Dr Katja Riedel and Dr Hinrich Schaefer discuss how NIWA's ice coring work on Taylor Glacier in Antarctica is allowing us to find out about the Earth's atmosphere in the distant past. Find out more about this research, or see this this feature on One News.
NIWA’s work in atmosphere and climate includes research and consultancy on the physical and chemical processes affecting the atmosphere and climate, including global effects, stratospheric research, air quality and interactions with the surface and oceans.
Methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, is released more rapidly by wetlands and permafrost in warmer and wetter climates. By analysing air trapped in ancient ice we can see how these carbon sinks responded to warming periods in the past, and help predict what will happen in the future.