Our mission is to better understand Antarctic climate history and processes, and their influence on the global climate system, especially in New Zealand and the southwest Pacific region.
We believe this research opens up exciting opportunities and challenges for young scientists, as well as providing a sound basis for international debate and policy development on global change issues.
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With the global negotiations in Paris this month, the timing for newly published, highly relevant research from ARC staff and students could not be better. These studies highlight the importance of limiting global warming to less than 2oC above pre-industrial levels if major loss of the Antarctic ice sheet is to be prevented. Read more»
Last summer Chris joined ARC staff on the expedition to the Friis Hills in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. Chris describes the two weeks in the mountains collecting data as "a dream come true". Now Chris is working toward an MSc using data from a much older expedition to Antarctica. More »