Water & Atmosphere 6, November 2012

The November 2012 edition of NIWA's flagship publication, Water & Atmosphere.

A PDF copy is also available, and can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

Water & Atmosphere 6, November (PDF 3.7 MB)

 

Acid test

By absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, oceans ease the impacts of climate change. But it turns out there's a downside: seawater is becoming more acidic, making it increasingly hostile to some of the creatures that have to live in it, finds Marieke Hilhorst.

Something in the air

In September, the world celebrated the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Montreal Protocol, a global accord to protect the ozone layer. Dave Hansford visits NIWA's Lauder Atmospheric Research Station, where much of what we know about this vital safety blanket was discovered.

Current projections

Sediment-laden river or swirling ocean current, water can carry creatures and contaminants vast distances. NIWA's hydrodynamic models, finds Veronika Meduna, are helping planners better understand nature's conveyor belts.

Cause and effect

John Morgan came to NIWA as Chief Executive in 2007, after stints at the helms of AgriQuality and Orica New Zealand, and Chairman of New Zealand Pharmaceuticals. So what drives the guy in the suit? Dave Hansford finds out...