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Tangaroa Marine Environment and Ecosystem Voyage 2018

RV Tangaroa carried out a six-week voyage to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean between 9 February and 21 March 2018 with scientists from NIWA and the University of Auckland.

Scientists did a range of surveys to better understand the processes governing this environment and its relevance to New Zealand. These included oceanographic observations, atmospheric observations, whale and benthic habitat studies, along with studies of plankton communities. The whale studies were carried out by the University of Auckland.


Voyage map

The course of RV Tangaroa taken during the voyage, points of interest with red markers and blog posts with an orange "i" marker. Dates and times detailed are UTC, 13 hours behind NZ daylight time.

Blog: Time to head home - 17 March

Today we left the area south of 60°S and have started the five-day return journey to New Zealand.

Blog: Passive acoustic mooring - 15 March

A couple of days ago we deployed the last of three long-term passive acoustic monitoring moorings, as a collaboration between the Ross-RAMP MBIE Endeavour project and The Australian Antarctic Division.

Blog: The inhabitants of the twilight zone of the open-ocean - 15 March

Think about a futuristic world where at night time, people use different kind of self-propelled vehicles to hover across cities, illuminating the skies with different colours and shapes, while transiting around them.

Voyage overview

Read details about the aims of the voyage and find information about the scientists and crew on board.

The science

Read about the science that will be undertaken during the voyage.

Image gallery

A selection of images from the voyage. We will be adding images as they are sent back from the vessel.

About RV Tangaroa

RV Tangaroa is New Zealand’s only ice strengthened and dynamically positioned deep-water research vessel.

Partners and funding

The voyage is supported by funding from NIWA, MBIE, the Deep South National Science Challenge and the University of Auckland.