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NIWA scientists are hoping they may one day be able to “listen” to kelp forests in the waters around New Zealand to find out how they are faring.
A chance find by a woman walking on a Northland beach is now helping scientists learn more about mako sharks.
There are no currently no hotspots, but an area to monitor is in the southern Hurunui District in northern Canterbury.
Research conducted after the 2016, 7.8 magnitude Kaikōura earthquake has provided scientists with an extremely rare opportunity to understand the processes that shape submarine canyons.
This year, NIWA completed a project that aims to help build community resilience against flooding in the Bumbu River and contribute to improving Papua New Guinea’s disaster preparedness in the face of increasing climate-related disasters.
Coastal communities around New Zealand are getting a say on how to respond to sea-level rise, and NIWA is helping them.
As temperatures drop over winter months, many Kiwis turn to their fireplaces to heat their homes. However, most of us are not fully aware of the immense impact that wood burning can have on people and the environment.
What happens when the contribution from seasonal snow and ice melt changes in a warmer world?
New Zealand is a land of erosion. We’re losing about 192 million tonnes of soil a year, according to the latest report Our Land 2018, from the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics NZ.
As part of a Pacific-wide study, NIWA is measuring the survival rate of sharks returned to the sea by commercial tuna fishers.
Farmers visiting Fieldays at Mystery Creek in June could not have missed the take-home message: that science and innovation are key to their continued success.
As a child growing up in Dunedin, Juliet Milne was always a sporty, “outdoorsy” type.
A NIWA scientist who spent years poring over handwritten scientific notes stored in about 50 large wooden drawers, has seen the fruits of her labour now being used in ways she never imagined.
Once, or twice a year, when the tides and moon align, the brightly coloured jewel anemone will spawn, sending trails into the ocean in a spectacle that few get to witness.
The new science season at Antarctica is just a few days away from opening and NIWA researchers are busy packing containers and shipping them to the ice where they will be reunited with them in the coming months.
A NIWA-led team has today been awarded a multi-million dollar research grant that will help drive major advances in understanding of New Zealand’s carbon emissions and uptake
A cool start to spring is about to be replaced by a sudden burst of warmth, according to NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll.
Students have been combing their creative and practical sides in the lead up to this year’s NIWA North Harbour Science and Technology Fair.
Students are a sceptical lot going by the entry titles into this year’s NIWA Wellington Regional Science and Technology Fair.
The most detailed seafloor mapping of a coastal region off New Zealand has been completed in Marlborough.

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