Check out a few recent views from our UAV (drone) surveys of reefs uplifted by the Kaikōura earthquake and read more in the recent Stuff article here It was also great to see some international interest in this work.See a recent article in a German magazine focussing on New Zealand here
As part of the National Sustainable Seas Tipping Point Challenge, MERG joined a bunch of other scientists from all around New Zealand for a 10-day excursion into the Marlborough Sounds in 2018. On this trip, the teams conducted brief surveys of the Sounds rocky and sandy subtidal environments. Check out our video below!
Our discovery of whitebait spawning sites in Kaikōura streams (see Recover Issue 3) ended with a twist in Waikoau / Lyell Creek when we realised that the eggs were unlikely to hatch. Thanks to Pete Adams at Environment Canterbury we came up with an engineering experiment in the form of a temporary closure — the reverse of mechanical stream openings that are routinely used to alleviate flood waters backing up after natural river mouth closures. In this case we temporarily blocked the mouth with gravel to raise the water level around 40… Read More
RECOVER is collecting data on recovery of the natural environment with a focus on the short to mid-term prospects for key species and habitats along the coast. We are particularly interested in understanding the nature of earthquake impacts, detecting barriers to a full recovery, and investigating how long it might take. Why?RECOVER is aimed at helping the coastal environment return to a ‘new-normal’ following the earthquakes. As we already know the earthquakes have caused massive changes, RECOVER focuses more on what happens next. Some main themes of the project include predicting the… Read More