Updates

Antarctica New Zealand Science Update (127) April 2016

LOGISTICS SUPPORT REQUESTS

Anyone who is invited to submit a full Marsden proposal which has an Antarctic field component will need to submit a logistics support request to Antarctica New Zealand for support in the 2017/18 season and beyond by the same deadline: Thursday, 23 June 2016.

The application template and submission guide (Antarctica New Zealand Logistics Support Request) can be found here.

Completed forms should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please contact Fiona if you have any questions regarding this requirement.

SCIENCE ADVISOR ROLE: APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

This is a full time permanent role within the Science team created to provide a vital link with the research community and Science Funding Agencies for Antarctica New Zealand. 

This role has responsibility for delivering a range of outcomes where Antarctica New Zealand engage with the wider research community including workshops, contract management, reporting, strategy review and funding. 

You will need to have a graduate science degree, Antarctic field experience and technical writing experience to be successful. 

Applications must be made on our recruitment website and will close on 15 May 2016 at 1700 hrs NZT

Direct link to our recruitment site is: http://www.bfound.net/detail.aspx?jobId=134847&CoId=1582&rq=3

HILLARY FIELD CENTRE UPGRADE PROJECT – UPDATE

Antarctica New Zealand are in the middle of upgrading the Hillary Field Centre at Scott Base in an effort to meet the changing needs of science events. The HFC construction team of 8 returned back to New Zealand on April 8 after a successful construction period where they managed to complete all programmed work and approximately 2 weeks of the work scheduled for winfly. Both the North porch and Container Docking bay are now enclosed. The team will head back down at winfly and target the completion of the Northern warm porch with the intention of opening this back up for normal operations at the start of main body. The focus will then be on the container dock with an estimated completion date of mid-November.

The Northern warm porch will function similar to the vehicle workshop cold porches and provide: More floor area for field deployment preparations, vehicle loading, short term cargo storage and more sustainable heat control when entering and exiting the buildings.

The container dock is specifically for mobile customised 20ft shipping container labs of any nature, fitted out to support event requirements. It's a plug and play concept where a specialist lab can be constructed in New Zealand, sent down on the ship and used both in the field and at Scott base, with services connected at Scott base via a services panel. The philosophy has been to keep the container dock functionality as broad as possible to allow for all types of science demands now and in the future. Antarctica NZ are currently working on a mobile containerised wet lab for marine science to be housed in the container dock when required. This is due to head down on the ship in January 2017. For any other information or ideas on other mobile laboratories or the HFC project please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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SCAR ANNOUNCEMENTS

Launch of SCAR 'Visiting Professor Scheme 2016'
The scheme is designed to encourage the active involvement of scientists and academics in Antarctic research, and to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in Antarctic research.
The Visiting Professorship is for mid- to late-career stage scientists and academics who are involved in Antarctic research, providing the opportunity for them to undertake a short-term visit (1 to 4 weeks) to an institute in another SCAR member country, to provide training and mentoring.  The ultimate goal of the scheme is to strengthen the research capacity of countries with smaller or less well-developed Antarctic research programmes, promoting capacity building in the host institute and developing long-term links and partnerships which will lead to advances in Antarctic research. 
The scheme provides awards of up to USD $2500 each, covering the cost of an international return flight and some contribution towards living expenses for the visiting period.  Some commitment is required from the candidate's home institute (or the candidate themselves, if retired) and the proposed host institute.  

Full information on the scheme, including details of the application process and the criteria on which applications will be assessed, is available on the SCAR website at http://www.scar.org/visitingprof/information or follow the link from the SCAR home page.

The closing date for applications is Thursday, 30 June 2016.

Nominations for the 2016 Tinker-Muse Prize

The “Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica” is a US$ 100,000 unrestricted award presented to an individual in the fields of Antarctic science and/or policy who has demonstrated potential for sustained and significant contributions that will enhance the understanding and/or preservation of Antarctica.  The Prize is inspired by Martha T. Muse’s passion for Antarctica and is a legacy of the International Polar Year 2007-2008.
The prize-winner can be from any country and work in any field of Antarctic science and/or policy.  The goal is to provide recognition of the important work being done by the individual and to call attention to the significance of understanding Antarctica in a time of change.  See www.museprize.org.  The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, 11 May 2016.

