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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16 February 2017 Explaining New Zealand’s “unusual” growing glaciers
Newly published research shows regional climate variability caused an “unusual” period in which some of New Zealand’s glaciers grew bigger, while glaciers worldwide were shrinking. Read more
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

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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 »