Science in the field

Opportunity Projects

The Platform is supporting a range of short-medium term research projects alongside our core long-term projects. These projects allow us to be responsive to changing research priorities and new opportunities, and to attract new talent and capability.

The Antarctic Science Platform’s Opportunities Fund aims to support researchers in taking advantage of unexpected, high priority opportunities, which are not supported by other means. Such opportunities could leverage an important capability, a substantial international effort, or contribute a unique and critical Aotearoa New Zealand perspective.

This contestable funding provides grants of up to NZ$100,000.

Funded Projects

Weddell Seal Photo Harry Seagar

The status and future of the Weddell seal in the Ross Sea

Weddell seals can tell us about the health of the Southern Ocean – how have Ross Sea populations been doing over the past ten years, and what environmental conditions cause instability in their populations?

Sea ice photo by Tim Haskell

Geophysical assessment of fast ice and sub-ice platelet layer in Terra Nova Bay

Platelet ice contributes to Antarctic fast ice volume and is an important biological habitat – what are the regional atmosphere-ocean-ice interactions driving its formation?

Hut Point Photo Blake Mc Davitt

Groundwater Flux into the Ross Sea: An invisible driver of change

Hidden deep beneath the Antarctic ice lies a network of lakes and rivers – is this connected to the Ross Sea region Marine Protected Area, and what does this mean for the surrounding ocean?

Ice wall

Linking oceanographic driven sediment flux to geologic records in Antarctic submarine canyons

Submarine canyons can serve as pathways for water, sediment and organic carbon transport to the deep ocean – what is the role of Antarctic submarine canyons in global ocean circulation and ecosystem functioning?

Environment Antz Powell photo

Seed Projects

A small contestable research funding round was run in 2019, with a focus on data analysis and the development of early career researchers.