Coasts and Oceans

NIWA aims to provide the knowledge needed for the sound environmental management of our marine resources.

Coasts and Oceans

The Coasts & Oceans Centre aims to provide the knowledge needed for the sound environmental management of our marine resources.

This will ensure that the economic, social and environmental benefits are realised now, and into the future. 

The Ocean Vacuum cleaner: Salp bloom effects on the carbon cycle and marine food web

The RV Tangaroa headed out to the Chatham Rise on 23 October 2018 for a month long voyage that will focus on the special role sea salps play in carbon cycling, and where they fit in marine food webs off the New Zealand coast.

Feature: Kaikōura earthquake provides world-first insight into submarine canyons

Research conducted after the 2016, 7.8 magnitude Kaikōura earthquake has provided scientists with an extremely rare opportunity to understand the processes that shape submarine canyons.

Drones watch quake aftermath

NIWA scientists like Leigh Tait were saddened by the human impact of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, but he also says that it provided a “massive natural history experiment”.
NIWA's glider offers new understanding of ocean processes

NIWA's underwater glider 'Manaia' is deployed off the Kapiti coast to collect data on temperature, salinity, pressure, oxygen, fluorescence, light and turbidity that will complement the information gathered by the fixed moorings.

Satellite tracking of blue whales in New Zealand waters

The aim of this voyage was to examine the movement and habitat utilization of pygmy blue whales in New Zealand waters.