Processes and Observations
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.
Deep South Challenge research will improve the quality of the New Zealand Earth System Model (NZESM)
Carbon dioxide & the Southern Ocean (Contestable 2016)
Taking the Pulse of the Ross Sea Outflow (Contestable 2017)
Have a look at all Deep South Challenge Projects
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Latest news and updates
On Monday 4 September, Minister for Science and Innovation Paul Goldsmith will open the inaugural Deep South Challenge symposium at the Wharewaka (Wellington waterfront), about how New Zealand can and must change in line with our changing climate.
“We need to keep designing opportunities for iwi and hapū to see the potential of what adaptive change can look like.”—Dr Huhana Smith
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.