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A 28-metre research vessel from NIWA will spend the next four and half months deploying ocean-profiling Argo floats across the Pacific.

Scientists from NIWA will be diving in Waikawa Marina, near Picton, on Friday 14 October to check for the presence of an invasive sea squirt, known as the clubbed tunicate (or Styela clava). The work is being conducted for Biosecurity New Zealand so that they can assess the need for further investigation.

Scientists from NIWA are diving in Waitemata Harbour to establish precisely how far an invasive sea squirt, known as the clubbed tunicate (or Styela clava), has spread.

Scientists at NIWA will shortly begin investigations into what is causing blue-green algae blooms in the country’s most iconic lake.

Glaciers in New Zealand’s Southern Alps gained ice mass again in the past year. Fifty glaciers are monitored annually by the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA).

A paper to be published in the prestigious science journal, Nature, this week offers a rare piece of good news on climate change but signals that the atmosphere may be more variable than previously suspected.

For a group of fisheries scientists in Wellington, the next three years will be dominated by fish guts.

In a ground-floor lab at the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA), they're painstakingly slitting open the stomachs of thousands of fish and sifting through the contents.

All up, some 50,000 stomachs from about three dozen species caught on the Chatham Rise will be analysed by the end of 2007.

Over $6000 worth of prizes will be awarded to school students in the Wellington region as part of the 41st annual Wellington Science & Technology Fair, sponsored by the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA).

Large areas of the ocean, such as the north Tasman and Mediterranean Seas, are low in nutrients with only limited growth of phytoplankton, the microscopic plant cells at the base of the food chain.

A New Zealand woman is leading a project that will bring together several hundred scientists from over 30 countries for the next 10 years.

NIWA’s smaller research vessel, Kaharoa, leaves Wellington tomorrow (Thursday 21 April) on a 2-month voyage to deploy high-tech 'Argo' floats all the way to Hawaii and back.

Already, the crew of Kaharoa have deployed more Argo floats (141 so far) than any other vessel in the world. By the end of this trip, they will have deployed over 200 floats and clocked up over 40,000 nautical miles on Argo missions. That is almost the equivalent of sailing to the UK and back twice. (A round trip to the UK is approximately 24,000 nautical miles.)

New Zealand and American scientists have joined forces to explore some of the world’s most active undersea volcanoes along the Kermadec Arc, northeast of the Bay of Plenty.

Ash from the eruption of North Island volcanoes tens of thousands of years ago has attracted an American-led scientific expedition to New Zealand waters.

In an uncommon event, icebergs have been spotted in New Zealand waters.

Sustainable development of the coasts & oceans will be the focus of a new National Centre formed by the National Institute for Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA).

The Centre will be launched today (24 November) on board NIWA’s deepwater research vessel, Tangaroa.

“Science has much to offer in helping guide exploration, management, and protection of coastal and marine resources,” says NIWA’s chief executive, Dr Rick Pridmore.

For some South Pacific countries near and east of the Date Line the chances of tropical cyclone activity are higher than normal for the November – May season, according to NIWA’s National Climate Centre.

The ozone hole over Antarctica appears to be about 20% smaller than last year’s record-breaking ozone hole.

Scientific records of at least 104,000 samples of New Zealand’s freshwater fish, invertebrates, algae and other aquatic plants are now available at the click of a mouse.

The number of scientists in New Zealand gets a temporary boost this week with the arrival of almost 400 experts in atmospheric chemistry.


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