Antarctic Futures Workshop

13-15 March 2013
Copthorne Hotel, Auckland - Harbour City, 196-200 Quay Street

Apply to Participate

NZARI will support travel and attendance costs for up to 50 New Zealand Scientists. Interested researchers should submit a short paragraph (300 words) outlining their scientific interest and its ability to conrtibute to the development of NZARI Science Challenges. Submit applications by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. including your name, institution and contact details along with your abstract. Applications close on January 31, 2013. All submissions will be circulated to participants in advance to facilitate discussions at the workshop. Participants should expect to make short presentations and contribute to working group discussions focussed on common areas of focus and interest.


The New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI) has been developed to build a more visible and valued National Antarctic Research programme. It plans to achieve this in the following ways:

  • By bringing new money into the Antarctic Research sector
  • By building a science outcome/question focused research effort
  • By helping to grow the linked up research effort so that research teams can address more challengingscientific questions
  • By working in partnership with research organisations to facilitate the development of scientific questions
  • By engaging with International partners to develop joint research programmes

As a first step in this process, we are inviting the wider Antarctic community to engage in helping to develop the future science directions for the programme to be supported by the institute. The next step will be to call for proposals from the community and develop research programmes with a range of research organisations to address the developing science challenges.

Science Challenges

Early discussions have identified the following early science challenges for NZARI:

  • What will the linear, non-linear and extreme responses of Antarctica be in a warming world?
  • What changes will the warming and rising ocean drive in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean?
  • What global changes will result in changes in the Antarctic cryosphere?
  • Why is Antarctica not responding to warming at the same rate as the Arctic? How long will this continue?
  • How is Antarctica connected to the rest of the globe and how does it drive our environment, habitats and economy?
  • What are the pressures on and resilience of the Antarctic marine and terrestrial ecosystems to predicted changes? What iconic species can we use to track this?

Emerging areas where we might focus our effort

  • An integrated effort to study the Ross Ice Shelf, sub ice oceanography, sea ice, sea floor sediments and structure and their interactions and importance in a global system.
  • Geological drilling to recover paleoclimate archives to underpin climate models.
  • A ship-based marine initiative to study ecosystems, oceanography, sea ice and sea floor sediments.
  • Identifying programmes and developing research effort in key areas to monitor change and understand natural systems. For example but not limited to sea ice and terrestrial observing systems
  • Broader modeling initiatives that integrate physical and biological processes and records

We welcome additional ideas where multidiciplinary effort might be focused on key scientific questions of broad significance

Gary Wilson, Director NZARI, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
19 Dec 2012