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Antarctic Ecosystems Voyage highlights

The voyage was a joint project between New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and the Australian Antarctic Division, supported by Antarctic New Zealand and NZ Government ministries, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), Ministry for the Environment (MfE), and the Australian Government’s Department of Environment.

Great white shark - Pip

The second of our series on New Zealand great whites we’re introducing you to Pip. She’s a recent addition to our tagging programme and is a decent size at 3.3 metres long.

See NIWA scientists talking about their work, along with fascinating animations and underwater footage.

New Zealand's best job?
NIWA environmental monitoring technicians Evan Baddock and Eric Stevens venture deep into Fiordland, NZ to monitor river and lake levels in the area.
Ozone sonde launch - captured by a drone
Atmospheric scientist Richard Querel talks us through an ozone sonde launch at NIWA's atmospheric research facility in Lauder, Central Otago.
Ozone research at Lauder
Atmospheric scientist Richard Querel discusses the importance of the ozone research that is undertaken at NIWA's atmospheric research facility in Lauder, Central Otago.
GRUAN certification for NIWA
NIWA’s Lauder Atmospheric Research Station, near Alexandra in Central Otago, is part of a select group of research stations with GRUAN-certified measurement programmes.
Researching NIWA's Antarctic sea ice
NIWA marine physics technician Brett Grant gives a tour of our Antarctic field camp and explains how we are conducting research into sea ice in the coldest place on the planet.
Rain, Sandflies and Takahē
Takahē Valley in the Murchison Mountains is home to a successful Takahē recovery project run by the Department of Conservation.
Demonstration of CLUES Estuary Tool
The CLUES Estuary Tool predicts the effects of land use changes on nutrient concentrations in estuaries through a novel combination of GIS and hydrodynamic models. 
NIWA's glider offers new understanding of ocean processes
NIWA's underwater glider 'Manaia' is deployed off the Kapiti coast to collect data on temperature, salinity, pressure, oxygen, fluorescence, light and turbidity that will complement the informa
Tangaroa refit 2010
Tangaroa refit 2010 
Tangaroa aerial footage
Tangaroa returns after a refit in Singapore (12 December, 2010) 
Where there's smoke, there's air quality scientists
A new method of testing air quality in towns around New Zealand has been developed by NIWA scientists that could revolutionise the way communities can measure and control pollution.
Irrigation Automation
Steve de Lima talks about the automation of irrigation processes in Canterbury and the ability to control flows via mobile phone or tablet devices.
Covered Anaerobic Ponds
Biogas specialist Stephan Heubeck talks about the use of covered anaerobic ponds to mitigate pollution and generate electricity for the farm.
NIWA IrriMet
NIWA has developed new tools that can help farmers decide when to irrigate or fertilise.
Taking water from rivers
Principal Scientist Murray Hicks discusses new modelling technology to assist with making decisions on taking water from natural waterways.
Stream Ecology
John Quinn looks at stream ecology as a way of measuring stream health.
Riparian Zones
Freshwater Ecologist John Quinn talks about improving riparian zones to deal with diffuse pollution in our rural waterways.
Farming Industry Challenges
Chief Scientist Clive Howard-Williams discusses upcoming challenges for New Zealand's farming industry, and the steps that the industry will need to take to keep our waterways clean.
Constructed Wetlands
Natural wetlands have been called the “kidneys of the landscape” because of their ability to store and transform contaminants before they reach waterways.
Binding Phosphorus
Aquatic pollution specialist Chris Hickey discusses the use of binding agents to reduce phosphorus runoff at the end of farm drainage.