Antarctica and the Southern Ocean play a pivotal role in the complex interplay of the world’s natural environment. They are the engine room for global ocean circulation. Antarctica’s ice sheets, ice shelves and sea ice have a profound influence on the world’s oceans, marine life, sea levels and weather patterns. There are few places on Earth where new scientific research can provide such far-reaching insight and benefits.
On this continent of extremes, nearly everything is different. It’s the nearest most humans can get to an ‘off-planet’ experience. By any standards, Antarctica offers a tantalising frontier for scientific research.
The New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute has been formed to bring teams together and provide a much-needed impetus for scientific research in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean. New scientific information will help to open up a range of new understanding and possibilities. As a charitable trust, NZARI will partner with philanthropists businesses, goverrnments, and research agencies to: