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 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
23 June 2016 Understanding what's under the ocean
As a self-professed terrible sailor, Professor Lionel Carter says it’s ironic that he’s spent a large part of his career at sea.Victorious Autumn 2016 Read more
23 June 2016 Big success for Antarctic research team
It’s a trifecta of success for the Antarctic Research Centre (ARC) at Victoria University of Wellington, which is home to three researchers who are recipients of one of New Zealand’s most prestigious fellowships. 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»

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 »