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

Water—Rapuhia, kimihia: Quest for knowledge

Antarctica contains an enormous amount of the world’s fresh water, 90 percent of it is ice and if it all melted it could raise sea level by 60 metres, says Professor Tim Naish in the second episode of Water—Rapuhia, kimihia: Quest for knowledge.

Credit to Newsroom and Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington

Updates

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30 June 2020

Congratulations to the Melting Ice and Rising Seas team

Antarctica New Zealand and the Antarctic Science Platform extends a huge congratulations to the Melting Ice and Rising Seas team who have won the Prime Minister’s Science prize. The team is led by the Antarctic Research Centre, a… Read More

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9 June 2020

COVID-19 Impacts Antarctic Field Season

As COVID-19 sweeps the planet, only one continent remains untouched and Antarctica New Zealand is focused on keeping it that way. After close consultation with other National Antarctic Programmes in the Ross Sea region and consid… Read More

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18 May 2020

Emotive new documentary episode highlights Antarctica’s global role in sea level rise

It’s thousands of miles from home, and a place very few New Zealanders will visit in their life time, but the vital role Antarctica plays in global sea level rise cannot be underestimated. “It contains an enormous amount of the … Read More

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