Auckland’s climate plays a key role in shaping our natural environment and how we use it. Auckland Council monitors several climate variables, including temperature (air, freshwater and marine) and rainfall. For many sites we have relatively long data records – rainfall monitoring in Albert Park began back in 1872! They help us understand the patterns we see in other monitoring data. For example, changes in water temperature affect the plants and animals living in that water, and weather patterns have a big role in how air pollution is dispersed. These data sets may now also be useful in monitoring climate change in Auckland.
Climate data is also used to inform civil defence across the region and inform regional planning – for example, assessing flood risks.
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