2021 Antarctic Science Conference and SIRG Understanding Mountain Climate II Conference: 9 - 13 February

The Call for Abstracts is now open!

We are pleased to announce that the call for abstracts for the 2021 combined Antarctic Science Conference and NZ Snow and Ice Research Group (SIRG) Understanding Mountain Climate II Conference is now open!

If your research is associated with Antarctica, click here for more information about submitting your abstract to present at the Antarctic Science Conference.

If your research is associated with New Zealand snow and glaciers/mountain climate, click here for more information about submitting your abstract to present at SIRG Understanding Mountain Climate II Conference.

The theme for the conference is:

Connecting Through Change

Changes in climate and our environment are no longer just future predictions and projections: they are our reality. These global, intergenerational issues demand our attention and collaborative efforts to find solutions. Through fostering interdisciplinary approaches and addressing large, complex questions, New Zealand researchers are enhancing our understanding of the world around us. Weaving mātauranga Māori into Antarctic and Southern Ocean research highlights deep connections between humans and te taiao, and in these times of change, connections are key: with people, with the land, with the sea. Join us to celebrate, connect and collaborate as we navigate these unusual times together.

Connecting through Change will showcase the latest findings from New Zealand’s Antarctic research programme. It will highlight the critical importance of translating research discoveries into policy outcomes, and provide an opportunity for researchers, iwi, policy-makers and educators to connect in a way that will inspire, engage and unite us all.

Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa - Let us keep close together not far apart

To promote connection and collaboration, the conference will be combined with the NZ Snow and Ice Research Group’s (SIRG’s) annual meeting, and Antarctica New Zealand, SIRG UC, and NIWA are all working together to host a fantastic week that celebrates the full spectrum of Antarctic research.

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Session Themes: Antarctic Science Conference

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Ice dynamics

This session invites presentations that:

Investigate past and present ice dynamics in the Ross Sea region, including from sedimentary records, glacial systems, and ice shelves, to detect and anticipate impacts of change.

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Marine life in the Ross Sea and beyond

This session invites presentations that:

Describe findings from recent Southern Ocean voyages, as well as top-predator research in the Ross Sea region, with a focus on assessing the effectiveness of the world’s largest Marine Protected Area and identifying ecological impacts of change.

Atmosphere

Atmosphere, weather and climate dynamics

This session invites presentations that:

Provide insights from observations of atmospheric, space weather, and climate processes and highlight their value in detecting, monitoring and understanding environmental change.

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Projections of change

This session invites presentations that:

Utilise environmental reconstructions and an understanding of modern processes to model and project change, examining impacts on Antarctica as well as the effects of change in Antarctica on the rest of the world.

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Ice-ocean interactions and sea ice processes

This session invites presentations that:

Investigate sea ice and ocean processes, interactions of the ocean with ice shelves and sea ice, as well as the influence of sea ice on the global climate system.

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Human Connections and Impacts

This session invites presentations that:

Examine how people engage with Antarctica, incorporate mātauranga Māori to explore connections with te taiao, and provide insights into management of intrinsic conservation values.

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Ecosystems in a changing environment

This session invites presentations that:

Characterise marine, aquatic, and terrestrial ecosystems and assess the impacts of projected environmental change on organism diversity, function, and resilience.

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Dynamic Earth systems and processes

This session invites presentations that:

Explore chemical, geomorphic, tectonic, and hydrological processes that shape the earth surface at micro and macro-scales, and assess their influence on biological systems and landscapes.

Session Themes: Snow and Ice Research Group – Understanding Mountain Climate II

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Glacier-climate connections and snow

This session invites presentations that:

Investigate climatic influences on New Zealand glaciers, with specific foci on geomorphology, stratigraphy, geochronology, paleoclimate reconstructions, mass balance studies, modern observations and modelling.

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Alpine hydrology, hazards, and ecosystems

This session invites presentations that:

Use long-term in situ and remotely-sensed observations to improve understanding of snow, ice and permafrost, with specific foci on alpine processes, relationships between alpine environmental / ecological change and seasonal snow / hydrology shifts (past, present or future), and investigations on avalanche and landslide hazards.