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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14 March 2016 Warning that Antarctic ice sheet a “sleeping giant”
New research has led to a warning from a leading Antarctic expert that the world is on track for massive sea level rises resulting from the melting of an ice sheet. Read more
2 March 2016 Italy and New Zealand in Antarctica
The ARC and the Embassy of Italy held a series of short presentations on 25 February 2016, to celebrate the long history of collaboration between Italy and New Zealand in Antarctica. Read more
15 February 2016 Visiting researcher updates the New Zealand glacier inventory
Dr Sabine Baumann is a guest researcher from the Technical University of Munich. She has received DFG funding to update the New Zealand glacier inventory and will be based at the ARC until the end of May. Read more

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Latest Dec issue of ARC Newsletter

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»

Chris Kraus in front of a high view of Antarctic snow and mountains

Chris Kraus

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 »