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 in Antarctica

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The Antarctic Science Platform comprises of four major projects, each with it's own team of world leading scientists and research priorities. Find out more about the projects below:

Project One: Antarctic Ice Dynamics

Project Two: Antarctic Ocean Mechanics

Project Three: Projecting Ross Sea Region ecosystem changes in a warming world

Project Four: Sea Ice and Carbon Cycle Feedbacks

Antarctica's ICEperts - Webinar Series

Our Antarctic ICEperts webinar series will unpack life in Antarctica, while highlighting the important research conducted by the Antarctic Science Platform over the last three years. This science will inform policy makers understanding of Antarctica’s impact on the global earth system and how this might change in a +2˚C (Paris Agreement) world.

Updates

Preparing instrument on winch above borehole
24 August 2020

Antarctica's ICEperts - Drilling through the world’s largest ice shelf for a glimpse into the future

Our Antarctica's ICEperts webinar series will unpack life in Antarctica, while highlighting the important research conducted by the Antarctic Science Platform over the last three years. This science will inform policy makers unde… Read More

Sea ice sciene Natalie Robinson Vanessa Wells
14 August 2020

Antarctica's ICEperts - Forays into Frozen Oceans

Our Antarctic ICEperts webinar series will unpack life in Antarctica, while highlighting the important research conducted by the Antarctic Science Platform over the last three years. This science will inform policy makers underst… Read More

ASP Scaled
31 July 2020

July Update

Following the Covid-19 disruption to the 20/21 season, field event planning is now underway for the next five years. The Platform team is working with the Antarctica New Zealand Operations team to outline a logistics plan for fut… Read More

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