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.