Making Waves - August 2019

Kia ora and welcome to the August issue of Making Waves – a snapshot of some of the fascinating and valuable work being carried out by the scientists of NIWA’s Ocean Science Platform.

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Measuring water quality from the air

New Zealand’s marine domain is more than 21 times the area of our land, and that is a huge area to look after. However, a NIWA research project testing new approaches to measuring water quality has found that specialist optical sensors mounted on drones that detect the play of light on water can be used to measure and map large areas of shallow water habitat.