Atlantis Ecosystem Modeling in Golden Bays, Tasman and Chatham Rise Regions

Created: 9/26/2016 - Updated: 3/02/2020


Effective species management requires an understanding of species’ response to changing conditions. The Atlantis model, used by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, explores ecosystems to consider impacts of multiple factors. It is currently being used to consider fisheries, climate change, the impacts of pollutants, and habitat damage due to fishing and mining. While Atlantis has been used around the world, this project is focused on effectively modeling the Tasman and Golden Bays region, as well as Chatham Rise. The Tasman and Golden Bays region are home to numerous fisheries (commercial, subsistence, and recreational), aquaculture, tourism and migratory birds. Working with local stakeholders, Atlantis is being used to explore management options to meet potential future outcomes.


Hansen, L.J. 2016. Atlantis ecosystem modeling in Golden Bays, Tasman and Chatham Rise regions. Summary of a project from National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research produced for EcoAdapt’s State of Adaptation Program. Retrieved from CAKE:… (Last updated August 2016)

Project Contact(s)

NIWA, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, is a Crown Research Institute established in 1992. It operates as a stand-alone company with its own Board of Directors and Executive. NIWA's mission is to conduct leading environmental science to enable the sustainable management of natural resources for New Zealand and the planet.


Scale of Project
Regional / Subnational
Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Development (socioeconomic)
Education / Outreach
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Culture / communities
Diseases or parasites
Fishery harvest
Habitat extent
Invasive / non-native species, pests
Ocean acidification
Oxygen concentrations (hypoxia)
Phenological shifts
Range shifts
Species of concern
Water quality
Water temperature