By the Numbers
7 years: 2018-2025
25 early career researchers
30+ graduate students
10 research organisations
The purpose of the Antarctic Science Platform (ASP) is to conduct excellent science to understand Antarctica’s impact on the global earth system, and how this might change in a +2° (Paris Agreement) world, or warmer.
The Antarctic Science Platform is a collaborative enterprise, designed by New Zealand’s Antarctic science and research community, and the users of this research.
Since 1957, New Zealand has sustained an ongoing programme of Antarctic research, in fields including climatology, paleoclimatology, geology, glaciology, sea-ice research, atmospheric research, biology (terrestrial, marine and freshwater), and oceanography. Particular strengths have included sea-ice research, biological research (including establishing and maintaining long-term biological datasets), long-term monitoring of the Antarctic ozone hole, climatological research, and reconstruction of past Antarctic climates. Large scale geological and glaciological drilling programmes have led to New Zealand being an international leader in Antarctic scientific drilling technology. In large parts, however, research has been undertaken by relatively small groups of scientists funded through diverse mechanisms for 1-3 year periods.
The ASP concept evolved with the recognition that to address bold questions, that require long term data and collective efforts, a new approach to funding of science was needed. Longer-term, multi-disciplinary research projects, and a focus on capability building through the ASP is intended to facilitate a cohesive and integrated approach to addressing policy needs of both a regional and global nature, and to ensure that a new generation of Antarctic researchers is being trained. To this end the New Zealand Antarctic (and related) science community was brought together to the major questions that needed addressing and the best way to accomplish this.