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Cliff Law - NIWA

Cliff LawCliff is the Co-Director of the Research Centre for Oceanography, Leader of the NIWA Oceanic Control of Atmospheric Composition Programme, and a Professor in the Department of Marine Chemistry, University of Otago.
Cliff Law NIWA profile

Cliff is also a member of the Coastal People: Southern Skies collaboration that connects communities with world-leading, cross-discipline research to rebuild coastal ecosystems.
Coastal People: Southern Skies

His research focuses on the interaction between the ocean and the atmosphere; how biogeochemical cycling in the surface ocean influences atmospheric composition, and how climate variability feedbacks to ocean biogeochemistry. Specific research areas include the production and exchange of trace gases, controls of phytoplankton productivity and biodiversity, and the impact of ocean acidification and climate variability on the structure and functioning of pelagic ecosystems.

He was a member of the International SOLAS Steering Committee for 6 years, the NZ delegate on the IMO Working Group on Ocean Fertilization for the London Convention, and was awarded the Hutchinson Medal by the Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2013.



Meyers, M., Décima, M., Law, C. S., Gall, M., Barr, N., Miller, M. R., … Sabadel, A., Wing, S., & Hoffmann, L. (2022). No evidence of altered relationship between diet and consumer fatty acid composition in a natural plankton community under combined climate drivers. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology, 551, 151734. doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2022.151734

Turco, F., Ladroit, Y., Watson, S. J., Seabrook, S., Law, C. S., Crutchley, G. J., … Gorman, A. R. (2022). Estimates of methane release from gas seeps at the southern Hikurangi Margin, New Zealand. Frontiers in Earth Science, 10, 834047. doi: 10.3389/feart.2022.834047

Hurd, C. L., Law, C. S., Bach, L. T., Britton, D., Hovenden, M., Paine, E., … Boyd, P. W. (2022). Forensic carbon accounting: Assessing the role of seaweeds for carbon sequestration. Journal of Phycology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jpy.13249

Vance, J. M., Currie, K., Zeldis, J., Dillingham, P. W., & Law, C. S. (2022). An empirical MLR for estimating surface layer DIC and a comparative assessment to other gap-filling techniques for ocean carbon time series. Biogeosciences, 19, 241-269. doi: 10.5194/bg-19-241-2022

Rocco, M., Dunne, E., Peltola, M., Barr, N., Williams, J., Colombo, A., … Saint-Macary, A., … Law, C., & Sellegri, K. (2021). Oceanic phytoplankton are a potentially important source of benzenoids to the remote marine atmosphere. Communications Earth & Environment, 2, 175. doi: 10.1038/s43247-021-00253-0