DEEPWAVE in the News

Dannevirke: Wind study helps forecast-accuracy

Hawke's Bay Today | 18 July 2014

Growing up on a farm east of Dannevirke, Bill Brown always kept an eye on the weather. Now the former Dannevirke High School pupil studies the weather and the atmosphere which affects it, as a scientist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado where he's worked for 16 years as a project scientist and group leader of the Earth Observing Laboratory.

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Lasers over New Zealand - atmospheric researchers examine gravity waves

DLR Press Release | 11 July 2014

Atmospheric gravity waves influence the weather and long-term, climate-related atmospheric processes. For a number of nights between 29 June and 23 July 2014, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Falcon research aircraft will be flying over the New Zealand Alps (Southern Alps) [...]

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Measuring Gravity Waves

Radio New Zealand | 10 July 2014

The aircraft is part of the international DEEPWAVE project, which brings together scientists from five countries who have all descended on New Zealand because it is one of the best places in the world to study these giant ripples in the atmosphere and their effect on weather systems.

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NIWA Science | 2 July 2014

One hundred people, a Gulfstream jet, some of the best technology available and two scientists in a paddock.

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Research into 'gravity waves' over alps

Radio New Zealand News | 22 June 2014

Atmospheric researchers based in Christchurch hope to deliver more reliable weather and climate forecasts. The Deepwave research team comprises scientists from the United States, Germany and New Zealand. They are using a flying laboratory to research the formation of gravity waves over the Southern Alps. Gravity waves have a strong effect on the weather, and occur when wind is disturbed by an obstructing landform, sending ripples up into the air.

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Scientists hope for more accurate weather forecasts

OneNews NZ | 21 June 2014

Scientists from five countries are in Christchurch for a project to help develop more accurate weather

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Scientists use planes as flying weather labs

3 NEWS NZ | 21 June 2014

One of the world's most sophisticated flying science labs is soaring its way across the South Island this month. The specially modified Gulfstream V plane is being used for research that could lead to more accurate weather forecasts. The Gulfstream V jet is often favoured by celebrities. But the specially equipped plane is home to one of the largest science experiments ever undertaken in New Zealand.

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US atmospheric research project over Southern skies

 Yahoo! News New Zealand | 18 June 2014

Throughout June and July, Christchurch is home to one of the largest science experiments to take place in New Zealand. A US-funded atmospheric science research project is studying the dynamics of gravity waves, and is launching their flying laboratories into our Southern skies.

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Better weather testing up in the air

The Timaru Herald | 18 June 2014

A Gulfstream V jet from the US and a Falcon 20 jet from Germany will act as "flying laboratories" for a "one of a kind" experiment which will take place in the Mackenzie. The experiment, a first for New Zealand, is called DEEPWAVE (Deep Propagating Gravity Waves Experiment) and NIWA scientists are playing a significant role in it.

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Study to improve forecasts

The Timaru Herald | 11 June 2014

The Mackenzie District will be part of a first-of-its-kind experiment in New Zealand to enable weather forecasting to be more accurate. The experiment conducted by NIWA scientists is called DEEPWAVE (Deep propagating gravity wave experiment) and is an international experiment involving universities and research centres from five countries - America, New Zealand, Germany, Australia and Britain.

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International experiment to change global weather forecasts: New Zealand scientists

Space Daily | 10 June 2014

Scientists from five countries on Friday began one of the biggest ever scientific experiments in New Zealand, with the aim of significantly improving global weather forecasts. About 200 scientists from organizations in New Zealand, the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and Australia will take part in the six-week experiment to measure gravity waves up to 100 km above the Earth's surface over the Southern Alps mountains in the South Island.

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Southern Alps focus for large international science experiment

NIWA | 06 June 2014

NIWA scientists are this month taking a significant role in one of the largest science experiments to take place in New Zealand. Called DEEPWAVE (Deep Propagating Gravity Wave Experiment), the international experiment involving universities and research centres from five countries, is studying the atmosphere over the Southern Alps during June and July.

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Flying labs to measure NZ's gravity waves | 06 June 2014

How deep is your wave? That's the question a large team of jet-setting researchers hope to answer by studying the atmosphere above the Southern Alps. DEEPWAVE - Deep Propagating Gravity Wave Experiment - aims to better understand how gravity waves evolve and how they can be predicted. Gravity waves are formed when strong winds strike a large obstacle, such as a mountain range.

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Canterbury students to support advanced research aircraft operating | 01 June 2014

Six University of Canterbury students have been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to be involved in major international research led by some of the world’s leading atmospheric scientists. The research involves one of the world’s most advanced atmospheric research aircrafts which arrives at Christchurch International Airport this month.

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Alps mission out to solve gravity puzzle

The New Zealand Herald | 29 May 2014

A sleek Gulfstream V worth nearly $100 million is set to soar into the South Island next month, but it won't be carrying magnates or celebrities. Instead, the highly-modified corporate jet will have onboard some of the most sophisticated scientific technology ever sent into the air.

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Scientists focus on Southern Alps weather

Greymouth Star | 27 May 2014

Monitoring for the international weather research project based at Hokitika Airport will ramp up this week once specialised equipment is set up. Hokitika is hosting a segment of a wider New Zealand project dubbed ‘DEEPWAVE’ led by the United States National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to study the phenomenon of westerly wind flows into the upper atmosphere.

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In Search of 60-Mile-High Waves

AtmosNews | 21 May 2014 

Not far from where parts of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy were filmed, a stealthy player in atmospheric science will be under a different type of spotlight this summer. Novel instruments to be deployed in and near southern New Zealand will provide an unprecedented view of gravity waves, a vital atmospheric element little known by the public.

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