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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.

Email cliff.law@niwa.co.nz

Publications

Sellegri, K., Nicosia, A., Freney, E., Uitz, J., Thyssen, M., Grégori, G., … Saint-Macary, A., … Law, C. S. (2021). Surface ocean microbiota determine cloud precursors. Scientific Reports, 11, 281. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-78097-5

Saint-Macary, A. D. N., Barr, N., Armstrong, E., Safi, K., Marriner, A., Gall, M., McComb, K., Dillingham, P. W., & Law, C. S. (2021). The influence of ocean acidification and warming on DMSP & DMS in New Zealand coastal water. Atmosphere, 12(2), 181. doi: 10.3390/atmos12020181

Allen, R., Hoffmann, L. J., Law, C. S., & Summerfield, T. C. (2020). Subtle bacterioplankton community responses to elevated CO2 and warming in the oligotrophic South Pacific Gyre. Environmental Microbiology Reports, 12(4), 377-386. doi: 10.1111/1758-2229.12844

Feng, Y., Roleda, M. Y., Armstrong, E., Summerfield, T. C., Law, C. S., Hurd, C. L., & Boyd, P. W. (2020). Effects of multiple drivers of ocean global change on the physiology and functional gene expression of the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi. Global Change Biology, 26, 5630-5645. doi: 10.1111/gcb.15259

Lawson, S. J., Law, C. S., Harvey, M. J., Bell, T. G., Walker, C. F., de Bruyn, W. J., & Saltzman, E. S. (2020). Methanethiol, dimethyl sulfide and acetone over biologically productive waters in the southwest Pacific Ocean. Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics, 20(5), 3061-3078. doi: 10.5194/acp-20-3061-2020

Chapter in Book - Research

Law, C. S. (2019). Air–sea gas transfer: Nitrous oxide and methane. In S. A. Elias (Ed.), Encyclopedia of ocean sciences (Vol. 6). (3rd ed.) (pp. 14-20). Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.11408-3

MacDiarmid, A. B., Law, C. S., Pinkerton, M., & Zeldis, J. (2013). New Zealand marine ecosystem services. In J. Dymond (Ed.), Ecosystem services in New Zealand: Conditions and trends. (pp. 238-253). Lincoln, New Zealand: Manaaki Whenua Press.

Law, C. S. (2001). Air-sea interaction: N2O, NO, CH4, CO. In J. H. Steele, S. A. Thorpe & K. K. Turekian (Eds.), Encyclopedia of ocean sciences. (pp. 137-144). London, UK: Academic Press. doi: 10.1006/rwos.2001.0064

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Journal - Research Article

Sellegri, K., Nicosia, A., Freney, E., Uitz, J., Thyssen, M., Grégori, G., … Saint-Macary, A., … Law, C. S. (2021). Surface ocean microbiota determine cloud precursors. Scientific Reports, 11, 281. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-78097-5

Saint-Macary, A. D. N., Barr, N., Armstrong, E., Safi, K., Marriner, A., Gall, M., McComb, K., Dillingham, P. W., & Law, C. S. (2021). The influence of ocean acidification and warming on DMSP & DMS in New Zealand coastal water. Atmosphere, 12(2), 181. doi: 10.3390/atmos12020181

Allen, R., Hoffmann, L. J., Law, C. S., & Summerfield, T. C. (2020). Subtle bacterioplankton community responses to elevated CO2 and warming in the oligotrophic South Pacific Gyre. Environmental Microbiology Reports, 12(4), 377-386. doi: 10.1111/1758-2229.12844

Lawson, S. J., Law, C. S., Harvey, M. J., Bell, T. G., Walker, C. F., de Bruyn, W. J., & Saltzman, E. S. (2020). Methanethiol, dimethyl sulfide and acetone over biologically productive waters in the southwest Pacific Ocean. Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics, 20(5), 3061-3078. doi: 10.5194/acp-20-3061-2020

Feng, Y., Roleda, M. Y., Armstrong, E., Summerfield, T. C., Law, C. S., Hurd, C. L., & Boyd, P. W. (2020). Effects of multiple drivers of ocean global change on the physiology and functional gene expression of the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi. Global Change Biology, 26, 5630-5645. doi: 10.1111/gcb.15259

Lennartz, S. T., Marandino, C. A., von Hobe, M., Andreae, M. O., Aranami, K., Atlas, E., … Law, C. S., … Xu, X. (2020). Marine carbonyl sulfide (OCS) and carbon disulfide (CS2): A compilation of measurements in seawater and the marine boundary layer. Earth System Science Data, 12(1), 591-609. doi: 10.5194/essd-12-591-2020

Cravigan, L. T., Mallet, M. D., Vaattovaara, P., Harvey, M. J., Law, C. S., Modini, R. L., … Ristovski, Z. (2020). Sea spray aerosol organic enrichment, water uptake and surface tension effects. Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics, 20, 7955-7977. doi: 10.5194/acp-20-7955-2020

