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 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

NZARI will support six new projects in 2017 to determine the impacts and implications of current and future warming in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Covering a wide range of topics, these projects use an array of new and emerging technologies; from unmanned aerial vehicles to the deployment of specialised probes for under-ice surveillance. One of the projects will attempt to make measurements of the ocean in front of Scott Base as it freezes in the -40°C temperatures of the Antarctic winter.

Successful projects 2017/18:

  • Southern right whales as indicators of Southern Ocean productivity (University of Otago)
  • The offshore air mass journey and interaction with the Ross Sea surfaces: A process-based investigation of regional climate influenced by mesocyclones (University of Canterbury)
  • Taking the measure of winter sea ice from beneath, within and above (University of Otago) 
  • Potential for non-linear, threshold-driven response of Antarctic outlet glaciers; insights from David Glacier, Antarctica (Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Secrets under the ice: Is McMurdo Sound a spawning area for Antarctic toothfish? (NIWA and Institute of Marine Sciences, Italy)
  • On thin ice? An in situ surveillance system for sea-ice microbial communities (Victoria University of Wellington and University of Tasmania)