SCAR and COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowships 2016 and CCAMLR Scientific Scholarships 2016

SCAR and COMNAP have again joined forces to launch fellowships for early-career researchers.  

The SCAR and COMNAP fellowships are worth up to USD $15,000 each and up to six fellowships in total are on offer for 2016.  The fellowships enable early-career researchers to join a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating research partnerships that last for many years and over many Antarctic research seasons.

The deadline for SCAR and COMNAP applications is Wednesday, 1 June 2016. The SCAR and COMNAP schemes are launched in conjunction with CCAMLR's Scientific Scholarship Scheme.

The CCAMLR Scholarship provides funding of up to AUD $30,000 to assist early-career scientists to participate in the work of the CCAMLR Scientific Committee and its working groups over a two year period.  The objective of the scheme is to build capacity within the CCAMLR scientific community to help generate and sustain the scientific expertise needed to support the work of CCAMLR in the long-term.  The deadline for CCAMLR applications is Saturday, 1 October 2016.

Workshop on Microbiome Analysis at Open Science Conference

We’d like to bring to your attention an AntEco-sponsored workshop on microbiome analysis at the 2016 SCAR Open Science Conference in Kuala Lumpur:

 Title: Harmonising Molecular and Functional Analyses of Antarctic Microbiomes: Toward A Framework for Understanding Ecosystem Functional Resilience

Date: Saturday, 27 August 2016

Time: 09:00-13:00

Location: Anggerik Room, IPS Building, University of Malaya

The workshop is open for all to attend, and we are pleased to announce that limited travel grants will be available for early-career researchers (sponsored by AntEco) working in relevant areas toward their conference registration fee. Please contact workshop organisers for an application form.

Contact Charles Lee (University of Waikato, New Zealand): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI)

WINTER SCHOOL

NZARI is hosting 20 successful applicants on Great Barrier Island for this year’s Winter School. The focus will be on Antarctic Ecosystems in a Changing World, and will be held Friday 20 – Saturday 22 May. Winter School is designed to engage media personnel, policy analysts, educators and sponsors in order to provide a solid level of understanding about pressing issues for Antarctic ecosystems, and how Antarctic research is contributing to a broader understanding of climate change. It aims to take a practical approach to help those who communicate Antarctic science to the wider-public through a series of speaking sessions which all have a practical component – for example learning how to model and interpret data, thus better understand the science. This is one of many efforts that NZARI is making to improve the communication of topical Antarctic and Southern Oceans Research to the wider community.

Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies (PCAS): Applications Open

PCAS is a 14 week, in‐depth, multi‐disciplinary programme of study that critically examines contemporary scientific, environmental, social and political debates focused on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. It includes a 10 day visit to Antarctica, supported by Antarctica New Zealand, where participants undertake a mix of analytical and interpretive field projects and environmental monitoring projects in the vicinity of Scott Base.  It can also be used as part of our one year Master of Antarctic Studies.

 The programme provides a unique Antarctic experience that is valuable for:

  • Future Antarctic researchers
  • Employees and managers within National Antarctic programmes
  • Employees within government agencies involved in Antarctic policy or environmental management
  • School teachers and university lecturers
  • Antarctic enthusiasts.

 Further details may be found atwww.anta.canterbury.ac.nz/ .

Applications close on 1 August 2016.

