ANTARCTICA NEW ZEALAND NEWS
ANTARCTIC SCIENCE PLATFORM
Two broad research programmes will form the core of the Antarctic Science Platform: The Antarctic ice-ocean-atmosphere system in a warming world, and Ross Sea region ecosystem dynamics in a warming world. The outlines for these programmes were developed by focus groups following a workshop in March, and have been considered by independent peer reviewers.
The objective of two workshops over the next fortnight will be to develop detailed descriptions of major projects that could collectively deliver these programmes of research. Invitations to these workshops were extended to research institutions across New Zealand and other interested parties. We have an impressive group of people coming together, including researchers from a wide range of disciplines and research institutions, as well as stakeholders and Antarctica New Zealand staff.
Programme One: The Antarctic ice-ocean-atmosphere system in a warming world
The overarching aim of this programme is to address how the Antarctic / Southern Ocean environment will change in a +2°C world, and understand the regional and global consequences of warming. To achieve this goal, the programme will focus on developing the data sets and process understanding required to detect and anticipate the implications of warming and associated environmental change in Antarctica. Research will investigate the coupled ice-ocean-atmosphere system, and focus on regions and processes where knowledge gaps exist, thereby having the greatest impact on how the world addresses the challenges of climate change. The work will involve significant Antarctic field campaigns that bring together multidisciplinary teams at geographical hubs. The complexity of the Antarctic system requires utilisation and integration of new and existing data of all types including proxies, model outputs, and remote sensing technologies. The knowledge gained through this programme will be used to improve predictions of Antarctica’s response to global change, such as rates of ice loss and changes to ocean/atmospheric dynamics, particularly with respect to the ambitions of The Paris Agreement.
Programme Two: Ross Sea region ecosystem dynamics in a warming world
The focus of this programme is to develop a mechanistic understanding of natural ecosystems (structure, function and variability) in the Ross Sea region, and the relative effects of both natural and anthropogenic changes on these ecosystems. The programme will use a multidisciplinary approach and incorporate technological advancements to concentrate on all ecosystem components – physical, chemical and biological – in areas that are most sensitive to change in the Ross Sea and along the Victoria Land coastline. The ability to predict ecosystem change will be enhanced through an improved understanding of the baseline state of ecosystem structure and function, key processes that drive variability and trends, linkages between ecosystem variability and physical drivers, and the inherent value of these ecosystems. This base of scientific knowledge and understanding will support effective management of the ecosystems within the Ross Sea region. Particular focus will be given to the roles of sea ice and meltwater in driving ecosystem change, other cross-system drivers, and the use of sentinel species/ecosystems to detect change.
APPLYING TO THE ENDEAVOUR "SMART IDEAS" FUND?
If you are submitting a proposal for research funding that involves an Antarctic field component, please be aware that you are required to submit a logistics support request to Antarctica New Zealand for support at the same time as the research proposal is submitted. The application template and submission guide (Antarctica New Zealand Logistics Support Request) can be found here. Completed forms should be emailed to Josh Scarrow. Please contact Josh if you have any questions regarding this requirement - early dialogue is encouraged!
If you have already submitted a proposal, either under "Smart Ideas" or a larger Research Programme, please contact us with regards to potential logistic support requests.
Aurora update, featuring the milky way.
ANTARCTICA: THE FIRST DANCE
As part of the 2017/18 Community Engagement Programme (CEP), the first dance film was produced by Corey Baker dance, featuring Madeleine Graham. Many Antarctica New Zealand staff were involved in supporting this work. The dance can be seen here.
Madeleine Graham (Dancer) and Corey Baker (Choreographer). Photo: Jacob Bryant
Congratulations to our Antarcticans on these recent publications:
Andersson, M., Verronen, P.T., Marsh, D.R., Seppälä, A., Päivärinta, S-M., Rodger, C.J., Clilverd, M.A., Kalakoski, N., van de Kamp, M. (2018). Polar ozone response to energetic particle precipitation over decadal time scales: the role of medium-energy electrons. Journal of Geophysical Research, 123. DOI: 10.1002/2017JD027605
Mackey, T.J., Sumner, D.Y., Hawes, I., Jungblut, A.D. (2017). Morphological signatures of microbial activity across sediment and light microenvironments of Lake Vanda, Antarctica. Sedimentary Geology, 361. DOI: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2017.09.013 2.665
Turner, K.E., Smith, I.J., Tison, J.-L., Verbeke, V., McGuinness, M., Ingham, M., Vennell, R., Trodahl, J. (2017). Sea ice growth rates from tide-driven visible banding. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 122(6). DOI: 10.1002/2016jc012524
Wild, C.T., Marsh, O. and Rack, W. (2018). Unravelling InSAR observed Antarctic ice-shelf flexure using 2-D elastic and viscoelastic modelling. Frontiers in Earth Science, 6, 28. DOI: 10.3389/feart.2018.00028
If you would like your publications featured here please email our Science Team about your papers as they go to press.