Air Quality

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.
A wide range of mass spectrometry techniques and measurements are available for air, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide, water, carbonates, organics, and other specific isotopes.

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.
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Common questions about clouds, how they are formed and how they behave.

NIWA provides ambient air quality monitoring services using low-cost ODIN (Outdoor Dust Information Node) sensors.  

NIWA has developed a device for measuring and monitoring indoor air quality. It is called the Particles, Activity and Context Monitoring Autonomous Node - PACMAN for short.
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.
CONA studies in Rangiora in 2015-17 and Alexandra in 2018 have proven that the technologies and methodologies used provide valuable data to support mitigation efforts by local authorities.
Black carbon, commonly known as soot, is made of microscopic particles generated by incomplete combustion. Download our latest maps of long-term average concentrations of black carbon from road traffic. Equivalent maps for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) are coming soon.
NIWA has a new tool that will help scientists understand pollutants that take the form of small airborne particles.

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.

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.

UPTECH is a world-leading observational study currently underway in SE Queensland - UPTECH-NZ is one of several related projects.


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