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. 

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.

NIWA scientists use the latest multibeam echo-sounding technology to generate new charts of the seafloor around Kapiti island. The new information enables better management of the marine reserve environment as well as much improved identification of gas seeps and other undersea features.