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One hundred people, a Gulfstream jet, some of the best technology available and two scientists in a paddock are undertaking an experiment that will make predicting the weather a lot more accurate.
NIWA scientists are this month taking a significant role in one of the largest science experiments to take place in New Zealand.
Scientists, dermatologists, skin cancer experts and health professionals are among those meeting in Auckland next week to discuss the latest research into UV radiation and how best to improve public awareness of UV issues.
Among the colour and spectacle of this week's Wairarapa Balloon Fiesta will be a small but crucial flying contraption known as a helikite.
In summer, extreme humidity – high and low – can send us round the bend. So what is it, why does it make us feel so bad, and how can we beat it?

NIWA scientists expect smoke from the bushfires in New South Wales to drift over New Zealand in the next few days.

If you're gazing skywards this summer and notice menacing, cauliflower-like clouds billowing high, put the washing on hold and bring the dog inside: a thunderstorm might be on the way.

The measurement of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) reaches a milestone this week. NIWA's globally significant Baring Head Clean Air Observation Programme is celebrating 40 years of continuous monitoring.

This Sunday, NIWA celebrates the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Montreal Protocol, which is hailed as the most successful international environmental protection treaty to date.

NIWA will continue, as planned, to support Lauder as a key facility in our atmospheric research portfolio.
NIWA has a new tool that will help scientists understand pollutants that take the form of small airborne particles.

Scientists have discovered an abrupt increase in the uptake of atmospheric carbon dioxide by the land biosphere since1988. Without this natural increase in uptake, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would probably have increased even more rapidly over the last two decades.

Next week, NIWA's research vessel Tangaroa will set sail for the Chatham Rise, for an international study of how microscopic organisms in the surface waters may affect the creation of clouds.

World experts on greenhouse gases will get together at the 16th WMO/ /IAEA meeting on Carbon Dioxide, other Greenhouse Gases, and Related Measurement Techniques (GGMT) conference, from 25-28 October 2011, in Wellington.

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.

NIWA scientists are investigating traffic-related air pollution and ultra-fine particles at Auckland schools, inside and outside classrooms, to help understand the long-term health effects on children.

NIWA scientists have been at work all weekend measuring the height of the volcanic ash clouds as they approached and passed over Lauder, in Central Otago. This work has been done to support predictions about the ash cloud and its effects.

Lauder celebrates 50 years of atmospheric research.

NIWA is pleased to invite you to participate in the 16th WMO/IAEA Meeting on Carbon Dioxide, Other Greenhouse Gases, and Related Measurement Techniques.

NIWA looks below Antarctic ice shelves to investigate the polar ocean system with a new high-tech probe.


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