2015 Archive

Published on 25.02.16

2015 ANNOUNCEMENTS 

 


 

Request for Proposals (NZARI RFP 2016-1)

Type A‐Research Projects of Excellence in Antarctic, Sub-antarctic and Southern Ocean Research.

Deadline: 23 September 2015 at 5pm

The New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI) is seeking investigator-initiated proposals for short-term research projects (one year in duration and requests of up to $100,000 excl. GST). Within this funding round, NZARI will provide one additional grant to a Type A project led by a Postdoctoral scholar.

See the full RfP here: http://nzari.aq/supporting-research/request-for-proposals


NZARI to support new research projects to investigate Antarctica’s changing ice cover

The New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI) will provide $500,000 in funding to six new research projects to investigate how Antarctica’s ice cover will change as the world warms.

The new projects, funded from support NZARI received from the Aotearoa Foundation and Air New Zealand explore how ice floating at the edge of Antarctica interacts with the surrounding Southern Ocean.

“An area which was once deemed one of the most stable parts of our planet is now showing real signs of change,” says NZARI Director, Professor Gary Wilson.

“I congratulate these funding recipients for the ambitious nature of their science objectives. Each proposal directly supports NZARI’s goal of enabling high-quality, collaborative research which seeks answers to some of the global challenges presented by a changing climate today.”

This year NZARI funded research is supporting science which aims to understand if ocean warming is affecting the rate at which ice is melting and if the melting ice is in-turn refreezing the ocean.

Researchers will also investigate the impact that changes to Antarctica’s ice sheets will have on the planet. For New Zealand, this means better understanding the effect of this on sea levels and the climate. This is important because we may already be seeing changing patterns of rainfall and drought.

This research will also determine whether the changes in Antarctica will adjust our perceptions of its fragile ice free environments, which will require some careful planning for human activities in Antarctica.

The six projects were chosen from 30 applications through a rigorous peer-review process that involved 49 expert reviewers under the guidance of an International Science Panel. The new funding will support New Zealand research teams from across four New Zealand universities and two crown research institutes enabling them to team up with international collaborators in Australia, Denmark, Korea, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Three of the successful projects will undertake fieldwork in Antarctica during the next two seasons (2015/16 and 2016/17) as part of New Zealand's Antarctic Programme. The logistics support for this research is provided by Antarctica New Zealand.

“New Zealand has a strong reputation of scientific leadership in Antarctica and NZARI is committed to tackling global challenges,” says Professor Wilson. “NZARI research is not constrained by what scientists think they can achieve with existing resources, rather we are focussed on the future of our planet and what its ecosystems require.”

Preliminary results from this research are expected towards the end of 2017.

Link to press release.


NZARI releases 2013–2014 Annual Report

In its second year of operations, NZARI provided funding to seven research teams and launched two collaborative programmes of new research focusing on the vulnerability of the Ross Ice Shelf and setting up an ocean and climate monitoring point at Cape Adare. NZARI also provided support for NZ researchers to attend international science workshops and conferences. With operational support from Antarctica New Zealand, three NZARI-funded projects conducted successful research seasons in Antarctica.

Download NZARI Annual Report 2013 –2014


 NZARI RFP 2015-1

Type A‐Research Projects of Excellence in Antarctic, Subantarctic and Southern Ocean Research.

Deadline 16 October 2014 (5pm)

The New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI) is seeking investigator-initiated proposals for short-term research projects (one year in duration and requests of up to $100,000 excl. GST).

Proposals are to be submitted as a single, complete pdf file to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">Thisemail using the templates provided.

Downloads

Request for Proposals 2015-1 (PDF 475KB)

Request for Proposals Submission Guide (PDF 464KB)

Request for Proposals Template (doc 913KB)

Request for Proposals CV Template (doc 79KB)

Science Directions and Priorities

NZARI White Paper


 New NZARI funding to continue important Antarctic research

NZARI is pleased to announce the results of its second funding round for Type A, short duration, high impact projects that use innovative approaches to investigate how Antarctica and its surrounding ice shelves and oceans will respond to warming climate.

With a 23% increase in applications, the selection process was highly competitive. The seven projects were chosen from 37 applications through a rigorous peer-review process that involved 30 expert reviewers under the guidance of an International Science Panel.

The newly funded projects are:

  • Stratospheric transport, jets, and a better simulation of ozone's fingerprint on Antarctic climate  - Dr Greg Bodeker, Bodeker Scientific
  • Mesoscale variability in sea ice thickness, optical properties and algal biomass - Prof Ian Hawes, Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury
  • Meteorological Change in the Ross Sea Region and its Link to Antarctic Sea Ice Trends - Dr Adrian McDonald, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury
  • Impact of a warmer climate on Southern Ocean circulation and bioproductivity: The early Holocene - Dr Joe Prebble, GNS Science; Dr Giuseppe Cortese, GNS Science and Helen Bostock, NIWA
  • Postglacial changes in the location and intensity of the southern westerly winds, subantarctic Auckland Islands - Dr Christopher Moy, Geology Department, University of Otago; Dr Marcus Vandergoes, GNS Science and Dr Matthew McGlone, Landcare Research
  • Tidal flexure of ice shelves: the key to understanding Antarctic grounding zones - Dr Wolfgang Rack, Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury
  • Invertebrates on the edge: Assessing the Mackay Glacier as an ecotone for tracking biological responses to climate changes - Prof Ian Hogg, School of Science, University of Waikato

The new projects, funded from support NZARI received from the Robertson Foundation and Air New Zealand, will investigate a wide range of Antarctic environments, especially around the edges of the Antarctic continent where its icy margin interacts with the surrounding ocean. Researchers will also analyse how biota fares in these extreme environments as
they change.

Link to press release


 NZARI Director discusses the relevance of recent East Antarctic study to New Zealand

A new study by researchers in Germany has found thawing of the Wilkes Basin in East Antarctica could trigger an unstoppable slide of ice into the ocean and raise sea levels by three to four metres over the next thousand years. 

Professor Gary Wilson, Director of NZARI, discusses this study with RadioNZ's Mary Wilson and goes on to explain it's relevance to New Zealand and New Zealanders.

New Zealand has launched a new initiative to do some work on the Ross Ice Shelf, the biggest floating ice shelf around the West Antarctic margin and geographically closer to New Zealand.  This research will focus on discovering the oceanographic relationship to the water underneath this ice shelf and work to identify how vulnerable that system is to global warming.

Link to RadioNZ online.