The Antarctic Research Centre provides world-leading research on how the Antarctic is responding to climate change and the consequences, both globally and for New Zealand.

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.

Football moraines, Idisto Inlet, Antarctica

Antarctic and ocean floor sedimentology

Our sedimentary research provides important archives of changes in ice sheets and glaciers and their influence on climate and sea level through time.

Sedimentology research

Climate from ice cores

Our research into ice cores helps New Zealand to understand the major Southern Hemisphere climate drivers causing high frequency climate variability.

Ice core research

Glacier and ice sheet modelling

Our modelling research allows us to investigate how New Zealand and Antarctic glaciers and ice sheets respond to past, present and future climate change.

Glacier modelling research
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Latest news

  • Vision for the future

    Nancy Bertler presented to the New Zealand Antarctic Society (Wellington Branch) and live-streamed to meetings in Auckland, Napier, Christchurch, Dunedin, and to individuals on the Antarctic Science Platform: Vision for the Future.

  • Old ice gives insights into future sea-level rise

    Sea levels are already rising as the world heats up, and we know that melting polar ice will be the biggest contributor – but the questions is will most of it come from Greenland or Antarctica?

  • The Final Meltdown

    Retreating glaciers and thinning snow and ice are the future of New Zealand’s mountains. Climate researchers are seeking to predict what will change, and when. The Deep South National Science Challenge is taking a lead role in helping decision-makers plan for the coming century.

ARC is carbon neutral!

In 2017, the ARC became the first institute at Victoria University to go carbon neutral through the purchase of rainforest offsets from Ekos.