Oceanography research

The ocean is an essential part of the earth's climate and a source of numerous resources heavily utilised by humans and other species.

Kaharoa. Credit Dave Allen, NIWA.
Kaharoa. Credit Dave Allen, NIWA.

Our oceanography research spans a broad range of topics from understanding heat and acidification, to phytoplankton growth in response to turbulent mixing.

We draw on a wide range of techniques and approaches such as ship and satellite-based observations, global and regional computer simulations, laboratory analyses and experiments, and mathematical theories.

Research topics

  • Ocean currents and sea level
  • Coastal ocean observations and simulations
  • Mixing and stratification
  • Marine energy
  • Antarctic oceanography
  • Estuarine dynamics
  • Ocean acidification
  • Paleoceanography
  • Coastal productivity

Our researchers