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What is known about life in the ocean? Even though it’s the biggest habitat on the planet, most of the ocean remains unexplored biologically. So what do we know? And how does New Zealand’s biodiversity compare with the rest of the world?

From this month [July 2007], the public will be able to download millions of pieces of climate, water resource, and other environmental information for free.

A three-tonne buoy laden with scientific instruments is about to be deployed to collect vital information in Golden Bay.

NIWA is expanding its urban air quality team. The group carries out research into the processes controlling air pollution in urban environments and investigates methods of managing or mitigating its effects. We also provide air quality monitoring and consultancy services to government and industry throughout NZ.

Going on a summer holiday to an out-of-the-way place and want to know the tides? Or are you planning a fishing trip, or a beach wedding perhaps?

A CD released this week makes UV information available to the community. UV Atlas allows UV intensities in different parts of New Zealand to be compared directly, and quantifies long term changes in UV that have occurred in recent years. The product is the culmination of several years of research to make UV information more accessible to the community.

Two high-tech recording buoys shaped like dive tanks will be released into the Pacific Ocean this month by NIWA scientists as part of an international programme to understand and predict phenomena influencing the world‘s climate.

The buoys, worth $35,000 each, will provide real-time measurements of the temperature and salinity of the upper ocean that will help forecast long-term climate change, and events like El Niño and tropical cyclones.

The NIWA meteorological buoy collecting wave and weather data in the Hauraki Gulf was put out of action between midnight and 1a.m. today. Mr Gavin Fisher, Auckland Regional Manager of NIWA, said transmission from the highly sophisticated buoy stopped soon after midnight.

NIWA (the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) today announced its intention to purchase a multi-million dollar super computer which will allow New Zealand environmental scientists to develop new research initiatives at the forefront of global oceanic, atmospheric and climate science.

Crayfish living along the Abel Tasman National Park coastline will be introduced to the silicon chip age later this month.

New Zealand scientists with internationally recognised skills will be teaming up with top level American researchers both in the US and New Zealand to find solutions for environmental problems common to both countries.


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