One Planet - One Ocean: From Science to Solutions

An Open Online Course starting April 25th
This Massive Open Online Course brings in some of the world's leading experts on ocean science to present the issues and potential solutions grounded in rigorous scientific research. It targets citizens around the globe who aspire to use this knowledge for better stewardship of our ocean. The course is subtitled in Chinese, Portugese and German and there are no course fees.
Join us in this open course as we explore this last great frontier on Earth.
On behalf of the course instructors,
Martin Visbeck
Lead Course Instructor, Member of SDSN Leadership Council and Professor at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Course and enrolment details at www.oceanmooc.org

Quantarctica User Survey (5 minutes)

The Norwegian Polar Institute has developed the free, standalone open GIS package Quantarctica [quantarctica.org] for Antarctic science and mapping. This geospatial data package is built on the open-source, cross-platform QGIS software, and includes a wide range of cartographic basemap layers, geophysical and glaciological datasets, and satellite imagery. The next version of Quantarctica, releasing in 2017, will focus on increasing the breadth and depth of the included open data from an expanded array of international partners and investigators. Priorities for this new version include Antarctic climatology, biology, oceanography, and atmospheric sciences. The Quantarctica project is also expanding its educational outreach through online and video user tutorials and user workshops.

As part of this enhanced outreach effort, the buildup to the 2016 SCAR Open Science Conference in Kuala Lumpur, and the upcoming release of Quantarctica v3, the Quantarctica project team has assembled a User Survey. The User Survey is meant for everyone in the Antarctic community, including those who have never used Quantarctica or GIS software. Feedback from this survey will be used to prioritize improvements and additions to Quantarctica v3. The survey will close on May 31st.

Access the User Survey here:http://www.quantarctica.org/user-survey.html

 

Antarctica New Zealand Science Update (126) March 2016

LOGISTICS SUPPORT REQUESTS

Anyone applying in the current Deep South funding round who has an Antarctic field component in their proposal will need to submit a logistics support request to Antarctica New Zealand for support in the 2017/18 season and beyond by the same deadline, Wednesday, 6 April 2016.

The application template and submission guide (Antarctica New Zealand Logistics Support Request) can be found here.

Completed forms should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please contact Fiona if you have any questions regarding this requirement.

SCAR ANNOUNCEMENTS

Polar Challenge Launched

The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation have launched a new Polar Challenge to develop an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) capable of a 2000 km mission under the sea-ice in the Arctic or Antarctic.

The aim is to stimulate innovation into new monitoring tools for the Polar oceans, to complement satellite observations and ultimately expand scientific research capabilities and climate services in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

The Polar Challenge – with a prize of 500,000 Swiss francs – was announced during the Arctic Science Summit Week, 12-18 March in Fairbanks, USA. More information can be found here.

SCAR and COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowships 2016 and CCAMLR Scientific Scholarships 2016

SCAR and COMNAP have again joined forces to launch fellowships for early-career researchers.  

The SCAR and COMNAP fellowships are worth up to USD $15,000 each and up to six fellowships in total are on offer for 2016.  The fellowships enable early-career researchers to join a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating research partnerships that last for many years and over many Antarctic research seasons.

The deadline for SCAR and COMNAP applications is Wednesday, 1 June 2016. The SCAR and COMNAP schemes are launched in conjunction with CCAMLR's Scientific Scholarship Scheme.

The CCAMLR Scholarship provides funding of up to AUD $30,000 to assist early-career scientists to participate in the work of the CCAMLR Scientific Committee and its working groups over a two year period.  The objective of the scheme is to build capacity within the CCAMLR scientific community to help generate and sustain the scientific expertise needed to support the work of CCAMLR in the long-term.  The deadline for CCAMLR applications is Saturday, 1 October 2016.

New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI)

NZARI to support NZ researchers to present findings at SCAR conference

NZARI will provide $50,000 to support 26 New Zealand-based researchers to present their findings at the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Open Science Conference in Kuala Lumpur in August 2016.  The funding will particularly help postgraduate students and early career scientists across New Zealand Universities and Crown Research Institutes. 

WINTER SCHOOL

This year’s NZARI Winter School will focus on Antarctic Ecosystems in a Changing World, and will be held Friday 20 – Saturday 22 May on Great Barrier Island. The Winter School is designed to engage media personnel, policy analysts, educators and sponsors in order to provide a solid level of understanding about pressing issues for Antarctic ecosystems, and how Antarctic research is contributing to a broader understanding of climate change. More information can be found here. Applications are encouraged, and close at 5pm, Wednesday 20 April 2016.

