This summer season around 120 scientists are travelling to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean to conduct research.

New Zealand’s Antarctic Science Programme is driven by the Government’s science strategy for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Events for this season are grouped into three strategic themes:

CLIMATE, CRYOSPHERE, ATMOSPHERE AND LITHOSPHERE

Improved understanding of the past and current state of Antarctica, its significance and implications of the role of Antarctica in global change, and implications of global change for Antarctica.

INLAND AND COASTAL ECOSYSTEMS

Improved understanding of inland and coastal ecosystems of the Ross Sea region leading to enhanced knowledge, conservation and protection priorities in Antarctica.

MARINE SYSTEMS

Improved conservation and resource management of the Antarctic marine environment.