The Antarctic Science Challenge for New Zealand

A 5-year focus for Antarctic, Southern Ocean and Subantarctic Research (2013-2018)


Purpose: ­ to outline the research focus for Antarctic Science, through NZARI, identified from a community-wide strategic science meeting.

With a warming globe, we must determine how vulnerable Antarctica’s ice sheets, shelves and sea ice are to the warming.  Equally, with greater pressures on biological resources, we must determine how resilient biological systems are to both changing climate and fishing pressure.

The Antarctica and Southern Ocean response to global change will have a direct influence on New Zealand’s natural environment and beyond via a global ocean and atmospheric circulation, which in the South is dominated by Antarctic processes.  Understanding and planning for the effects on New Zealand and managing our natural resources will require an integrated study of Antarctic processes (ice, ocean, atmosphere and biology) and how they impact on New Zealand’s ocean, climate and biota.


To view the full Antarctic Futures White Paper follow this link:  full proposal