Ellwood, M. J., Boyd, P. W., Cornwall, C. E., Croot, P., Currie, K. I., Frew, R. D., … Law, C., … McGraw, C. M., … Stirling, C., & Zitoun, R. (2020). Keith Hunter's legacy to marine science in New Zealand. Marine & Freshwater Research, 71(3), i-iii. doi: 10.1071/MFv71n3_ED

Vance, J. M., Currie, K. I., Law, C. S., Murdoch, J., & Zeldis, J. (2020). NZOA-ON: The New Zealand Ocean Acidification Observing Network. Marine & Freshwater Research, 71, 281-299. doi: 10.1071/MF19222

Ellwood, M. J., Bowie, A. R., Baker, A., Gault-Ringold, M., Hassler, C., Law, C. S., … Sander, S., … Boyd, P. W. (2018). Insights into the biogeochemical cycling of iron, nitrate, and phosphate across a 5,300 km South Pacific zonal section (153°E–150°W). Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 32(2), 187-207. doi: 10.1002/2017GB005736

Feng, Y., Roleda, M. Y., Armstrong, E., Law, C. S., Boyd, P. W., & Hurd, C. L. (2018). Environmental controls on the elemental composition of a Southern Hemisphere strain of the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi. Biogeosciences, 15, 581-595. doi: 10.5194/bg-15-581-2018

Law, C. S., Bell, J. J., Bostock, H. C., Cornwall, C. E., Cummings, V. J., Currie, K., … Hepburn, C. D., Hurd, C. L., Lamare, M., … Smith, A. M., & Tracey, D. M. (2018). Ocean acidification in New Zealand waters: Trends and impacts. New Zealand Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research, 52(2), 155-195. doi: 10.1080/00288330.2017.1374983

Law, C. S., Rickard, G. J., Mikaloff-Fletcher, S. E., Pinkerton, M. H., Behrens, E., Chiswell, S. M., & Currie, K. (2018). Climate change projections for the surface ocean around New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research, 52(3), 309-335. doi: 10.1080/00288330.2017.1390772

Wilson, S. T., Bange, H. W., Arévalo-Martínez, D. L., Barnes, J., Borges, A. V., Brown, I., … Law, C. S., … Rehder, G. (2018). An intercomparison of oceanic methane and nitrous oxide measurements. Biogeosciences, 15(19), 5891-5907. doi: 10.5194/bg-15-5891-2018

Smith, M. J., Walker, C. F., Bell, T. G., Harvey, M. J., Saltzman, E. S., & Law, C. S. (2018). Gradient flux measurements of sea-Air DMS transfer during the Surface Ocean Aerosol Production (SOAP) experiment. Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics, 18(8), 5861-5877. doi: 10.5194/acp-18-5861-2018

Law, C. S., Smith, M. J., Harvey, M. J., Bell, T. G., Cravigan, L. T., Elliott, F. C., … Walker, C. F. (2017). Overview and preliminary results of the Surface Ocean Aerosol Production (SOAP) campaign. Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics, 17(22), 13645-13667. doi: 10.5194/acp-17-13645-2017

Lizotte, M., Levasseur, M., Law, C. S., Walker, C. F., Safi, K. A., Marriner, A., & Kiene, R. P. (2017). Dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) and dimethyl sulfide (DMS) cycling across contrasting biological hotspots of the New Zealand subtropical front. Ocean Science, 13(6), 961-982. doi: 10.5194/os-13-961-2017

Burrell, T. J., Maas, E. W., Hulston, D. A., & Law, C. S. (2017). Variable response to warming and ocean acidification by bacterial processes in different plankton communities. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 79(1), 49-62. doi: 10.3354/ame01819

Burrell, T. J., Maas, E. W., Teesdale-Spittle, P., & Law, C. S. (2016). Assessing approaches to determine the effect of ocean acidification on bacterial processes. Biogeosciences, 13(15), 4379-4388. doi: 10.5194/bg-13-4379-2016

Walker, C. F., Harvey, M. J., Smith, M. J., Bell, T. G., Saltzman, E. S., Marriner, A. S., … Law, C. S. (2016). Assessing the potential for dimethylsulfide enrichment at the sea surface and its influence on air-sea flux. Ocean Science, 12(5), 1033-1048. doi: 10.5194/os-12-1033-2016

Brévière, E. H. G., Bakker, D. C. E., Bange, H. W., Bates, T. S., Bell, T. G., Boyd, P. W., … Law, C. S., … Saltzman, E. S. (2015). Surface ocean-lower atmosphere study: Scientific synthesis and contribution to Earth system science. Anthropocene, 12, 54-68. doi: 10.1016/j.ancene.2015.11.001

Bell, T. G., de Bruyn, W., Marandino, C. A., Miller, S. D., Law, C. S., Smith, M. J., & Saltzman, E. S. (2015). Dimethylsulfide gas transfer coefficients from algal blooms in the Southern Ocean. Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics, 15(4), 1783-1794. doi: 10.5194/acp-15-1783-2015

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