Research case studies

ESR undertakes a range of research that both informs our work and helps solve our clients' problems. To read examples of the research we have undertaken, sortable by science discipline, read the case studies below.

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Enhanced mitigation of nitrate in groundwater

ESR is developing new methods for the removal of nitrogen from groundwater systems.

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Using New Zealand native vegetation to improve water quality

According to the report Our Fresh Water 2017 by the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment, the continuous degradation of water quality is the main environmental issue that needs urgent consideration.

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Recreational shellfish gathering guidelines

New Zealand has a strong cultural relationship with the oceans. The recreational gathering of coastal seafood such as mussels, pāua, pipi and cockles has strong traditional origins with Māori but it is practised by members of communities across all sectors of society.

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Restoring the health and wellbeing of the lake and whanau of Matahuru

At one time Lake Waikare at Lower Waikato was a source of sustenance for the whanau of Matahuru.

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Managing the risk of emerging organic contaminants

Emerging Organic Contaminants (EOCs) are natural or manufactured chemicals in household and personal care products, pharmaceuticals, and agrichemicals; their use and discharge is largely unregulated.

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Optimising the process for microplastic analysis

Microplastics are small plastic particles in the environment that come from a variety of sources, including cosmetics, clothing, and industrial processes.

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