World class research contributing to our understanding of greenhouse gases, ozone depletion, and urban air pollution.

  • Tracking an eruption

    Feature story
    Stacy Mohan looks at how the shockwaves from a remote Tongan island rippled through NIWA’s research community.
  • NIWA celebrates its Science New Zealand Award winners for 2021

    Government scientists celebrated their 2021 award winners at the annual Science New Zealand awards celebration virtually this year.
  • Quantifying and reducing agricultural emissions of greenhouse gases

    Research Project
    Almost half of Aotearoa New Zealand’s CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture. This is a much higher proportion than most other countries – globally, agricultural emissions average around 7.5% of a country’s total emissions.
  • Opening windows and doors “one of the best ways” to remove Covid-19 from classroom air

    Media release
    One of the best ways to reduce the likelihood of Covid-19 being transmitted in Aotearoa New Zealand classrooms is simply by opening doors and windows to create natural ventilation, say NIWA air quality experts.
  • It’s the warmest winter on record - again

    Media release
    Aotearoa New Zealand has just experienced its warmest winter on record – well exceeding the previous record which was set just last year.
  • Scientists reveal how landmark ban gave planet fighting chance

    Media release
    Without the global CFC ban we’d already be facing the reality of a “scorched earth”, according to researchers measuring the impact of the Montreal Protocol.
  • Searching southern skies

    Feature story
    For a small group of unassuming buildings nestled amongst the wide-open spaces of the Maniototo, the Lauder Atmospheric Research Station punches well above its weight.
  • NIWA establishes first Antarctic GRUAN site

    Feature story
    A NIWA-led collaboration is seeing atmospheric measurements taken from Antarctica’s Ross Island added to a highly respected international climate data reference network.
  • Happy diamond anniversary for some laudable work

    Media release
    A Central Otago scientific research station with a globally revered reputation is marking its 60th anniversary.
  • Community Air Watch Arrowtown

    Research Project
    Community Air Watch Arrowtown enables members of the public to use new technologies to participate in studies of air quality.
  • Schools Air Watch

    Research Project
    Schools Air Watch enables school classes to use new technologies to participate in a study of air quality in their own community.
  • Community Air Watch Invercargill

    Research Project
    Community Air Watch Invercargill enables members of the public to use new technologies to participate in studies of air quality.