013)

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Temperature change is influenced by changes in atmospheric composition that result from greenhouse gas emissions. It is also linked to atmospheric circulation changes (eg the El Niño southern oscillation). It can have a significant effect on agriculture, energy demand, and recreation. The primary purpose of the dataset is to provide a long time series which represents the nation-scale state of climate with respect to temperature in New Zealand.
Further information can be found in:
Tait, A, Macara, G, & Paul, V. (2014) Preparation of climate datasets for the 2015 Environmental Synthesis Report: Temperature, Rainfall, Wind, Sunshine and Soil Moisture. Prepared for Ministry for the Environment. Available at data.mfe.govt.nz/x/Fwn9AL on the Ministry for the Environment dataservice (data.mfe.govt.nz/).
This dataset relates to the "National temperature time series" measure on the Environmental Indicators, Te taiao Aotearoa website.

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Annual glacier ice volumes (1978–2014)

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A glacier is a body of slow-moving ice, at least one hectare in area that has persisted for two decades or longer. Glacier volume is strongly influenced by climate factors, such as temperature and precipitation. Changes in glacier ice volumes give some indication of changing climate conditions in New Zealand.
This dataset relates to the "Change in glacier ice volume" measure on the Environmental Indicators, Te taiao Aotearoa website.

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Annual glacier ice volumes trend, 1977–2016

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A glacier is a body of slow-moving ice, at least 1 hectare in area that has persisted for two decades or longer. New Zealand has 3,144 glaciers. Most are located along the Southern Alps on the South Island, although Mount Ruapehu on the North Island supports 18 glaciers. New Zealand’s large glaciers are noteworthy for their large debris cover. The exceptions, Franz Joseph and Fox glaciers, are rare examples of glaciers that terminate in a rainforest.
Glacier volume is strongly influenced by climate factors, such as temperature and precipitation, which scientists expect to be affected by the warming climate. Glacial ice is an important water resource. Changes to ice storage and melting can affect ecological and hydropower resources downstream, as well as important cultural values and tourism.
Trend direction was assessed using the Theil-Sen estimator and the Two One-Sided Test (TOST) for equivalence at the 95% confidence level.
More information on this dataset and how it relates to our environmental reporting indicators and topics can be found in the attached data quality pdf.

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Annual glacier ice volumes, 1977–2016

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A glacier is a body of slow-moving ice, at least 1 hectare in area that has persisted for two decades or longer. New Zealand has 3,144 glaciers. Most are located along the Southern Alps on the South Island, although Mount Ruapehu on the North Island supports 18 glaciers. New Zealand’s large glaciers are noteworthy for their large debris cover. The exceptions, Franz Joseph and Fox glaciers, are rare examples of glaciers that terminate in a rainforest.
Glacier volume is strongly influenced by climate factors, such as temperature and precipitation, which scientists expect to be affected by the warming climate. Glacial ice is an important water resource. Changes to ice storage and melting can affect ecological and hydropower resources downstream, as well as important cultural values and tourism.
More information on this dataset and how it relates to our environmental reporting indicators and topics can be found in the attached data quality pdf.

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Annual glacier ice volumes, 1978 - 2020

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Adapted by Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand to provide for environmental reporting transparency. Dataset used to develop the "Annual glacier ice volumes" indicator (available at www.stats.govt.nz/indicators/annual-glacier-ice-vo...).

This dataset measures the total volume of ice in glaciers greater than one hectare in area throughout New Zealand between 1978 and 2020.

Glaciers are iconic indicators of climate change (Mackintosh et al., 2017). Glacier fluctuations are amongst the clearest signals of climate change because glaciers are highly sensitive indicators of the earth’s surface energy balance (Chinn, 1996). The amount of loss seen in two recent extreme mass-loss events for New Zealand glaciers was more likely to have occurred due to anthropogenic climate change (Vargo et al., 2020).

Glaciers provide an important natural resource that supports power generation, primary production, and water resources. Glaciers act as a reservoir of water and are vital for plants and animals dependent on downstream rivers and lakes, particularly throughout drier seasons. Glaciers regulate downstream water temperature, which is important for many aquatic species, including Taonga species. Changes to ice storage and melting can affect ecological and hydropower resources downstream, as well as important cultural values and tourism. Melting glaciers also add to coastal sea level rise, further contributing to the impacts of climate change.

Climate change is causing summer snowlines to rise and glaciers to retreat. A recent survey of all glacier ice in New Zealand found that the North Island glaciers had declined in area by 25 percent since 1988. For glaciers situated close to the limits of where they can exist, like those on Mt Ruapehu (the only North Island glacierised site today), even moderate warming scenarios predicted for the coming decades may lead to their extinction (Eaves & Brook, 2020). Mt Ruapehu is in the Tongariro National Park, which has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status for its cultural and natural values. Ruapehu’s glaciers serve as a cultural reference point for local iwi. For example, the Whangaehu River, which has been recognised as indivisible and a living being, emerges from the Whangaehu Glacier on the east flank of Mt Ruapehu. The loss of glaciers will have a negative impact on culture and historical kōrero.

