Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are fundamentally important to the global climate system, and have an important influence on New Zealand’s climate. By improving understanding of key processes, attributing change and reducing uncertainty in future predictions, our research will inform global, regional and local consequences of environmental change.
Targeted Platform research is filling knowledge gaps, in order to:
Our stakeholders include governmental policy makers, international scientific and policy bodies, local council planners and environmental managers, engineers, economists, insurers, researchers, Māori, and the general public. We are engaging with stakeholders to inform research design and communicate results, both in New Zealand and internationally.
The Platform has established two expert groups to accelerate uptake of our research, and ensure it is fit-for-purpose. The Future Projections Expert Group is providing policy-ready projections for stakeholders, while the Science-Policy Interface Expert Group is connecting Antarctic policy makers and researchers.
Examples of research outputs include: