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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.

NIWA has produced a public information leaflet about icebergs, with help from Vincent Aviation.

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.

NIWA climate scientist, Dr Jim Salinger, has been elected President of the Commission for Agricultural Meteorology of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The WMO is the United Nations agency with responsibility for issues relating to weather, climate, and the water cycle.

As a flotilla of modern-day icebergs heads away from New Zealand, scientists from NIWA have identified what appear to be ancient iceberg scours on the seabed off New Zealand’s east coast.

The flotilla of icebergs currently off the South Island were probably once part of a much larger iceberg from the Ronne Ice Shelf, on the other side of Antarctica from New Zealand.

NIWA will begin tagging around 4000 snapper in the inner Hauraki Gulf next week as part of a major study of snapper movements.

Over $8000 worth of prizes will be awarded to school students in the Auckland region as part of the annual Auckland Regional Science & Technology Fair, sponsored by NIWA.

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.

Researchers from NIWA will be surveying Kaipara Harbour and marinas for foreign marine organisms next week.

The Southern Alps glaciers monitored annually by NIWA lost ice mass in the year to March 2006.

Researchers from NIWA have recently surveyed ports at Milford Sound (Fiordland) and Taharoa Ironsands Terminal (Waikato) for foreign marine organisms.

Over $5000 worth of prizes will be awarded to school students in the Nelson region as part of the 15th annual Nelson Regional Science & Technology Fair, sponsored by NIWA.

Over $6000 worth of prizes will be awarded to school students in the Waikato region as part of the 27th annual Waikato Regional Science & Technology Fair, sponsored by NIWA.

Hundreds of young scientists are to showcase their talent at Victoria University in the annual NIWA Wellington Regional Science and Technology Fair, held from 23 to 26 August.

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.

NIWA has released a preliminary report into the severity of the 12 June 2006 snow storm in Canterbury and North Otago.


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