Research areas

Our analytical facility generates isotope data which supports numerous  research areas, which link into the following National Centres within NIWA: Aquaculture; Climate, Atmosphere & Hazards; Coasts and Oceans; Fisheries; Freshwater & Estuaries.

  • Atmospheric concentrations, emissions and chemistry
  • Trace gas emissions & processes
  • Climate Change
  • Natural Hazards
  • Hydrology
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Paleoclimate
  • Palaeoceanography
  • Paleoecology
  • Ecology (Marine/Terrestrial/Riverine/Lake - trophic studies, animal migration, ecosystem form and function)
  • Fisheries management
  • Aquaculture
  • Conservation & restoration
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Nutrient chemistry, cycling and budgets
  • Pollution studies (source apportionment- atmospheric, nutrient, sediment, chemical and water tracking)
  • Provenance and authentication (forensics, product authentication)
  • Energetics
  • Animal nutrition and physiology
  • Plant physiology
  • Soil processes
  • Biological and physical rate process measurements (e.g. primary productivity, nitrogen fixation, nutrient uptake)
  • Historical changes in environment (chronological sampling of archived samples, or micro-sampling of material with chronological growth structure – e.g. tree rings, fish otoliths, animal teeth)