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20 December 2021

The Bird that measures Antarctic ice

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…It’s a laser-shooting electromagnetic ice device!This Antarctic research season, Kiwi scientists are using new technology to measure sea ice in McMurdo Sound and help add to our understanding of its impo… Read More

Scott Base from above by Antz Powell
17 December 2021

Cabinet approves Aotearoa's 10 year research plan for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean

Aotearoa New Zealand’s plan for research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean over the next decade has been approved by Cabinet, following public consultation.The Antarctic Research Directions and Priorities 2021-2030 reaffirms A… Read More

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26 November 2021

Marsden Success!

Antarctic science has received four Marsden Fund grants. And what variety! The secrets of snow and phytoplankton, molecular time capsules, the edge of human existence - we keep finding new frontiers.Congratulations to:Dr Ruzica D… Read More

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18 November 2021

'Making a difference': Antarctic researchers honoured

Professor Gary Wilson has been awarded the Thomson Medal by Royal Society Te Apārangi for his leadership in developing New Zealand's international profile in Antarctic Research.The Thomson Medal is awarded for outstanding contrib… Read More

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9 November 2021

Drilling into Antarctica’s past to see our future

Antarctic researchers are preparing to drill into the ocean floor below the Ross Ice Shelf to discover if cutting greenhouse gas emissions avoids catastrophic melt of the icy continent.The Antarctic research project will investig… Read More