Antarctic Science Platform

Supporting excellent science to understand Antarctica's impact on the global earth system.

The Platform supports four large scale research projects that fall under two main Programmes; the Antarctic ice-ocean-atmosphere system in a warming world and Ross Sea Region ecosystem dynamics in a warming world.

The funding is for $49 million over seven years.

In Budget 2017 a new Strategic Science Investment Fund (SSIF) for Antarctic science was announced. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment then invited Antarctica New Zealand to develop a plan to host the Antarctic Science Platform. In 2018 MBIE contracted Antarctica New Zealand to host the Antarctic Science Platform. More information about the Platform can be found here

Our Work

Icebreak out

Programme 1

The Antarctic ice-ocean-atmosphere system in a warming world, led by Professor Tim Naish

Project 3

Programme 2

Ross Sea Region ecosystem dynamics in a warming world, led by Professor Ian Hawes

Updates

Drilling at Siple Coast
3 February 2020

Drilling for icy answers

This summer, nearly one thousand kilometres from Scott Base across the world’s largest ice shelf, a team of Kiwi researchers plunged to new depths. The team used hot water to drill 600 metres though the Ross Ice Shelf, at an are… Read More

Opportunities
30 January 2020

Sea ice modelling fellowship

Project Four is looking for an early career climate modeller to join the multidisciplinary sea ice research team at the University of Otago. This is an exciting opportunity for an early career climate modeller to join one of the… Read More

Tim pudding 2
2 December 2019

Antarctica to London

“One of the biggest, most urgent questions is how Antarctica is responding to climate change, and what are its impacts on humanity”. Professor Tim Naish, from Victoria University of Wellington, isn’t one to shy away from the big … Read More

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