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Summer Series 2020
This is a special series of stories put out to the media over the 2020/2021 summer.
Scientists on the trail of elusive sperm whales
21 December 2020
When scientists head south to Antarctica on board NIWA research vessel Tangaroa next month, they’ll be keeping a close eye out for an animal that is particularly good at staying out of sight.
Valuable work of weather volunteers
23 December 2020
A vital network of rainfall and climate station volunteers across Aotearoa send their weather measurements to NIWA every month where they are used by scientists researching New Zealand’s climate.
Watch out for jellyfish blooms
28 December 2020
Jellyfish blooms are likely to be a common sight this summer with rising ocean temperatures one of the main causes of substantial population growths.
Scientists unite across world for decade of ocean research
30 December 2020
In 1872 the HMS Challenger left Portsmouth in the UK on a four-year circumnavigation of the globe to explore the deepsea.
NIWA science divers finish mud marathon
4 January 2021
Where there’s mud, there’s scientists. NIWA divers recently got down and dirty while completing a harbour-wide dive survey in the Wellington area.
Scientist spots shark sperm storage strategy
6 January 2021
A NIWA researcher has found the first evidence that female deep sea sharks store sperm as a strategy to preserve the species and possibly avoid aggressive mating encounters.
NIWA drones going where people can’t on the West Coast
13 January 2021
A team of scientists have been exploring some of New Zealand’s most remote and rugged coastal zones.
How does a fish climb a ramp? Very, very cleverly…
18 January 2021
New Zealand’s native fish are doing their best to climb up ramps in a NIWA laboratory so scientists can learn how to better help them navigate our tricky waterways.
There’s snow business in the mountains
20 January 2021
On a still and sunny December day when most Kiwis were looking longingly towards the beach, two NIWA researchers staff had their eyes firmly on the Southern Alps.