NZARI partners with Antarctica New Zealand and research agencies to develop a global understanding of Antarctica's impacts and vulnerability in a changing global climate. NZARIs vision is to inform industry, government and community alike so that we can plan for impacts of change and where possible mitigate them. A particular focus is placed on the Ross Sea region, where the Southern Ocean reaches its furthest south (85oS) beneath the Ross Ice Shelf.

Funding for NZARI is from organisations and individuals concerned with global scale connections to Antarctica and consequences of its changing environment. The grand scientific challenge for NZARI is to determine how Antarctica, its ice, oceans and climate will respond in a warming global climate and indirectly what those changes in Antarctica will mean for the rest of the world in terms of sea level, climate and ecosystems.

NZARI is a charitable trust. The Director of NZARI, Prof Gary Wilson is also Antarctica New Zealand's Chief Scientific Advisor.

NZARI is changing the paradigm of how Antarctic research is conducted by:

  • Building world-leading research teams and positioning them to tackle the big questions
  • Funding projects that focus on key challenges for humanity, where findings are likely to motivate communities, policy makers and world leaders to act

NZARI works to develop the capability of the Antarctic research community by offering research funds, facilitating exchange of ideas, promoting science outreach and supporting science talent.

NZARI is a charitable trust. Funding for NZARI is sought from organisations concerned with global scale connections to Antarctica and consequences of its changing environment.


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New NZARI projects announced

In February 2016, NZARI announced the results of its fourth funding round of Type A proposals. From the 21 applications that had been submitted, seven projects were selected for support. In addition, and for the first time, a Postdoctoral Fellowship was offered. These projects enable researchers to develop new technology and scientific approaches that will improve our understanding of how Antarctica and its biology will respond as the world warms.

Successful projects 2015/16:

  • Past Antarctic ice sheet characteristics and stability deduced from lava—ice interactions at Mason Spur, Mount Morning volcano, McMurdo Sound, during mid-Late Miocene climatic warmth (GNS Science)
  • Shining a light in the darkness: Winter science in the McMurdo Dry Valleys (University of Canterbury and Cawthron Institute)
  • Transgenerational Plasticity (TGP) in polar invertebrates as mechanism of adapting to a warmer more acidic coastal Antarctic (University of Otago)
  • Sentinels of the Southern Ocean: measuring nutritional condition of right whales using remotely piloted multi-rotor aircraft (University of Otago)
  • Mercury contamination in Adélie and emperor penguins in the Ross Sea: latitudinal, temporal, sexual, age and inter-specific differences (Landcare Research)
  • Testing predicted tolerances of Antarctic non-marine biota across all trophic levels (Landcare Research)
  • Past and future deformation of the Ross Ice Shelf (University of Otago)
  • Out of Antarctica: implications of extensive gene flow and multiple reproductive modes on the resilience of a Southern Ocean brittle star (Postdoctoral Fellowship; University of Auckland)