Air Quality

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As temperatures drop over winter months, many Kiwis turn to their fireplaces to heat their homes. However, most of us are not fully aware of the immense impact that wood burning can have on people and the environment.
NIWA adopted small towns to test networks of new low-cost air and emission monitoring sensor technologies. Poor air quality is a problem during winter in many New Zealand regions. Air pollution can have a significant detrimental effect on human health.
What's In Your Air, Alex?
NIWA is helping young people get involved in air quality research. With funding from Unlocking Curious Minds children from Alexandra Primary School are becoming junior scientists and learning about air quality in their town.
Pupils at a Central Otago primary school are helping NIWA air quality scientists learn more about pollution in their town in a four-month project that will track where smoke comes from and where it goes over winter.

Sean Hartery, a PhD student from Canterbury University based at NIWA, is collecting samples and data for two main areas of atmospheric research while he is out here in the Ross Sea: ice nuclei and aerosols.

John McGregor from NIWA checks on the instruments that measure atmospheric gases throughout our voyage.

Monitoring air quality in your neighbourhood

Monitoring air quality in your neighbourhood. Part of the NIWA Community Observation Networks for Air (CONA) research project, this video explains what's involved in the observations and research findings so far.

If it wasn't for a damaged shoulder, Wills Dobson wouldn't be launching weather balloons or fixing high-precision atmospheric measuring instruments.
Injy's Odyssey
Late 2016, Sir Peter Blake NIWA Ambassador Injy Johnstone travelled to one of NIWA's more remote atmospheric monitoring outposts in the central North Island. Another successful ambassadorship - check it out!
NIWA scientists are now analysing data gathered from an air quality pilot experiment in Rangiora that could revolutionise the way communities can measure and control pollution.
For a second year, we are asking residents of Rangiora to contribute to our community air quality observation network.

The Hydrological Society & The Meteorological Society of NZ joint conference

19 November 2013 to 22 November 2013

NIWA is sponsoring The Hydrological Society & The Meteorological Society of NZ joint conference

The theme of this year’s conference is Water and Weather: Solutions for health, wealth and environment.

The conference is being held in Palmerston North, and will attract scientists, technicians, consultants, hydrologists, climatologists, students, resource managers and many others. 

NIWA has a new tool that will help scientists understand pollutants that take the form of small airborne particles.

NIWA's Air Quality group conduct research to understand urban air and atmospheric pollution.

New Zealanders love their wood burners and keeping warm in winter, but wood burners and how they are being used are the major contributors to winter urban air pollution. NIWA scientists are assessing the emissions from wood burners, and learning more about how users' behaviour may affect emissions.

Using land-use and traffic assignment models to derive estimates of exposure to traffic emissions and ultrafine particles.

TOwards susTainable Urban formS (TOTUS)

Urban areas face increasing challenges to manage their growth. The complexities inherent to the interrelations between urban planning, people's behaviour and the natural environment highlight the need to tackle sustainability issues in an integrated framework.

TOwards susTainable Urban formS (TOTUS)

Urban areas face increasing challenges to manage their growth. The complexities inherent to the interrelations between urban planning, people's behaviour and the natural environment highlight the need to tackle sustainability issues in an integrated framework.

Welcome to NIWA's third Alumni Update – an e-newsletter for past NIWA employees.

More than 30 international experts in climate science will meet in Queenstown this week to discuss implementing a new a state-of-the-art global network to improve the quality of measurements of upper air climate variables.

Over the past decade, predicting the weather, and understanding the changes in climate, has emerged as one of the most important and topical areas of scientific endeavour.

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