Processes and Observations

A research vessel navigates through an ice flow

The aim of this programme is to improve our understanding of the global climate system by observing processes in Antarctica, the Southern Ocean, and the atmosphere.

Understanding our Deep South

Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and the atmosphere above them are known to have a significant influence on the climate in the Southern Hemisphere. Understanding the processes in this part of the world will improve the ability to produce more accurate climate models and projections for New Zealand.  

Funded Projects

Programme Primary Contact and Science Lead

Assoc. Professor Adrian Mcdonald

Latest news and updates

DSC Seminar #3: Dr Huhana Smith on Climate Change and Coastal Māori Communities

“We need to keep designing opportunities for iwi and hapū to see the potential of what adaptive change can look like.”—Dr Huhana Smith

DSC Seminar #2: Dr Jonny Williams and the NZ earth system model

In the second of the Deep South Challenge seminar series, Jonny will introduce us to climate and earth system modelling, show how the NZESM fits within the Deep South Challenge and discuss how the NZESM contributes to understanding our climate future.

Deep South proud to support new science journalism fund

The Deep South Challenge is proud to be supporting the new Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund - the first independent journalism fund dedicated to furthering coverage of the science-related issues that impact New Zealanders.