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 Series #1 - Professor Pat Langhorne

The importance of processes on the margins of the Antarctic sea ice cover.

We invite you to the first installation of the online DSC seminar series.

Scientists work to get celiometer system ready for RV Tangaroa cruise

Big thanks go to Maggie Barrett from for helping to get the system to Christchurch within a very short timeframe!

Recruiting: Senior Communications Advisor for the Deep South Challenge based at NIWA

This is an exciting opportunity to apply your communications skills to a critical environmental science challenge facing the nation and be part of a highly regarded Communications team.