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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23 October 2014 What Antarctica’s past reveals about future climate
A PhD student at Victoria University of Wellington’s Antarctic Research Centre is looking to the distant past to discover what’s ahead for the world’s climate. Read more
1 October 2014 Warnings from a warming ocean
Changes taking place in the oceans around Antarctica could result in an abrupt rise in global sea level, according to a Victoria University of Wellington led study.. Read more
16 September 2014 More snow but less ice for Antarctic glaciers
Future increases in snowfall will not prevent the retreat of glaciers on the northern Antarctic Peninsula, according to a new study involving a Victoria University of Wellington researcher. Read more

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IceSked is the newsletter of the Antarctic Research Centre.  The newsletter is produced bi-annually in June and December and contains short articles about the current research by our staff and students as well as highlighting recent news and events. In the latest issue we plan for the future, prepare to celebrate the past, as well as share some science in action! 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 »