Getting to the bottom of Lake Wanaka’s dynamic landscape

University of Canterbury geography technicians Nick Key and Justin Harrison, along with Newcastle University PhD candidate Ryan Dick have been conducting a detailed bathymetric survey of Lake Wanaka as part of a joint study between Newcastle and UC. The team managed to strike the weather lucky and get six continuous days of surveying on the lake, looking to see...

A good news story for World Ocean Day: The Ross Sea region MPA

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The Southern Ocean south of the Antarctic Polar Front is managed by an international agreement analogous to the Antarctic Treaty, the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).  This area accounts for 10% of the world’s oceans and includes some of the most pristine marine habitats on Earth. CCAMLR allows fishing but aims to balance conservation with rational...

The Amazon River: water flow dynamics and its ecosystem interactions

Each year during the wet season, the Amazon river rises to create an internationally significant wetland, that's nearly three times the size of New Zealand. Professor Matthew Wilson shares a view from the field while studying the flow dynamics of the largest river in the world..

Geography and obesity: what’s the connection?

While you might not know it, geography and health are closely linked! Where you are born, live, work or even go to school, directly influence your health through factors like the air you breathe or the health services you have access to in your neighbourhood. At the GeoHealth Laboratory, our research attempts to work...

UC Geography busy over the “break”

A new weather sensor installed by Geography technician Nick Key at Broken River weather station will expand the data available from the station as it will not only provide most of the standard weather measurements of a traditional weather station, but it is also able to differentiate different forms of precipitation and detect lightning. Both will assist with Dr...

WATCH: How the physical environment affects our health

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At the University of Canterbury​’s GeoHealth Lab, Geography Professor Simon Kingham and his team study interesting connections between geography and health: how where you live and the characteristics of the nearby environment can influence health outcomes.

Heading South – Weddell Sea expedition getting ready

Geospatial technician, Paul Bealing, has spent countless hours constructing, calibrating, testing and fine tuning these customised drones in preparation for an epic trip to Antarctic waters. Paul will be joining Dr Wolfgang Rack as they participate in a fully funded, multinational voyage departing from South Africa in December in hopes of finding the Endurance, Ernest Shackleton’s legendary ship, crushed...

UC GeoHealth researcher wins EASO Award

Dr Matthew Hobbs, a researcher in the GeoHealth Laboratory at the University of Canterbury, was awarded by The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) the New Investigator Public Health Award, which marks out rising stars of obesity and public health in Europe. He received the award at the EASO 2019 Annual Congress on 2nd May 2019. Dr...