Climate, Freshwater & Ocean Science

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A NIWA-led team of marine ecologists are using seal-mounted cameras to get a first-hand view into the behaviour and movements of Weddell seals under the Antarctic ice.

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The Ocean Vacuum cleaner: Salp bloom effects on the carbon cycle and marine food web

The RV Tangaroa headed out to the Chatham Rise on 23 October 2018 for a month long voyage that will focus on the special role sea salps play in carbon cycling, and where they fit in marine food webs off the New Zealand coast.

Volunteers needed to unlock historic weather secrets

NIWA climate scientists are calling for volunteers to unearth weather secrets from the past – including those recorded by members of Captain Robert Scott’s doomed trip to the South Pole in 1912.

Drones watch quake aftermath

NIWA scientists like Leigh Tait were saddened by the human impact of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, but he also says that it provided a “massive natural history experiment”.