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.


Jan22TEDxScottBase Wellington LiveStream Party
Date: 22 January 2017
Time: 1.00 pm
Venue: Victoria University, GBLT1, Pipitea Campus
The TEDxScottBase livestream event marks the 60th anniversary of Scott Base and New Zealand’s Antarctic programme. Read more
Feb1414th Annual S.T. Lee Lecture in Antarctic Studies
Date: 14 February 2017
Time: 5.30 pm
Venue: Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 1, Pipitea Campus
Future sea-level rise from warming of the polar ice sheets by Professor Eric J.M. Rignot Read more

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21 December 2016 The far-reaching impact of Antarctic melting
A new study published last week in Nature reveals just how sensitive the Earth’s climate might be to changes taking place in Antarctica. Read more
11 November 2016 ARC researcher among Wellingtonian of the Year winners for 2016
Congratulations to Nancy Bertler, Associate Professor at the Antarctic Research Centre and GNS Science, who won the Science and Technology category in the 2016 Wellingtonian of the Year awards. Read more
11 November 2016 Recognition for leading Antarctic researcher
Professor Tim Naish, Director of the Antarctic Research Centre, is one of three leading New Zealand scientists to be recognised for research excellence with an esteemed James Cook Research Fellowship in 2016. Two of the three fellowships for 2016 were awarded to Victoria researchers. Read more

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Latest December 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»

PhD candidate Lauren Vargo recording a GPS location on Tasman Glacier, South Island

Lauren Vargo

After a recommendation from an ARC graduate, Lauren Vargo moved from New Mexico, USA to Wellington, NZ to begin her PhD research investigating annual to decadal variability of glaciers in the Southern Alps. More »