A significant international event will kick-start 2015 with the visit of the Xuě Lóng, China's icebreaker and polar research vessel to the Port of Lyttelton in Christchurch. For three days from 16 January the Xuě Lóng, whose name translates to Snow Dragon, will dock for refuelling and cargo transfer in Lyttelton having travelled through the Southern Ocean from the Ross Sea region. Read more...
December 2014 - This year, we saw something nobody has ever seen before. Paul Kelly and Bill Stansfield, two volunteers seconded to Scott Base by the Antarctic Society, went for a Christmas Day walk in the pressure ridges when they spotted a seal with an enormous toothfish – on the sea ice, resting its head contentedly on its catch, looking for all intents and purposes like a very happy Labrador dog. The accepted wisdom is that seals only ever eat in the water, and there are no previous records of a Weddell seal ever bringing a toothfish out onto the sea ice. But this one did – and it got exactly what it wanted for Christmas ! Read more...
Blake McDonald and Peter O’Sullivan, both of Dunedin have been selected for the three month Apprent-ICE programme as a result of a New Zealand-wide search which began in October 2014. They will depart for Antarctica this week. Read more...
December 2014 - Today I had an epic adventure: Tom, Kate, Shaun and I installed two survey cameras on top of Turtle Rock. For days, we had been trying to reach the summit of the island, but poor visibility and hidden cracks in the sea ice had kept us away. The solution was simple: take one extremely experienced pilot, a highly motivated team, and drop in by helicopter! Read more...
In the last news update, I explained that as scientists we are in Antarctica to find out what is going on with the toothfish in McMurdo Sound – is toothfish a "Gone Fish"? In that update, our friend the seal showed us that large toothfish are still roaming McMurdo Sound, but scientific journals rarely accept the contributions of marine mammal field assistants: It's now up to us to find fish for ourselves. Read more...
UPDATE FROM THE ICE - Dr Regina Eisert – Research Scientist, Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury
A new kind of field assistant
The call comes over the public speaker system at Scott Base: We have a toothfish, who wants to help us carry it to the science building? Within minutes, people in orange and black jackets show up, ready to share in the excitement of science on the Ice... read more
REMEMBERANCE DAY SPEECH, 11 NOVEMBER 2014, Chapel of the Snows – McMurdo Station by GRAEME AYRES, Antarctica New Zealand General Manager, Base Operations and Logistics. Read the full speech here.
Antarctica New Zealand welcomes the Korean National Antarctic Programme to Christchurch's Antarctic community.Today, the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) will open their New Zealand-based cooperation office at the International Antarctic Centre where the New Zealand, United States and Italian Antarctic programmes are currently based. Download press release here.
24 October 2014
For most of us the Antarctic is a vast mysterous wilderness of extraordinary beauty, that, even today after more than a century’s exploration, we know very little about. What we are now beginning to realise is the importance of this great southern continent in regulating Earth’s climate.
Professor Tim Naish, Director of Victoria University of Wellington’s Antarctic Research Centre, has received a prestigious international award for his outstanding research into understanding Antarctica’s response to past and present climate change and the role of Antarctica’s ice sheets in global sea-level change through time.
Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and Antarctica New Zealand have today signed a historic Record of Understanding – formalising their longstanding relationship and strengthening their ongoing commitment to collaborative projects on the world’s coldest continent.
New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR) has recognized the cooperation between Antarctica New Zealand and the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) in response to the loss of a Twin Otter aircraft and its crew in Antarctica in January 2013.
A major new initiative by Antarctica New Zealand and Landcare Research, the Antarctic Environments Portal, bridges the gap between scientists and decision makers by bringing science knowledge to the fingertips of policy makers.
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.
Scientists and policymakers will meet in Queenstown this week to discusss the biggest issues facing Antarctica over the next two decades.
TV3 The Nation's Lisa Owen wraps up the week with panelists Antarctica New Zealand Board Chair Rob Fenwick, Auckland University Associate Professor Damon Salesa and Herald on Sunday Deputy Editor Jonathan Milne.
TV3 The Nation's Lisa Owen talks to US Professor Chuck Kennicutt and NZ Professor Gary Wilson about how climate change is affecting Antarctica and the impact that it's having on New Zealand .
University of Waikato researchers joint ScienceAlert for a chat to answer all of your questions about working in Antarctica.
A research student from St Francis Xavier University has just returned from a trip of a lifetime - a three-week expedition in Antarctica.
University of Tasmania has launched a FREE online introductory course in Marine and Antarctic Science.
10 ski-equipped LC-130 cargo planes to fly 1,100 researchers, support staff and cargo to New Zealand instead of C-17 GlobemasterIII jets.
Dr Jonathan Banks is working on an international NZARI funded project examing how climate change is affecting Antarctica's top predators.