Between 1978 and 2020 the total volume of glacial ice in New Zealand decreased by 35 percent and the rate of annual loss increased.

The total volume of ice in glaciers in New Zealand decreased from 53.3km3 in 1978 to 34.6km3 in 2020.

The highest annual ice loss occurred in 2018 with 2.7km3 lost. The second highest annual ice loss occurred in both 2019 and 2011, with 2.5km3 lost.

More information on this dataset and how it relates to our environmental reporting indicators and topics can be found in the attached data quality pdf. Summary report available at environment.govt.nz/publications/environment-aotea....

References

Chinn, T. J. (1996). New Zealand glacier responses to climate change of the past century. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 39(3), 415–428. ++doi.org/10.1080/00288306.1996.9514723++

Eaves, S. R., & Brook, M. S. (2020). Glaciers and glaciation of North Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 64(1), 1–20. ++doi.org/10.1080/00288306.2020.1811354++

Mackintosh, A. N., Anderson, B. M., Lorrey, A. M., Renwick, J. A., Frei, P., & Dean, S. M. (2017). Regional cooling caused recent New Zealand glacier advances in a period of global warming. Nature Communications, 8(1). ++doi.org/10.1038/ncomms14202++

Vargo, L. J., Anderson, B. M., Dadić, R., Horgan, H. J., Mackintosh, A. N., King, A. D., & Lorrey, A. M. (2020). Anthropogenic warming forces extreme annual glacier mass loss. Nature Climate Change, 10(9), 856–861. ++doi.org/10.1038/s41558-020-0849-2++

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Annual ground and sea lightning strikes (2001–14)

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Lightning is the discharge of electricity from thunderstorms. Ground strikes can cause significant damage to property and infrastructure, and injure or kill people and livestock. Lightning is often associated with other severe weather events, such as strong wind gusts. Thunderstorms may increase in frequency and intensity with climate change.
This dataset relates to the "Lightning" measure on the Environmental Indicators, Te taiao Aotearoa website.

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Annual growing degree days

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Growing degree days (GDD) is the measure of how much warmth is available for plant and insect growth during a growing season. GDD information helps horticulturists and farmers predict plant growth and stock development. The GDD value changes in response to climate variations, such as El Niño. Long-term changes in GDD are a measure of changing climate conditions.
Further information can be found in:
Tait, A, Macara, G, & Paul, V. (2014) Preparation of climate datasets for the 2015 Environmental Synthesis Report: Temperature, Rainfall, Wind, Sunshine and Soil Moisture. Prepared for Ministry for the Environment. Available at data.mfe.govt.nz/x/Fwn9AL on the Ministry for the Environment dataservice (data.mfe.govt.nz/).
This dataset relates to the "Growing degree days" measure on the Environmental Indicators, Te taiao Aotearoa website.

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Annual maximum three-day rainfall totals (1950–2013

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A three-day rainfall measurement covers a single sustained rain event or a series of shorter events over a three-day period. Such measurements help us understand and prepare for flooding or rain-induced slips that could cause damage.
Further information can be found in:
Tait, A, Macara, G, & Paul, V. (2014) Preparation of climate datasets for the 2015 Environmental Synthesis Report: Temperature, Rainfall, Wind, Sunshine and Soil Moisture. Prepared for Ministry for the Environment. Available at data.mfe.govt.nz/x/Fwn9AL on the Ministry for the Environment dataservice (data.mfe.govt.nz/).
This dataset relates to the "Annual maximum three-day rainfall" measure on the Environmental Indicators, Te taiao Aotearoa website.

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Annual mean sea level (relative to land) (1900–2013)

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Sea-level rise is a consequence of climate change. Increases in global temperature cause ocean waters to expand, and glaciers and ice sheets to melt into oceans. Sea-level rise affects estuaries, coastal wetlands, and intertidal and sub-tidal habitats and species. The increased likelihood of coastal erosion from sea-level rise presents a risk for seaside communities and their infrastructure, and for the marine environment itself, from increased suspended sediments.
This dataset relates to the "Coastal sea-level rise" measure on the Environmental Indicators, Te taiao Aotearoa website.

Table ID 52523
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Annual national electricity generation, total and hydrogeneration, 1974-2013

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29 Sep 2015

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Hydroelectricity is a renewable source of electricity. It makes an important contribution to New Zealand’s energy supply and economy.

This dataset relates to the "Contribution of hydroelectricity to total electricity generation" measure on the Environmental Indicators, Te taiao Aotearoa website.

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