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.
The National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) is predicting that peak ultraviolet index (UVI) this summer will be significantly higher than any of the last six years, and will be close to the all–time maximum observed in the summer of 1998–1999.
In November 2006 a tsunami generated up in Kuril Islands in Russia’s Far East affected parts of New Zealand. The source was a large magnitude 8.3 earthquake late on 15 November 2006 (23:14 NZST). It occurred on the subduction zone near the Kuril Islands which lie between Japan and Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula.
An international team led by scientists from the United States and New Zealand have observed, for the first time, the bizarre deep-sea communities living around methane seeps off New Zealand’s east coast.
New Zealand is expected to experience a ‘low ozone event’ on Sunday (24 September). The Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute and the European Space Agency are forecasting that a filament of low ozone air currently circulating in the stratosphere around Antarctica will spin off and pass over much of New Zealand.
It's an epic journey for a small bird. A team of scientists from New Zealand, the US, and France has discovered that sooty shearwaters (known to Kiwis as muttonbirds or titi) make a 64 000 km round trip each year, chasing summer across the Pacific.
The New Zealand Climate Science Coalition yesterday issued a media release claiming that a UK-based research group has calculated a much higher temperature trend for New Zealand over the period 1979 to 2005 than shown by NIWA data.