ANTARCTICA NEW ZEALAND NEWS
ANTARCTIC SCIENCE PLATFORM UPDATE
The fruitful and comprehensive discussions and suggestions from the workshops held in May have been synthesised and organised into four core research projects that are nested within the two major Research Programmes.
Tenders for the core research projects are currently being developed, to be completed by the 31st of October. We have appointed Lead-Principal Investigators and Co-Principal Investigators for each of the core projects:
Programme 1: The Antarctic ice-ocean-atmosphere system in a warming world – Programme Leader: Prof. Gary Wilson
- Project 1: Antarctic Ice Dynamics - Lead PI Dr. Richard Levy (GNS Science), Co-PI Dr. Huw Horgan (Victoria University of Wellington)
- Project 2: Antarctic Ocean-Atmosphere Coupling - Lead PI Dr. Craig Stevens (NIWA), Co-PI Dr. Christina Riesselman (University of Otago)
Programme 2: Ross Sea region ecosystem dynamics in a warming world – Programme Leader: Prof. Ian Hawes
- Project 3: Ross Sea region Ecosystem Dynamics - Lead PI Associate Prof. Miles Lamare (University of Otago), Co-PI Dr. Charles Lee (University of Waikato)
- Project 4: Sea Ice and Carbon Cycle Feedbacks - Lead PI Prof James Renwick (Victoria University of Wellington), Co-PI Sea Ice Dr. Natalie Robinson (NIWA), Co-PI Carbon Cycle Dr. Liz Keller (GNS Science)
In addition, we have established three expert groups to implement ASP-wide, strategic leadership and integration on ‘Future Projections’, ‘Community Engagement’, and ‘Policy Advice’, led by Assoc. Prof. Nick Golledge, Assoc. Prof. Rebecca Priestley, and a yet to be confirmed chair, respectively.
Over the next few weeks, the ASP Leadership team, PIs and Expert Group Chairs will develop the detailed research plans to achieve the goals of the ASP and address its impact statements. The tenders will be subsequently peer reviewed by international experts, and recommendations from the Independent Science Panel will be provided to the Steering Group in February 2019. Contracts are expected to commence on 1 April 2019.
Please contact the relevant Programme Leaders and Principal Investigators if you want to discuss research plans for the negotiated projects. In addition to the negotiated programmes, about 25% of the research budget will be available for contestable research projects. The mechanism for applications to the contestable fund has yet to be finalised, but we intend to hold a round in mid-2019 to support field work in the 2020/21 season.
More information about the Antarctic Science Platform and the process to date can be found here.
Thanks again to all who have contributed thus far, and we look forward to continuing to work with you as the ASP develops.
UPCOMING RECRUITMENT FOR KEY ROLES
Antarctic Science Platform Manager
We are opening recruitment for the Antarctic Science Platform Manager later today. This role provides an opportunity for a talented and motivated individual to apply their research management expertise to developing and managing processes for awarding, contracting and managing large, complex research programmes.
Next week, we will open recruitment for a Communications Advisor who can translate science findings to a range of audiences and inspire others to connect with Antarctica. The successful candidate will have proven experience in a journalism, communications or marketing role with strength in writing and content production.
Science Programme Advisor
In early October, we will open recruitment for a Science Programme Advisor who will articulate science needs to planning and logistics teams. The successful candidate will have Antarctic field research experience, and will support the integration of the Antarctic Science Platform within existing planning frameworks.
2018/19 SEASON KICK-OFF
The 2018/19 season is underway, with the first southbound flight scheduled for Monday 1 October.
Event Managers, please ensure that you have named all TBAs, completed medical assessments (at least four weeks prior to deployment), and get cargo to Woody within the requested timeframe.
Any queries can be directed to the friendly Admin Team or Event Planning.
PLANNING FOR THE 2019/20 SEASON
Planning for the 2019/2020 season is underway. You can view a copy of the Event Planning Timeline, including key dates in the Event Manager portal on EMPEROR or download a copy here.
If you require any of the following, or propose to operate in the following areas we require this information to be in EMPEROR by 31 October 2018:
- Big ticket/out of the ordinary support from other National Antarctic Programmes
- Fixed wing support (i.e. Twin Otter, Basler or LC-130)
- Transport or use of hazardous substances (i.e. explosives and pressurised gases such as medical oxygen)
- Maritime or ship based operations
- Remote locations (beyond 200km from Scott Base)
- Large quantities and/or bulky cargo to move to Antarctica by cargo ship departing January 2019
- Ground transportation/traverse of large quantities of equipment
Congratulations to our Antarcticans on these recent publications:
Rack, U; (2018) Exploring and mapping the Antarctic. Histories of discovery and knowledge. In: Mark Nuttall; Torben Christensen; Martin Siegert; (edit.), The Routledge Handbook of the Polar Regions (pp 34 – 44). London and New York, Routledge.
If you would like your publications featured here please email our Science Team about your papers as they go to press.