Updates

Bringing you hot topics, from cold places

Discover the latest updates on our activities, team and research findings. You can browse, filter by category or type, or search by keywords.

James Renwick

Antarctica records its highest ever temperature

Date: 2021
Type: In the media
Authors: TVNZ
Summary: Antarctica has reached a new record high temperature of 18.3 degrees Celcius, new data has confirmed
6 PM Dr Nancy Bertler photo credit Brendon O Hagan

Budget 2021: Scott Base investment 'welcome news'

Date: 2021
Type: In the media
Authors: Newstalk ZB
Summary: As part of the 2021 Budget, $344 million was invested into Scott Base - New Zealand's science headquarters in Antarctica. Antarctic Science Platform director at Antarctica New Zealand Nancy Bertler told Tim Dower the news is amazing.
Ice Ocean

Scientists accidentally discover life deep underneath Antarctic ice shelf

Date: 2021
Type: In the media
Authors: TVNZ
Summary: Deep in Antarctic waters, underneath a massive floating ice shelf, baffled scientists have discovered life.
Antarctica image

More plants could begin to 'invade the Antarctic Peninsula' as the frozen continent warms

Date: 2021
Type: In the media
Authors: Lee Kenny- Stuff
Summary: In February, some of the country’s top Antarctic scientists met in Christchurch to share the latest research on the continent. Reporter LEE KENNY joined the delegates to discover what the future holds for New Zealand’s frozen neighbour.
EM Bird flying

Kiwi research team first to use planes to measure Antarctic sea ice

Date: 2021
Type: In the media
Authors: Antarctica New Zealand
Summary: A New Zealand research team has achieved a major milestone – being the first in the world to measure the thickness of Antarctic sea ice from the air. The team, led by University of Canterbury glaciologist Wolfgang Rack, has just published its findings, after using a modified plan towing special electromagnetic equipment to measure an 800-kilometre stretch of ice in the Ross Sea.
Otago749892

Change on ice

Date: 2020
Type: In the media
Summary: Otago scientists are taking prominent roles in an important Antarctic Science Platform programme to investigate how a warming world will impact ecosystems in the Ross Sea. Will two degrees be too much?
Olivia Truax

Climate emergency chance to use evidence-based solutions

Date: 2020
Type: In the media
Authors: Otago Daily Times
Summary: Declaring a climate emergency shows New Zealand is committed to evidence-based solutions in the face of the world’s most challenging problems, University of Otago PhD student Olivia Truax says. Ms Truax, from the university’s geology department, was among a group of Antarctic scientists who supported Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s declaration of a climate emergency this month.

Archive