2016 Trans-Antarctic Association Grant Application Round

The Trans-Antarctic Association (New Zealand Branch) provides small grants each year in support of Antarctic research and related activities, towards travel to workshops and conferences. Grants are normally less than $3000. 

Application forms can be downloaded from the UK-based TAA website.  The 2014-15 forms are still valid.

Forms should be completed with a clear justification and complete budget for the project being undertaken, along with the contribution being sought from TAA. Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or residents. Email completed applications to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by Monday, 4 April 2016. 

Contact Arnold or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any queries. 

Applicants will be advised of the outcome by late April.

SEA ICE BREAKS OUT AROUND SCOTT BASE

Anthony Powell captured some remarkable footage of the sea ice breakout around Scott Base – a visual feast.

 Frozen south video screen shot

Antarctica New Zealand Science Update (125) February 2016

Awards

Information is now available on the Antarctica New Zealand Postgraduate Research Scholarship Programme. Two scholarships are being offered for the 2016/17 season: The NZARI Scholarship is a two-year fellowship to support doctoral research and the New Zealand Post Antarctic Scholarship is a one-year fellowship for either a masters or doctoral candidate. Information on eligibility requirements and the application procedures can be found here. The application deadline is Wednesday, 30 March 2016 (5pm).

2015/16 Reporting

Thanks to all who have completed their end of season reporting requirements. For all others who have recently returned from Antarctica, this is a reminder that you are required to submit your environmental actuals, an immediate science report, metadata, ASPA visit report(s), and upload some images to ADAM. All information needs to be submitted within four weeks of your return.  If you have any questions about your reporting requirements, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Planning for 2016/17 season

Just a reminder that the deadline for all detailed information to be entered into the ‘Planning Active’ phase within EMPEROR is Tuesday, 1 March 2016.

Logistics Support Requests

Anyone applying in the current MBIE Science Investment or Deep South funding rounds who has an Antarctic field component in their proposal will need to submit a logistics support request to Antarctica New Zealand (for support in the 2017/18 season and beyond) by the same deadline (MBIE Research Programme – 17 March 2016; Deep South – 6 April 2016; MBIE Smart Ideas [full proposal] – 15 June 2016). The application template and submission guide (Antarctica New Zealand Support Request) can be found here. Completed forms should be emailed to Fiona Shanhun (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Please contact Fiona if you have any questions regarding the requirement.

Deep South Contestable Funding

The Deep South Challenge is pleased to announce its first Contestable Funding round. In addition to programme-oriented funding, the Deep South is now conducting an open “Contestable Fund” process that invites ideas for focal area-based research aligned to any, including possibly two or more, of the five programmes. More information on the programmes, focal areas and the contestable funding process can be found in the below documents or on the Deep South Website.

SCAR Announcements

The official outcomes of the Third International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III) are available now. The report, entitled "Integrating Arctic Research – A Roadmap for the Future“ presents the key messages that emerged from the two-year ICARP III process. The report identifies the most important Arctic research needs and provides a roadmap for research priorities and partnerships. The ICARP process points the way for scientists to take action, in cooperation with rights holders and stakeholders, to produce results that will have global impact. It concludes that the role of the Arctic in the global system, the prediction of future climate dynamics and ecosystem responses, and improved understanding of the vulnerability and resilience of Arctic environments and societies must be prioritized.For more information, please see the final report and visit the ICARP III website.

SCAR and COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowships 2016 and CCAMLR Scientific Scholarships 2016

SCAR and COMNAP have again joined forces to launch fellowships for early-career researchers.  The SCAR and COMNAP fellowships are worth up to USD $15,000 each and up to six fellowships in total are on offer for 2016.  The fellowships enable early-career researchers to join a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating research partnerships that last for many years and over many Antarctic research seasons.  The deadline for SCAR and COMNAP applications is 1 June 2016.The SCAR and COMNAP schemes are launched in conjunction with CCAMLR's Scientific Scholarship Scheme.  The CCAMLR Scholarship provides funding of up to AUD $30,000 to assist early-career scientists to participate in the work of the CCAMLR Scientific Committee and its working groups over a period of two years.  The objective of the scheme is to build capacity within the CCAMLR scientific community to help generate and sustain the scientific expertise needed to support the work of CCAMLR in the long-term.  The deadline for CCAMLR applications is 1 October 2016.

