ANTARCTICA NEW ZEALAND NEWS
ANTARCTIC SCIENCE PLATFORM UPDATE
Antarctica New Zealand is delighted to officially be named as the host of the Antarctic Science platform. Over the last 18 months, the Antarctica New Zealand science team and the wider science community have worked tirelessly to confirm the $49 million Strategic Science Investment Fund.
“This is an exciting time for Antarctic science. We will bring together our most talented researchers and work with our international partners to improve projections for important climate change consequences ranging from sea level rise to ecosystem health” Antarctica New Zealand Acting Chief Scientific Advisor, Dr. Fiona Shanhun, says.
Nine Primary investigators (PIs) have appointed research teams and are working closely with Prof. Wilson and Prof. Hawes to develop research proposals for the four core projects. These proposals are with international expert reviewers, and feedback is due on Friday 30 November. The International Science Panel will review the projects and responses before providing advice to the Antarctic Science Platform Steering Group on the quality and suitability of the proposed work. A decision is expected from the Steering group in mid-February with approved proposals commencing before 1 April 2019
ANTARCTIC PUBLICATIONS DATABASE
We are very pleased to announce that the online database of scientific publications is now ‘live’ and ready to be explored!
Our goal was to develop, populate, and maintain a centralised database of scientific publication records that have emanated from science that has been supported logistically by Antarctica NZ.
The publications database was developed within our pre-existing Antarctic Digital Asset Manager (ADAM). This has enabled the publication records to be integrated with other supporting information already within ADAM such as event details, photos, personnel, and reports.
Users are able to browse publication details and conduct searches (e.g. papers published in 2017, or research about sea ice). Furthermore, the integrated nature of the database enables users to follow links from the publications to access further information on field sites, research programmes, scientists etc. This provides a contextual and interesting way for the public to learn about New Zealand Antarctic science and scientists in a user-friendly and engaging manner. Users will be able to lead their own journey of discovery through this network.
We encourage you to take a look and explore this new way of showcasing your science. Please click here for instructions on accessing the database, and here for exploring the linking capability. We welcome any feedback you may have.
ANTARCTIC SEASON UPDATE
After a 15-day delay to the start of the season, operations at Scott Base are back on track. Sea ice science is underway – the K066 (Natalie Robinson, NIWA) team have successfully completed their (abridged) programme for the season and have returned to Base; K043 (Ken Ryan, VUW) are camped at Cape Evans completing under ice research; the data download and recovery of equipment from the HWD2 site has been completed, and K001B (Gary Wilson, UoO) have finally made it to the Kamb Ice Stream.
Further up the coast, K050 (Christian Wild, UC) have completed their work on the Priestley Glacier and K812-A (Ian Hawes, UoW) have completed their diving programme. Closer to home K083-B (Kim Goetz, NIWA) are continuing their seal research, and our heroic traverse team have departed the comfort of Scott Base and set out into the great white on a 1000 km quest for Siple Coast.
Congratulations to our Antarcticans on these recent publications:
MacIntyre C., Risk D., Lee C.K., Cary S.C. (2018). Processes driving soil CO2 temporal variability in Antarctic Dry Valleys. Geoderma, 337. DOI:10.1016/j.geoderma.2018.09.050
If you would like your publications featured here please email our Science Team about your papers as they go to press.