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Ministry for the Environment (MfE) is our premier sponsor for New Zealand’s first Startup Weekend Environment.

Inspiration for your Startup Weekend ideas

We’ve asked some of the MfE staff what kind of issues they would like startups to solve. Some awesome thought-starters here:
http://www.slideshare.net/DavidClearwater/inspiration-for-startup-weekend-environment-from-mfe

Interested in some mighty datasets?

Jackie Le Roux, from their Environmental Science and Systems Monitoring team has pulled together a list of environment-related datasets that you might be able to utilise for your idea (or use to generate your idea!).

Marine

  1. https://data.mfe.govt.nz/table/2523-annual-mean-sea-level-relative-to-land-19002013/data/
  2. https://data.mfe.govt.nz/table/3509-mean-chlorophyll-a-concentrations-and-anomalies-19972016/data/
  3. https://data.mfe.govt.nz/table/3507-maximum-latitudinal-extent-of-selected-key-non-indigenous-species/data/ (& other non-indigenous marine species data sets)
  4. https://data.mfe.govt.nz/table/3475-hectors-and-maui-dolphin-deaths-19212015/
  5. https://data.mfe.govt.nz/document/1719-ocean-storms-report-geotiffs/

Atmosphere & Climate

  1. https://data.mfe.govt.nz/table/2596-water-physical-stocks-for-selected-measures-19952014/data/
  2. Climate oscillations: https://data.mfe.govt.nz/table/2592-southern-annular-mode-18872014/data/
  3. https://data.mfe.govt.nz/table/2591-annual-average-interdecadal-pacific-oscillation-index-18712013/data/
  4. https://data.mfe.govt.nz/table/2590-the-annual-soi-compared-with-new-zealands-detrended-temperature-series-19092013/data/
  5. https://data.mfe.govt.nz/table/2589-el-nino-southern-oscillation-index-19092013/data/
  6. https://data.mfe.govt.nz/table/2585-days-with-wind-gusts-greater-than-gale-force-197513/data/
  7. https://data.mfe.govt.nz/table/2579-annual-glacier-ice-volumes-19782014/data/
  8. https://data.mfe.govt.nz/table/2574-annual-growing-degree-days/data/
  9. https://data.mfe.govt.nz/table/2564-global-greenhouse-gas-emissions-19902011/data/

Land

  1. https://data.mfe.govt.nz/table/2483-estimated-long-term-soil-erosion-average-volume-of-soil-erosion-by-region-2012/data/
  2. https://data.mfe.govt.nz/table/2477-modelled-population-responses-of-rats-and-stoats-to-mast-seeding-events/data/
  3. https://data.mfe.govt.nz/table/2478-land-cover-area-of-land-cover-1996-2001-2008-and-2012/data/
  4. https://data.mfe.govt.nz/table/2547-bird-species-on-public-conservation-land-occupancy-of-indigenous-and-exotic-bird-species-in-forest-and-non-forest-ecosystems-2013/data/
  5. https://data.mfe.govt.nz/table/2486-rare-ecosystems-threat-status-of-rare-ecosystems-by-ecosystem-class-2014/data/

And if you want spatial data, you can find it here:
https://data.mfe.govt.nz/data/category/environmental-reporting/

And if you want to know more, there’ll be folk from Ministry for the Environment around over the weekend.

Thanks MfE!

David Clearwater