NIWA scientists have worked for many years on Antarctic atmospheric processes and aquatic ecosystems. Our research vessel RV Tangaroa also supplies logistical support for scientific studies and hydrographic surveys in the Southern Ocean.
Our Far South
Our Far South: Beyond Stewart Island was a month-long voyage around Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands in 2012, organised by economist and investor Gareth Morgan. The voyage aimed to raise New Zealanders' awareness of the issues that face the region south of Stewart Island: the Southern Ocean, the sub-Antarctic islands, and Antarctica. New Zealand has a significant stake in this huge region, which faces significant opportunities and challenges.
- Antarctic marine ecosystems
- Antarctic ozone
- Atmospheric ozone, ultraviolet radiation, and stratospheric change
- Greenhouse gases and climate sensitivity - insights from ice cores
- Plankton biodiversity in the Southern Ocean
- Processes and interactions in the Antarctic atmosphere
- NZ IPY-CAML: International Polar Year Census of Antarctic Marine Life voyage
- IceCUBE: Coastal underwater benthic ecosystems (Ross Sea)
- Ross Sea trophic model
Dr Craig Stevens shares images and experiences from experiment K132, which is at a coastal ocean flow in Antarctica: unlike most oceanography the work is conducted from camps on sea ice.
Check out our 'Antarctic report' photo gallery.
Dr Craig Stevens talks about his work on sea ice:
- Antarctic hydrographic surveys
- Vessel support for international research programmes
Antarctica New Zealand
Antarctica New Zealand, also known as the New Zealand Antarctic Institute, is responsible for developing, managing, and administering New Zealand activities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.