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Platelet Ice: A Unique and Fragile Antarctic Ecosystem

Date: 2021
Type: Cold Call Article
Authors: Natalie Robinson and Rowan Howard-Williams
Summary: Just beneath the sea ice of the Ross Sea lies a fragile and largely unexplored world. Thin, delicate ice crystals come together in a layer, which can be several metres thick, attached to the bottom of the sea ice.
Nansen Ice Shelf Won Sang Lee Korean Polar Research Institute

Policy implications of Antarctic ice sheet melting and global sea-level research

Date: 2020
Type: Cold Call Article
Authors: Professor Tim Naish and Associate Professor Richard Levy
Summary: Sea-level rise will affect parts of New Zealand in different ways. Projections beyond 2050 are uncertain, because it depends how fast we act to reduce global CO2 emissions. This uncertainty is a major challenge to decision-makers. Understanding the melting of Antarctica’s ice sheets, a major driver of sea-level rise, is crucial for future planning and policy decision-making.
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A Greener Antarctica

Date: 2020
Type: Cold Call Article
Authors: Professor Ian Hawes – Antarctic Science Platform Programme Leader
Summary: Green snow is a visible marker of environmental change in polar regions. The colour is due to a group of algae. While conditions for snow algae ecosystems are rare in the Ross Sea sector of Antarctica — it is too cold — snow algae are a good illustration of the complex changes that can happen in fragile ecosystems as climate change accelerates.
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A Climate Crisis Opportunity?

Policy implications of COVID-19 on climate change mitigation and adaptation
Date: 2020
Type: Cold Call Article
Authors: Professor Tim Naish, Professor Andrea Dutton (guest contributor & visiting Fullbright Scholar )
Summary: The global coronavirus pandemic provides a source of hope that we can combat a common threat and that rapid social transformation is possible within a very short time-frame. We need this hope, because global cooperation is essential for tackling climate change. Our world is interconnected, and there is an opportunity to improve environmental and social outcomes as we rebuild from the pandemic.