New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI)

Funding

The application for travel grants is available now. 20 travel grants of up to $2,500 each will be awarded for New Zealand researchers to present their work at the SCAR Open Science Conference from 22 – 26 August 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. All New Zealand-based scientists presenting research at the SCAR Conference are eligible, though some preference will be given to early career presenters (up to 5 years post PhD), student presenters, and researchers who do not have access to conference funds through their home institutions. NZARI will consider top-up grants where applicants have access to partial support from other sources. Application information is available on the NZARI website. The submission deadline is Wednesday, 9 March 2016.

Conference

The deadline to submit abstracts for the SCAR Open Science Conference 2016 has been extended. Submissions are accepted until Monday, 29 February 2016. Refer to the submission guidelines here.

NZARI Research Funding

Seven new Type A projects and one postdoctoral scholarship were selected for funding during the most recent call for applications. A media release with information on recipients and research topics is forthcoming.

NZARI will be issuing a call for tenders for Collaborative Research Programme in Antarctic, Subantarctic and Southern Ocean Research. The RfP and all pursuant information will be posted on the “Supporting Research” section of the NZARI webpage next week.

 

Antarctica New Zealand Science Update (124) January 2016

Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE)

This call for proposals is a joint call between Ecole Polytechnique Federal of Lausanne (EPFL) as coordinator, and the partnering polar institutes (Australia/ France/ Norway/ Russia/ South Africa/ UK) under the patronage of Mr Frederik Paulsen.

The goal of the ACE Project is to offer to international teams of distinguished scientists an outstanding and unique opportunity to study the marine and terrestrial environment of the sub-Antarctic ecosystem, based on the following components:

  • A round trip of Antarctica in a single expedition (see Annex 1 Travel plan) of a 3-month duration. Project teams can participate in the whole expedition or only in one or two of the scheduled legs. Please see the Travel plan set out in Annex 1 (“Travel plan”), which shows the anticipated route along with a tentative time line for the three-month expedition, including proposed timing for island landings and cruising timelines between the islands. It should be noted that this map is purely provisional and will be adjusted, within the time frame, as required in light of the selected scientific projects.
  • A polar vessel proposed by the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute of St Petersburg will be made available for the Project, offering research labs and other facilities such as helicopters and other means of transport (see Annex 2 - Vessel description and research facilities).
  • A high level International Panel composed of distinguished scientific experts from polar institutions located in ACE partner countries including South Africa, Australia, Norway, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and the Russian Federation, with participation by external experts, will be established. The Panel will play a strategic role in selecting the scientific projects that will participate in the ACE project; Two kinds of projects are expected: 1) Projects which are going to use the vessel and the research platform without any requested funding; and 2) Projects which require additional funding. For the latter, funding will be provided by a sponsor with anticipated grant levels of up to 200 thousand Euros per project. The ACE project seeks to enhance international relations and collaboration amongst countries as well as to promote the interest of a new generation of young explorers in polar research. Therefore, we expect research projects submitted to the Panel to be open to any country or institution. Applicants should pay attention to the strict conditions and rules allowed by countries to conduct research projects in the islands and their environs. Annex 3 provides an overview of the key elements applicable to research projects seeking access to the islands and their environs. Applicants are requested to confirm that their project will comply with the rules presented in the annex and to read the complete Island Management Plan if necessary.

Please find attached the full call for proposals. Further information can also be obtained from the EPFL website The two-step process requires applicants to fill out a pre-registration form first and a full proposal before 31 January 2016.

