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Published 22 June 2014 Referencing Hub media

Scientists observe water in its different forms to develop explanations of how the world works.


Lots of different scientists use water to better understand our world. They observe it in rivers and lakes. They look at the ocean in lots of different ways, and they even study icebergs.

Katja Riedel from NIWA looks at ice cores that they drill out of Antarctica.

Dave Campbell spends a lot of time in peat bogs – it can be very messy work! He uses special instruments to measure water vapour

David Hamilton is interested in the lakes around Rotorua. They are important sources of freshwater and recreation. David’s research helps people manage the lakes to keep the water clean.

Dr Ross Monaghan, AgResearch
Norman Hill
Dr Sanjay Kumarasingham, Watercare Services Ltd
Cheri van Schravendijk-Goodman, Waikato Raupatu River Trust
Dr Jenni Stanley, Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland
Dr Phil Sutton, NIWA
Dr Katja Riedel, NIWA
Dr Dave Campbell, Earth & Ocean Sciences, University of Waikato
Tehani Kuske
Professor David Hamilton, Biological Sciences, University of Waikato

Underwater footage courtesy of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Kopuatai Peat Dome image courtesy of Jan Ramp, Snapper Graphics
Lake model courtesy of Mathew Allan, University of Waikato