We are developing web-based tools to enable New Zealanders to interact with and use knowledge generated by our research.
Project leader: Ross Vennell, Cawthron Institute
Duration: April 2016 – November 2019
We are developing interactive web-based applications that will help inform management and decision-making in the marine environment. These tools will potentially be used by regional councils, government policy-makers, iwi and commercial fisheries.
- Ocean Plastic Simulator - this educational online tool allows users to explore how the ocean and coast are connected by ocean flows. It is based on ocean modelling data. Users can drop virtual plastic into the ocean and discover where it will end up.
- Another tool will show how management decisions in the Tasman and Golden Bay region may affect the marine environment and influence the scallop fishery. It will help users understand how their management decisions could impact the productivity and quality of the marine environment. The application uses a ‘Bayesian Network’ to connect environmental management strategies with ecosystem properties. This web-based tool is currently testing and development and is expected to be available online in 2019.
- Tracking plastics in our marine environments, 14 November 2019, hosted via Zoom video conferencing
LEARNZ virtual field trip 2018
- Video: The motion of the ocean - Ross Vennell explains what causes ocean currents and why these are important
- Video: Plastic and the ocean - Heni Unwin and Ross Vennell discuss why plastic can cause such a problem in marine environments
- Video: Virtual plastic tracker - Heni Unwin introduces an online plastic tracking app people can use to find out where plastic can end up when it is dropped into the ocean
Latest news and updates
The latest Resource Management Journal is a special issue about our collaborative research into how management of cumulative effects (CE) can be improved. It includes a suite of co-developed recommendations and guidance regarding how to progress work on CE management in Aotearoa.
A web-based interactive tool tracks how floating plastic waste moves around New Zealand's coastline. Initially designed as an educational tool for schools, the Ocean Plastic Simulator also has potential for environmental and biosecurity monitoring, and aquaculture.
If you're interested in being involved in co-developing our core research projects and/or want notifications about our Innovation Fund then email sustainableseasNC@niwa.co.nz