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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29 April 2020

April Update

Vision Mātauranga and new partnership with Deep South The Deep South National Science Challenge Kāhui Māori (Māori Council) has agreed to jointly support the Antarctic Science Platform to provide advice in relation to the Platfor… Read More

Opportunities
9 April 2020

Two new PhD opportunities with Project Three

The Antarctic Science Platform is thrilled to offer two new PhD opportunities associated with Project Three, projecting Ross Sea Region ecosystem changes in a warming world. The first PhD project is looking at the impact of regio… Read More

Opportunities
10 March 2020

PhD Scholarship: Distribution modelling of Antarctic species

Another PhD opportunity is available with Project Three, this time based at the University of Canterbury. The Tonkin Lab is looking for a student to develop and apply process-explicit species distribution models and various other… Read More

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