The Deep South Contestable Fund

The Deep South National Science Challenge will open its first Contestable Funding Round on Monday, 8 February 2016. Information regarding the scope, timing, and available funding is being made available now to enable researchers and practitioners to start thinking about possible project ideas in advance of the Contestable Fund Request for Proposals officially opening. The Challenge invites proposals targeted towards at least one of the following four focal areas:

  1. Seed Funding
  2. Co-Funding
  3. Blue Sky
  4. Cross-challenge Collaboration

The deadline for proposals is 25 March 2016.  More information on the Deep South website

PlankDiv Workshop

A PlankDiv workshop on the “Impact of climate change on the distribution of plankton functional and phylogenetic diversity” will be held at the Observatoire Océanologie de Villefranche sur mer, France, on 14 – 18 March 2016. It aims at gathering expertise in species distribution and ecological niche modelling, plankton biogeography, plankton functional traits, and plankton phylogeny to quantitatively assess the impact of climate and climate change on plankton community structure and functioning. Travel grants are available for early career researchers. Detailed information about registration and abstract submission can be found on the workshop website.

Awards

Congratulation to the organising committee of the SCAR Open Science Conference (Auckland 2014) on receiving the New Zealand Business Events Award!  The award was received from New Zealand Tourism in recognition of the SCAR conference raising New Zealand’s international profile, encouraged knowledge transfer and generated opportunities for trade and investment, all of which are invaluable for the future development of New Zealand.  Chair of the organising committee Bryan Storey recently accepted the award on behalf of the team, which included:

  • Ed Butler (Antarctica New Zealand)
  • Craig Cary (Univ of Waikato)
  • Sira Engelbertz (APECS Rep)
  • Clive Evans (Univ of Auckland)
  • Katrina Hall (Gateway Antarctica)
  • Richard Meylan (Royal Society)
  • Fraser Morgan (Landcare Research)
  • Jo Pollard/Kylie Wood (Antarctica New Zealand)
  • Nita Smith (CCC IceFest)
  • Rhian Salmon (Victoria Univ)

Focus on Science

Here is a short video showing K055’s science team (University of Canterbury) removing a wintered-over SnowWeb weather station from the Ross Ice Shelf - extremely fast! With the help of Southern Lakes Helicopters, they successfully found and removed all eight stations before afternoon tea.

Antarctica New Zealand Science Update (123) December 2015

K800, Event Manager Gary Wilson (NZARI), “Pilot study to assess the viability of a long term ecological research and monitoring programme at Cape Adare”

Cape Adare stretches some 40km beyond the Antarctic Continent across the Continental Shelf. It is flanked to the east by the northern Ross Sea and to the West by Robertson Bay. The following characteristics make it an ideal monitoring and observation point to understand the impact of warm ocean and climate propogating into Antarctica from the Southern Ocean: 1) Robertson Bay is some 500m deep and has the potential to record deep water inflow which is predicted as climate warms and is also indicated as the biggest risk for melting Antarctic ice shelves. 2) Cape Adare also lies between the Antarctic continental high pressure and the Southern Ocean low pressure, and 3) Ridley Beach at the tip of the Peninsula is home to Antarctica’s largest Adelie Penguin Colony. Cape Adare and the Ridley Beach Penguin Colony also offers the advantage of being on the edge of the proposed Ross Sea marine protected area and may represent an opportunity to monitor the associated ecosystem.

In November a team of 8 established a camp on the edge of the Penguin Colony at Ridley Beach. From there we surveyed the marine ecosystem from the Robertson Bay Sea Ice. We were able to collect drop camera, water properties and water samples along a series of transects radiating out from the beach. The terrestrial team were able to conduct a similar transect survey across Ridley Beach and up onto Adare Peninsula itself. The team also serviced a Weather Station and remote camera on Adare Ridge and installed a new Station on Ridley Beach that has 18 sensors and is the first ANTOS station to be established. The team also established a set of baseline observations of the Penguin colony, tagged 78 birds to establish their feeding grounds and patterns and conducted a series of monitoring exercises to establish that our presence near to the colony was not impacting the birds.

The Cape Adare expedition was a joint effort between Antarctica New Zealand, NZARI, NIWA, University of Waikato, University of Canterbury, Landcare Research and KOPRI.

