Welcome to GNS Science

We are New Zealand's leading provider of Earth, geoscience and isotope research and consultancy services. We apply our scientific knowledge from the atomic to the planetary scale to create wealth, protect the environment, and improve the safety of people.

 Earth Science

Understanding earth processes for exploration and geohazards.

Energy & Resources

Sustainable energy development and resource use for wealth creation.

Natural Hazards

Understanding, monitoring and planning for community protection.

Environment & Materials

Understanding of human impacts on earth systems, and innovations for industry

Media Releases

Multinational probe of Hikurangi subduction zone gets underway - 16/10/2017

Scientists are preparing for New Zealand’s largest ever deployment of seafloor earthquake recording instruments in a bid to learn more about the earthquake behaviour of the tectonic plates beneath the east coast of the North Island.

Major accolades for two GNS Science staff at Royal Society’s awards function - 10/10/2017

Two GNS Science staff have been honoured in the Royal Society’s Annual Awards announced in Auckland last night. Ian Hamling received the Hamilton Award for Early Career Research Excellence and Roger Cooper won the Hutton Medal which is awarded annually for outstanding research in Earth, plant or animal sciences.

Sub-surface data in Taranaki provides new insights into the break-up of Gondwana supercontinent - 28/09/2017

A recently completed study of the geological history of New Zealand’s offshore northwestern region has revealed new insights into the break-up of the Gondwana supercontinent during the time of the dinosaurs.

Joint NZ-US mission to repair tsunami warning station - 20/09/2017

A tsunami reporting station situated in the Pacific Ocean that is currently off line is to be repaired in a joint operation involving New Zealand and United States government agencies.

Project to understand health of lakes receives $12 million in MBIE funding - 15/09/2017

A project jointly led by GNS Science and the Cawthron Institute to understand the current and historic health of 380 New Zealand lakes has received $12 million over five years from the government’s Endeavour Fund.

What's new

Introducing GeoTrips

GNS Science is delighted to introduce the new GeoTrips website. 

Research Update: First major study of urban CO2 emissions from down under

A GNS Science team led by Radiocarbon Science Leader Dr Jocelyn Turnbull will be collaborating on the first major study of CO2 emissions from Southern Hemisphere cities over the next two years.

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