NIWA’s work includes research and consultancy on the physical and chemical processes affecting the atmosphere and climate, including global effects, stratospheric research, air quality and interactions with the surface and oceans.
The Baring Head Clean Air Monitoring Station, which has been in operation for more than 40 years, makes significant contributions to our global understanding of greenhouse gases, other trace gases and related species.
Pupils at a Central Otago primary school are helping NIWA air quality scientists learn more about pollution in their town in a four-month project that will track where smoke comes from and where it goes over winter.
Sitting at the surface of Taylor Glacier in Antarctica, are layers of ice more than 10,000 years old. And trapped inside those layers are bubbles of ancient air – like tiny time capsules - able to tell scientists a story about what the world used to be like and how humans have changed it.