Air Quality

Understanding urban air through community-based monitoring programmes and measuring atmospheric air pollution.

  • Scientists bring in schoolchildren to help with air quality research

    Media release
    Pupils at a Central Otago primary school are helping NIWA air quality scientists learn more about pollution in their town in a four-month project that will track where smoke comes from and where it goes over winter.
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    Mass Spectrometry techniques and measurements

    A wide range of mass spectrometry techniques and measurements are available for air, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide, water, carbonates, organics, and other specific isotopes.
  • Blog: atmospheric research - 5 March

    5 March 2018Sean Hartery, a PhD student from Canterbury University based at NIWA, is collecting samples and data for two main areas of atmospheric research while he is out here in the Ross Sea: ice nuclei and aerosols.
  • Blog: atmospheric gas measurements - 21 February

    21 February 2018John McGregor from NIWA checks on the instruments that measure atmospheric gases throughout our voyage.
  • Monitoring air quality in your neighbourhood

  • Profile: Wills Dobson - small town, huge horizons

    Feature story
    If it wasn't for a damaged shoulder, Wills Dobson wouldn't be launching weather balloons or fixing high-precision atmospheric measuring instruments.
  • Air quality monitoring with low-cost sensors

    NIWA provides ambient air quality monitoring services using low-cost ODIN (Outdoor Dust Information Node) sensors.
  • Injy’s Odyssey

    Late 2016, Sir Peter Blake NIWA Ambassador Injy Johnstone travelled to one of NIWA's more remote atmospheric monitoring outposts in the central North Island. Another successful ambassadorship - check it out!
  • Where there’s smoke, there’s air quality scientists

    Media release
    NIWA scientists are now analysing data gathered from an air quality pilot experiment in Rangiora that could revolutionise the way communities can measure and control pollution.
  • Air quality updates during Covid19 level restrictions

    Publication series
    Changes in New Zealand air quality due to COVID-19 level restrictions.
  • Community Observation Networks for Air (CONA): previous projects

    CONA studies in Rangiora in 2015-17 and Alexandra in 2018 have proven that the technologies and methodologies used provide valuable data to support mitigation efforts by local authorities.
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    Presentations from previous air quality workshops

    Presentations from NIWA’s air quality workshops are available on this page.