Seeking information on ‘Weather Box’ near Canada GlaciercanadaG.png

There is an old ‘weather box’ on an island, that was once a peninsula, in Lake Fryxell.  It is thought to be a weather station of Kiwi origin. If you have any information which event it may have belonged to, please get in touch. There are plans underway to remove the box unless we can establish that it is still being used.

Antarctic Specially Protected Areas

In accordance with Article 6 (3) of Annex V to the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, New Zealand has initiated a review of the management plans for the following Antarctic Specially Protected Areas (ASPA):

We would welcome any comments to consider for our review, no later than Monday 11 January, 2016. Please feel free to share this with others that may be interested in providing comments that we have missed off the list.

Awards

The Royal Society of New Zealand announced the recipients of the Marsden Fund grants in November. Among the 92 research projects that received funding, four are focused on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

Fast Start grants:

  • Dr Natalie Robinson (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) “Putting a lid on it: dynamic and thermodynamic effects of an active, multi-phase interfacial layer on boundary-layer interactions”
  • Dr Rob Middag (University of Otago) “The ice is melting: how do trace metals in the ocean influence the Antarctic marine ecosystem and global climate?”

Standard grants:

  • Associate Professor Nancy Bertler (Victoria University of Wellington) “Predicting a sea change: Antarctic ice-ocean interactions in a warming world”
  • Dr Jocelyn Turnbull (GNS Science) “Is the Southern Ocean carbon sink sinking? Using records of atmospheric radiocarbon to characterise the response of the Southern Ocean to climate change”

A full list of awardees is available here: http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/programmes/funds/marsden/awards/2015-awards/ Congratulations to the recipients!

Scholarships

The Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, is offering TWO fully funded scholarships with a focus in paleoclimate reconstruction and ice sheet modelling:

Ultra high resolution Holocene reconstruction of ice-ocean interactions in the Ross Sea Region

A fully funded PhD position is available to work on ultra high resolution Holocene climate recordsfrom the RICE ice core and IODP-U1357 core. The PhD project focuses in particular on the reconstruction of concurrent changes in air and sea surface temperature, wind strength, sea ice extent, polynya activity and ocean stratification to investigate the role of ocean forcing on grounding line retreat. The PhD includes the geochemical analysis of ice core samples and potentially some analysis on the marine sediment record.

The successful candidate will be collaborating with a large number of international scientists and graduate students of the RICE and IODP-U1357 teams.

For more information please see: http://www.rice.aq/opportunities.html.

For details of the application process or to lodge and expression of interest, contact Associate Prof. Nancy Bertler (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Dr. Rob McKay (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Additional advisors include Dr. Nick Golledge (VUW), Prof. Lionel Carter (VUW), Prof. Rob Dunbar (Stanford U.), Prof. Howard Conway (U. Washington), and Prof. Matt England (U. New South Wales).

Investigating Ross Ice Shelf grounding line retreat using data constraint coupled ice shelf / ice sheet model experiments

The project will use outputs from a high-resolution ocean-atmosphere model as inputs to the coupled ice shelf / ice sheet model.

After undertaking a range of sensitivity experiments, the primary focus of the research will be on

  1. simulating the long-term thinning and retreat of the ice sheet and Ross Ice Shelf through the Holocene and
  2. predicting the behaviour of this integrated ice sheet/shelf/ocean system during recent warm periods - (e.g. the Holocene climatic optimum) and to climate variability on shorter timescales (e.g. SAM, ENSO, anthropogenic forcings.

The successful candidate will be collaborating with a large number of international scientists and graduate students of the RICE and IODP-U1357 teams.

For more information please see: http://www.rice.aq/opportunities.html.

For details of the application process or to lodge an expression of interest, contact Dr. Nick Golledge (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Additional advisors include Prof. Matt England (U. New South Wales), Associate Prof. Nancy Bertler (VUW), Dr. Rob McKay (VUW), Prof. Lionel Carter (VUW), Prof. Rob Dunbar (Stanford U.), and Prof. Howard Conway (U. Washington).

Application Deadline: 18 Dec 2015