About us

The Antarctic Research Centre is recognised as a world leader in Antarctic studies. Learn more about the Centre and the vital scientific research we facilitate.

The Antarctic Research Centre (ARC) is a centre of research excellence within the Faculty of Science and reports directly to the Dean of Science. It is co-located with the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, with which it shares academic staff and facilities.

The Centre also contributes to both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research supervision in sedimentology, glaciology, paleoclimatology and Antarctic affairs.

Mission

In July 2004, the Advisory Board adopted the Mission of the Antarctic Research Centre as to: Research the field of Antarctic earth sciences with a focus on past climate history and processes and their influence on NZ and global climate, and as a consequence:

  • provide University teaching services related to the Centre’s research
  • advise the government on Antarctic issues as requested
  • promote the study of the Antarctic and its value to society.

The ARC seeks to improve understanding of Antarctic climate history and processes and their influence on the global climate system, especially New Zealand and the SW Pacific region. We believe this field provides exciting opportunities and challenges attractive to young researchers, and is needed to provide a sound basis for international debate and policy development on global change issues.

Resources

The Antarctic Research Centre (ARC) is currently directed by AProf Andrew Mackintosh. The Centre holds a library of maps, as well as a range of purpose-built equipment for polar marine studies. Such articles include winches, corers, oceanographic instruments and GPS surveying equipment.

Since 1957, staff and students from Victoria University have gone to the ice each year to carry out field studies for a variety of research projects. Normally three or four projects are carried out per year. Results are reported in student theses and scientific papers.

New research proposals

Proposals for new research should be discussed with Centre staff. Field research proposals must be submitted to Antarctica New Zealand by early October each year for the summer field season 12 months ahead. Approval of projects carries with it a commitment from Antarctica New Zealand to provide travel, food and accommodation to and within Antarctica. However, funding for food, accommodation, clothing and transport to and from Christchurch, along with costs of scientific equipment, must still be found from other sources such as Government research funding.