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Scientists from NIWA have made the first measurements of photosynthesis in the icy gloom of an Antarctic lake floor.

The newly formed 'New Zealand Climate Science Coalition' is claiming that human activities have contributed only 3.2 percent of the current carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This is wrong

A workshop to be held in Dunedin next week brings together experts in all aspects of UV radiation and its effects. The workshop is sponsored by NIWA, the SunSmart Partnership, the Ministry of Health, and the Royal Society.

Over three days (19-21 April), presenters will consider such questions as:

Secure, clean, internationally competitive energy solutions will be the focus of CRL Energy under a new ownership deal signed last week.

Each morning, every day of the year, a network of dedicated weather watchers record observations from rain gauges, thermometers, anemometers (for wind), and other instruments.

After four and a half months, and 23,186 nautical miles, a New Zealand research vessel is finally coming home.

New Zealand’s seagrass meadows are important, but threatened, coastal habitats that we still know little about. Scientists from NIWA are undertaking a nationwide survey of these vibrant underwater meadows, to find out more about the life they support and their wider role in the marine ecosystem.

An international team of marine scientists returns to the Chatham Islands next week hoping to fit satellite tags on up to 13 great white sharks. The tags will allow the scientists to track the sharks' movements for up to nine months.

The number of known offshore earthquake sources in the Bay of Plenty has been drastically revised.

A high-powered scientific panel will be meeting in Alexandra next week to consider the environmental effects of ozone depletion.

A NIWA scientist has used sophisticated sonar technology to reveal a ghost-like image of the Mikhail Lermontov lying in its watery grave in the Marlborough Sounds.

Two new scientific papers describe the potential severity of waves from locally-generated tsunamis off the Kaikoura coast.

A major collaborative effort involving French and New Zealand researchers will be delving in mud beneath the seafloor this month, looking for clues about past and future climate change and its various effects on the seafloor.

Scientists from NIWA have developed the first fisheries assessment for Antarctic toothfish, and the first for any exploratory Antarctic fishery. The 2005–06 quota for the Ross Sea Antarctic toothfish fishery, which opened on 1 December, has taken account of this new assessment.

18 December 2005
The multibeam acoustic mapping was conducted by NIWA, with funding from the Foundation for Research, Science & Technology.
NIWA marine geologist, Dr Helen Neil, says the existence of the canyons has been known for a long time, but until now they've been drawn as more or less straight lines on the map.
'What we've found is that the canyons and channels are incredibly complicated. Near shore, the upper reaches meander over a 'river' bed up to 20 kilometres wide. Further out to sea, the channel is more than 1000 metres below the surrounding seafloor in places.

Secondary school students from the Hutt Valley have been taking part in a global experiment to help forecast the climate later this century.

It may be a massive new car carrier, but the TransFuture 5 is also a platform for scientific research into atmospheric pollution across the Pacific.

East Coast farmers have improved their resilience to climate extremes, according to new research.

Climate scientist Doctor Jim Renwick of NIWA has been awarded the Kidson medal by the Meteorological Society at the Royal Society of New Zealand's Awards held at Te Papa on the 16th of November.

Two fossils discovered in the Ormond Valley, near Gisborne, have been identified as a mysterious extinct native fish, the grayling or upokororo. They represent the first known fossils of New Zealand grayling.


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