Air Quality

The vast quantities of silt deposited by flooding have resulted in high levels of silt dust in the air across Tairāwhiti and Hawke’s Bay.
A new study from NIWA has mapped outdoor air quality for Invercargill and Alexandra in more detail than ever before.
NIWA is developing methods to evaluate actions that members of the public can take to improve indoor or outdoor air quality.
NIWA has trialled a number of projects that enable students, householders and community groups to get involved in indoor and outdoor air quality monitoring.
NIWA has developed a range of activities to help members of the public engage with the air quality issues in their homes, workplaces and communities.
Funded by the Ministry of Health, NIWA air quality researchers are carrying out research to understand ventilation behaviour and examine how well spaces used by our most vulnerable populations are, and could be, ventilated.
One of the best ways to reduce the likelihood of Covid-19 being transmitted in Aotearoa New Zealand classrooms is simply by opening doors and windows to create natural ventilation, say NIWA air quality experts.
For a small group of unassuming buildings nestled amongst the wide-open spaces of the Maniototo, the Lauder Atmospheric Research Station punches well above its weight.
Community Air Watch Arrowtown enables members of the public to use new technologies to participate in studies of air quality.
Schools Air Watch enables school classes to use new technologies to participate in a study of air quality in their own community.
Community Air Watch Invercargill enables members of the public to use new technologies to participate in studies of air quality.
Air quality is almost never consistent across NZ’s towns – polluted air can readily be transported on the breeze and accumulate in different locations.
Community Air is a family of research studies, community projects and commercial services that empower local communities to engage with, assess and tackle local air quality issues.
This lesson explores the things we can all do to improve our air quality.
There are lots of particles in the air – both natural and from human activities. This lesson explores what’s in the air.
This lesson explores how emissions of particles and gases into the air are measured and monitored around New Zealand.
Different places have different air quality at different times. This lesson helps you find out about air quality around the world.
In this lesson you’ll learn more about how air pollution affects the environment as well as people’s health.
Indoor air quality can affect how healthy your home is. Learn more about indoor air quality in this lesson.
Air quality is affected by the weather and the shape of the land. This lesson explores why air quality differs in different parts of NZ.
This lesson explores how air quality is measured all around Aotearoa New Zealand and where you can access that data.
Small air pollution particles can get into our lungs and even our bloodstream. This lesson explores what happens to the air we breathe in.
Peter Sperlich needs a strong south-westerly and a cast iron stomach for his next scientific mission.
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.
Changes in NZ air quality during COVID-19 level 3 restrictions. Update: Thursday 10th September 2020.


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