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.

Antarctica’s great apron of sea ice just issued the world with a bold message. Now to work out what that message is

As New Zealand’s Scott Base celebrates 60 years of science on ice, Veronika Meduna writes for The Spinoff looking at one of Antarctica’s most puzzling features – the wayward behaviour of sea ice around the continent.  Her article features a Deep South Challenge researchers, and the work they are doing to undestand the physics of the sea ice.

NeSI’s supercomputer helps shed light on future climate

“NeSI is providing the supercomputing infrastructure on which we are producing climate simulations, both globally and using a regional climate model. You cannot operate an Earth System Model without a supercomputer."

Icetronauts use old bird to measure Antarctic ice

University of Canterbury glaciologist Dr Wolfgang Rack is leading the world’s first EM-bird measurement of sea-ice thickness, towed by a 75-year-old fixed-wing aircraft in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica.  

Far from Frozen - Otago Museum

Start date

Science Showcase: Explore Antarctica and learn about the potential impact of climate change through state-of-the-art immersive media, hands-on interactive models and first-hand insights from scientists undertaking world-changing research on the ice.  Far from Frozen will host a range of activities including the a planetarium show, TEDxScottBase talks, National Geographic film screenings, and a live magic and science show.

10am to 5pm daily

Saturday 21­ to Sunday 29 January

Free Admission

For more information and a full programme visit Far from Frozen website at Otago Musuem

Research Highlights

Recent science highlights from the Deep South Challenge about: successful airborne measurements of sea ice; preparation of data to inform the next IPCC report; and publication of a novel method that uses machine learning to classify satellite cloud data.

Deep South Challenge - 2017 Contestable Funding Round

The mission of the Deep South National Science Challenge is to enable New Zealanders to adapt, manage risk, and thrive in a changing climate.  Working with communities and industry we will bring together new research approaches to determine the impacts of a changing climate on our climate-sensitive economic sectors, infrastructure and natural resources to guide planning and policy.  This will be underpinned by improved knowledge and observations of climate processes in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica - our Deep South - and will include development of a world-class earth systems model to predict Aotearoa-New Zealand's climate.

New Processes & Observations Lead - Adrian McDonald

Welcome to Associate Professor Adrian McDonald who joined the Deep South Challenge Science Leadership Team (SLT) for the Processes and Observations Programme on 1 November.