Baring Head Atmospheric Research Station

The Baring Head Atmospheric Research Station, which has been in operation for almost 50 years, makes significant contributions to our global understanding of greenhouse gases, other trace gases and related species in air that is representative of the mid latitude southern hemisphere.

The internationally recognised site contributes to global scientific studies into climate change and our impact on the earth's atmosphere. The air arriving at this site in a southerly condition has originated from areas of no human activity and therefore is not influenced by any local activity. 

Baring Head video

In the video below, Principal Technician Gordon Brailsford and Atmospheric Scientist Katja Riedel talk us though how greenhouse gases are measured at the Baring Head Atmospheric Research Station near Wellington, NZ.

What is greenhouse gas and how is it measured? from NIWA on Vimeo.

The Baring Head station, which overlooks Cook Strait, has been operating since 1972 and the data collected there makes significant contributions to our global understanding of greenhouse gases. [Dave Allen, NIWA]
NIWA's Baring Head monitoring station (Dave Allen)