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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31 October 2014 Professor Tim Naish elected Fellow
Professor Tim Naish, Director of Victoria University’s Antarctic Research Centre, has been elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Read more
28 October 2014 Antarctic themed reading room opens in Central Library
Wellington’s scorching sun created a cool coincidence last week as a ceremony was held to open an Antarctic themed reading room at Victoria University. Read more
28 October 2014 Sea ice belt plays key role in preventing Antarctic melting
Changes to the Southern Ocean’s sea ice belt could mean future ice sheet melt and global sea level rising several metres in coming centuries, according to Victoria University of Wellington research.  Read more

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Funding campaign for Thin Ice film

Fundraising is underway to ensure a ground-breaking film on climate change, featuring Victoria University of Wellington scientists, can be adapted for broadcast on United States public television. By supporting this crowd funding initiative for as little as $10, you will help others understand why climate is changing, and give them the understanding and confidence to respond. Read more»

Peter Neff collecting ice cores from Roosevelt Island, Antarctica

Peter Neff

Peter has spent nearly 4 months in Antarctica, measuring rare earth element concentrations in ice to understand the processes controlling aerosol transport to Antarctica. Originally from the US, Peter came to Victoria University to experience the research environment in another country. More »