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.


Aug11-5Exhibitions and PerformancesFrom Pole to Pole Photo Exhibition
Date: 11 August – 5 September 2014
Time: 9.00 am
Venue: Hub Mezzanine, Victoria University of Wellington
The exhibition is a collaboration designed to highlight some of the contrasting changes, opportunities… Read more
Sep3Public LecturesST Lee Lecture
Date: 3 September 2014
Time: 5.00 pm
Venue: Hunter Council Chambers, Level 2, Hunter Building, Victoria University.
The fate of the Antarctic ice sheet: Lessons from the geological past and how… Read more
Oct22-23Victoria University of Wellington Antarctic Expeditions
Date: 22–23 October 2014
Time: 8.00 am
2014—Reflections and Aspirations A Symposium for VUWAE benefactors, alumni and friends as we celebrate the… Read more

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18 August 2014 Research priorities for Antarctic science
Three Victoria University of Wellington researchers have contributed to defining the strategic priorities for Southern Ocean and Antarctic science research for the next 20 years. Read more
22 July 2014 Leading Antarctic researcher wins global award
Professor Tim Naish, Director of Victoria University of Wellington’s Antarctic Research Centre, has received a prestigious international award for his outstanding research into understanding Antarctica’s response to past and present climate change and the role of Antarctica’s ice sheets in global sea-level change through time. 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 »