Making Waves - August 2019

The August 2019 edition of NIWA's Making Waves publication.

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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In this issue

  • Ambitious NIWA-led Antarctic Ocean project gets go-ahead

    NIWA is to lead a new six-year project aimed at improving understanding of how the Antarctic oceans work.
  • Tangaroa open day attracts hundreds of visitors

    NIWA’s research vessel RV Tangaroa opened its gangway, decks and doors to an excited public in Dunedin last month.
  • Stitching together a new view of the seafloor

    Combining multibeam bathymetry, specialist GIS software and high-resolution camera footage, NIWA has produced startlingly vivid three-dimensional photo-mosaics of undersea habitats.
  • 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.
  • NIWA dives deep at Otago Museum exhibition

    A NIWA ocean science display at Otago Museum's James Cameron – Challenging the Deep Exhibition is attracting keen public interest.
  • NIWA connection with huge international Ocean Discovery win

    A multinational team of hydrographers, geologists and ocean mapping experts, including a NIWA marine geologist, has won the US$4 million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE for the development of an autonomous system able to map the seafloor over long periods of time.