Extreme Weather Research Database

In response to the recent severe weather in New Zealand, the Research, Science and Innovation sector is undertaking research activity to support response and recovery activities.


This database will support greater connection and cooperation by helping you identify what research is happening and who is doing it.

This version of the database was published on May 26 2023.

Access the database here:

Extreme Weather Research Database [XLSX, 83 KB]

The database currently contains 36 project entity records.

  • Of these, 28 projects are currently active and 8 have been completed.
  • These 36 projects span 15 research organisations across Aotearoa New Zealand.

The database also includes historically funded extreme weather research in Aotearoa New Zealand.

  • Thus far we have collated 46 funding award records, with the earliest starting in 2008 and the latest scheduled to finish in 2025.
  • The funding awards currently collated and listed in the database span 13 research organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Funding awards currently identified within the database total around NZD $459 million.

Please note that this figure represents the funding awards currently stored in the database and does not reflect the total amount awarded to extreme weather research in Aotearoa New Zealand between 2008 and 2025.

How to include your data

If you’re a researcher undertaking extreme weather-related research, or you’re an organisation funding extreme weather-related research, we’d love to hear from you.

We’ve made it easy to contribute to the database through a secure online submission form administered by MBIE. All you need to do is complete the form, submit it, and we’ll do the rest

To contribute to the database, see the link below. 

Create a submission(external link)

While the majority of the fields are optional, the more data you can provide in your submission, the more useful the database can be for everyone. MBIE and other users of the database are very keen to develop the database in ways the support the science system to do its work.

The fields for other research team members and other organisations involved create more options for collaboration, while the ANZSRC codes provide a useful way of standardising research projects for analysis to support policy decisions. This all provides for a better understanding of what is happening in the research sector.

If any fields are unclear or you are not sure what to put in certain sections, please let us know and we will be happy to assist you.

If you’re an organisation that funds extreme weather-related, we can provide direct assistance to get your data into the database. Get in touch with us at: nzris@mbie.govt.nz

How to update your data

We’ve also made updating the database very simple. You can use the same form you used to submit your initial entry, just select ‘Updating an existing record in the database’ and follow the prompts from there. This will allow you to update your records, for example to add research outputs by adding Local Output IDs.

If you’re updating an existing entry, you will need to know your database submission ID which can be found in the database itself once it is published. Your submission ID can be found in the first column of the database and will begin with ‘EWRD-P-’ followed by 4 numbers.


To make sure the Research Science and Innovation (RSI) sector is well coordinated, able to share ideas and work together the New Zealand Research Information System (NZRIS) led by the Science and Innovation team at MBIE is coordinating a central source of data about extreme weather research and funding. This is intended as a work-in-progress data set primarily for:

  • researchers to find out what research is happening and make connections
  • communities to understand the research response, where it has been directed, and to use research findings where applicable.

The Science and Innovation team is undertaking this work on behalf of the research, science and innovation sector. The data collected aligns with standards set by NZRIS, so that once NZRIS is up and running, this information can be incorporated our national system.

Data is provided by researchers and organisations. This means that the data in this spreadsheet belongs to the researchers and organisations who have submitted it. As it contains information provided voluntarily by researchers and organisations, it is by no means comprehensive. Some fields may be blank either because the data was not available, or the submitter chose not to provide it.

Note that MBIE is not responsible for the accuracy of the data, and we will direct enquiries about specific research activities to the organisation or researcher that provided the data.

Universities New Zealand and Science New Zealand are supporting this work.

Ethical Guidelines for Post-Disaster Research

Beavan, S. (2023) Ethical Guidelines for Post-Disaster Research. Resilience to Nature's Challenges National Science Challenge Information Sheet. March, 2023.

The following linked report provides guidance for researchers, scientists, and engineers who may be required to go into disaster impacted areas to collect data, especially those interacting directly with affected communities and individuals, and response agencies and volunteers.

Ethical Guidelines for Post-Disaster Research(external link) — Resilience to Nature's Challenges National Science Challenge.

Last updated: 26 May 2023