Tagged: drilling

Explorers probe hidden continent of Zealandia - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 13, 2017

By Rupert Sutherland, Victoria University of Wellington Zealandia made global headlines earlier this year when scientists announced that it counts as a new continent. Now it is coming under closer scientific scrutiny. We are currently halfway through an expedition to drill into this vast underwater plateau of continental crust, and we can already reveal that Zealandia’s geography … Read More

Antarctic ice reveals that fossil fuel extraction leaks more methane than thought - Guest Work

Guest Author Aug 24, 2017

By Hinrich Schaefer, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric The fossil fuel industry is a larger contributor to atmospheric methane levels than previously thought, according to our research which shows that natural seepage of this potent greenhouse gas from oil and gas reservoirs is more modest than had been assumed. In our research, published in Nature today, … Read More

Models, oil spills and moving the debate forward - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 23, 2013

The Greenpeace-commissioned report looking at the estimated impact of a deep water oil well leak in New Zealand waters has received a lot of attention this morning and for good reason. In the whole argument over oil exploration and whether we should drill or not, there’s been little science-based public discussion of the impact of a spill. Sure, … Read More

Antarctic report – breaking the ice - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 25, 2012

by Dr Craig Stevens, Physical Oceanographer at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) We completed our first helicopter survey of the field location this morning. It was around a 30 minute flight south of the Station. In that time we stopped off for some brief tourism at Inexpressible Island where a number of Scott’s team were … Read More