Antarctic Research Centre

Antarctic Research Centre

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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17 October 2016 Presenting ‘Naish Peaks’
A group of mountainous peaks in Antarctica has been named after Professor Tim Naish, Director of the Antarctic Research Centre. Read more
5 July 2016 Antarctic researcher leading next generation of scientists
A Victoria University of Wellington Antarctic researcher has won a prestigious leadership award named in the honour of the late Sir Peter Blake. Read more
23 June 2016 Victoria scientists at the heart of world's biggest geoscience project
Victoria University of Wellington is leading two major scientific drilling investigations in New Zealand and Antarctica as part of the world’s biggest geoscience project, the International Ocean Discovery Programme (IODP). Read more

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Latest June issue of ARC Newsletter

There is something for everyone in this newsletter. We report on some exciting fieldwork conducted by our staff and students this past summer in New Zealand and Antarctica, as well as profile some outreach and communication activities. Read more»

PhD candidate Lauren Vargo recording a GPS location on Tasman Glacier, South Island

Lauren Vargo

After a recommendation from an ARC graduate, Lauren Vargo moved from New Mexico, USA to Wellington, NZ to begin her PhD research investigating annual to decadal variability of glaciers in the Southern Alps. More »