Instrumentation

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Once a year, technicians from NIWA’s North Island Field Team don helmets and head lamps to check a network of CO2 sensors in the world-renowned Waitomo Caves. The sensors help make sure that heavy breathing visitors aren’t wrecking the caves’ precious natural structures and microclimate.
After 75 nights at sea all the temporary master of NIWA research vessel Kaharoa could think about today was getting off the ship and having a beer.
NIWA scientists have set up air quality sensors every 100 metres across Arrowtown in what is believed to be the world’s densest air monitoring network.
A buoy with the ability to “phone home” has been deployed in Wellington Harbour today to monitor currents, waves and water quality in the harbour.

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Climate Present and Past is a core-funded project under NIWA's National Climate Centre. It aims to explore historical climate data and track past changes in climate through a range of approaches.

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NIWA IrriMet
NIWA has developed new tools that can help farmers decide when to irrigate or fertilise.

This analog output sensor provides accurate long-term measurements of water depth and temperature in bores, drains and rivers.

This ultrasonic Doppler instrument is a compact, easy to use system for measuring water flow in rivers, channels and pipes.

Uses a float and counterweight system to convert water level into an electronic output that can be read by a datalogger. Accurate to within a millimetre over a wide range.

This has 16 analog inputs with an accuracy of better than 0.1% of full scale. You can configure inputs as single ended or differential and select from four input signal ranges.

The Neon Applications software is a suite of software and documentation which allows clients to set up their own Neon system on existing server hardware, or new server hardware located at the client’s premises.

The NRT is a small self-contained unit which connects to sensors, records readings from them and transmits the data to a central server via satellite communications.

The NRT is a small self-contained unit which connects to sensors, records readings from them and transmits the data to a central server via a cellular telephone network.

In this issue we look at measuring sea ice break up, highlighting the 'dark side' of groundwater management, revealing the complexities of the wind and tracking the sun.

Lauder celebrates 50 years of atmospheric research.

A low-cost weather station for gathering accurate weather data. Wind speed and direction, air temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure and rainfall data can be accessed from a server, via the internet.

This measures rain by the drop as well as by the tradional 'tip'. We can configure it either with an SDI12 serial data interface or an integral logger with cellular communications.

A self-contained telemetered inshore buoy capable of being equipped with a wide range of marine sensors.

Our Quality Management System is our commitment to quality, productivity, consistency and customer satisfaction.

NIWA holds ISO9001:2008 certification.

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Principal Technician - Marine Ecology
Principal Scientist - Atmosphere
Fisheries Acoustics Scientist
Emeritus Researcher – Atmospheric Radiation
Principal Scientist - Marine Physics
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Physical Oceanographer
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National Projects Manager
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Environmental Monitoring Technician
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Coastal Technician
Environmental Monitoring Technician
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Atmospheric Technician
Regional Manager - Wellington
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