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If it wasn't for a damaged shoulder, Wills Dobson wouldn't be launching weather balloons or fixing high-precision atmospheric measuring instruments.
Sitting at the surface of Taylor Glacier in Antarctica, are layers of ice more than 10,000 years old. And trapped inside those layers are bubbles of ancient air – like tiny time capsules - able to tell scientists a story about what the world used to be like and how humans have changed it.
Summer is for scientific fieldwork. Three NIWA scientists are heading into the wild blue yonder, some with fancy technology and others with a coffee cup and a bag of party balloons.
Rangiora residents willing to contribute to a community project about the quality of air in their town are being sought by NIWA scientists to help with their research.
NIWA atmospheric scientists in Central Otago are turning plane spotters next week as they eagerly await the flyover of a NASA research plane.
It may be winter, but it’s going to be so warm this weekend temperature records are likely to tumble.
The burning question of winter is attracting international air quality scientists to Wellington later this month to design a large scale joint research programme.
The Deep South National Science Challenge today announced new funding for seven new scientific research projects to help New Zealanders better understand their future climate.
The first six months of 2016 are set to be the warmest ever start to the year, according to NIWA’s long-term seven-station temperature series.
Potentially record-breaking temperatures are likely across New Zealand tomorrow, coinciding with the shortest day of the year.
With winter fast approaching, NIWA’s air quality scientists are returning to Rangiora for the second stage of a research project that is set to revolutionise how communities can measure and control pollution.
Another powerful weather system is set to hit New Zealand tonight and tomorrow morning, bringing another round of strong, gusty wind and drenching downpours.
A long-standing international scientific partnership is being celebrated in Central Otago today.
An early fascination with the sky helped Sam Dean forge a career in atmospheric and climate science.
By day Penny Smale is a mum to two young boys, living on a rural property in the middle of a farming district in Central Otago. By night, she leaves home, walks the short distance to what is essentially a large outbuilding in a paddock, and fires lasers into the sky.
This past week I have been based in Wellington. My favourite aspect of being here so far has been the field work
I have just completed the first week of my Blake NIWA Ambassadorship down in Lauder.
Understanding our future climate so New Zealanders can adapt and thrive is the aim of the Deep South National Science Challenge, which today announced its first allocation of funds to improve predictions of climate change.
They may not be old enough to start school yet, but that isn’t stopping children in South Auckland getting to grips with science.
A cluster of five Early Childhood Education centres in South Auckland are leading the way for our next generation by combining participatory science for under 5’s into their daily teaching.

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