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Taxonomy is one of New Zealand’s most important sciences but its impact is often not widely known nor understood.
NIWA researchers have spent part of the last month keeping a close eye on the bottom of Lake Tekapo to find out what it looks like and what is going on below the lake bed.
Scientists are taking some high-tech equipment to Fiordland next week to find out more about what happens when a river meets the ocean.
NIWA scientists are tapping into nature’s archives to understand our abrupt climate changes.
Work to protect New Zealand waters from an increasing number of invasive biological pests has received a funding boost to fight their spread.
The coldest seawater on earth could help scientists understand why Antarctic sea ice is growing in a warming world
One of the ocean’s most elusive critters is about to meet its match as NIWA scientists voyage south hoping to film them in action – and bring a few samples home.
New Zealand’s answer to ocean acidification is a model of the ‘best team’ approach – when organisations pool talent and resources to find solutions to national, or global, issues.]
The world’s oceans are acidifying as a result of the carbon dioxide (CO2) generated by humanity.
The Invertebrate Collection, housed at Greta Point in Wellington, comprises about 300,000 jars or specimens but only about 100,000 are officially registered. With new specimens being discovered all the time, there is a lot of work to do.
If you're collecting sea shells at the beach this summer and wondering what they are, NIWA is here to help.
Carrying out scientific experiments in the coldest part of the world is tough — even tougher if you’re miles away from Scott Base in a shipping container. But one NIWA scientist insists it’s a lot of fun.
Looking for something tasty on your beach for holiday dinner this summer? NIWA scientists have the lowdown on some of the most mouth-watering fish and seafood that are yours for the taking.
Everyone knows they’re out there, but how well do you know your sharks? NIWA looks at four of the most common sharks you’re likely to spot this summer.
Scientists are beginning a voyage to the middle of the marine food web today to find out more about one of the most complex networks on the planet.
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.
Te Papa has released a publication containing information, including pictures, distribution maps for all 1,262 known fish species found in our waters.
New Zealand scientists are part of an international team that has documented duelling ocean and atmospheric heat transport during periods of abrupt climate change.
Sponges are amongst the most common marine invertebrates that inhabit the New Zealand coastline, from the intertidal zone down to the continental shelf, to abyssal plains and deep ocean trenches.
NIWA has transformed 1.5 million square kilometres of data into the most accurate and detailed map yet of the land underneath the sea around New Zealand.

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