Tagged: Antarctica

The challenge and importance of predicting sea-level rise - Guest Work

Guest Work Feb 06, 2017

By Prof Tim Naish, Director of the Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University Wellington By the end of the century it is predicted that rising sea-level will directly impact more than 200 million people around the world. The damage to property and infrastructure, groundwater, and the prospect of widespread displacement of people will indirectly affect every one of us on this … Read More

Scientist keeps cool head on the ice - Field Work

Guest Work Jan 10, 2017

NIWA marine physicist Dr Natalie Robinson. Top of Natalie Robinson’s to-do list right now is to work out exactly what she’s brought back from Antarctica. The NIWA marine physicist has recently spent five weeks on the ice leading a team of researchers trying to solve one of the great conundrums facing scientists researching climate change: why has Antarctic sea ice … Read More

What lies beneath Antarctica’s ice? - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 19, 2016

Christine Dow, University of Waterloo; Felicity Graham, University of Tasmania, and Sue Cook, University of Tasmania There are few frontiers in the world that can still be said to be unexplored. One of these terra incognita is the land beneath Antarctica’s ice sheets. Buried under kilometres of ice is a fascinating realm of canyons, … Read More

Shrinking hole in the ozone layer shows what collective action can achieve - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 06, 2016

By Anja Schmidt, University of Leeds and Ryan Neely, University of Leeds The hole in the ozone layer was first discovered in 1985 by scientists from the British Antarctic Survey, who described how ozone levels above the Antarctic were steadily dropping compared to the previous decade. This was quickly recognised as a severe environmental problem … Read More

Extensive seafloor investigations to begin off NZ coast next year - News

Erica Mather Jun 02, 2016

The world’s largest geoscience programme has confirmed after years of planning that a series of unprecedented investigations of the seafloor will take place off New Zealand’s coast between 2017 and 2018. Hundreds of scientists from 26 countries including New Zealand form the International Ocean Discovery Programme (IODP) who announced this week that JOIDES Resolution , a research … Read More

Antarctic glacier’s unstable past reveals danger of future melting - Guest Work

Guest Work May 19, 2016

By Alan Aitken, University of Western Australia New mapping of one of the most remote areas in Antarctica has revealed regions deep within Earth’s largest ice sheet that are particularly prone to rapid melting. Our study, published today in Nature, is focused on East Antarctica’s Totten Glacier, the outlet for the world’s largest ice catchment. The results … Read More

Scientists need to engage more with the public to secure funding - Guest Work

Guest Work May 03, 2016

By Chris Turney, UNSW Australia and Christopher Fogwill, UNSW Australia We live in an age when society is crying out for scientific solutions to global problems. Just a few of the many considerable challenges we face include the urgent need to transition to a carbon-free economy, the need for new drugs to combat disease and improved … Read More

Book review: Ocean Notorious - Scibooks

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Mar 24, 2016

In his book Ocean Notorious, New Zealand writer, photographer and sailor Matt Vance threads history, science and good old fashioned armchair travel into a riveting read. The Ocean Notorious in question is the Southern Ocean: the ocean that doesn’t really exist. In 1914, authorities tried to agree on names and boundaries for the world’s oceans. Dubbed the Southern Ocean, they drew its … Read More

How ice sheets collapse: a lesson from the past - Guest Work

Guest Work Feb 20, 2016

Chris Stokes, Durham University Antarctica and Greenland may be two of the most remote places on Earth but what happens in both these vast landscapes can significantly impact on human activity further afield. Recent changes seen in vast ice sheets could have serious implications for millions of people around the world who live in coastal areas. These … Read More

Postcards from La La Land: the Cnut conundrum - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Aug 12, 2015

New Zealand’s merry little band of climate deniers are turning out to be a right bunch of Cnuts. Sea level rise and its implications for Christchurch and the wider world have been making news in recent weeks — as have new projections of rapid sea level rise over the remainder of this century. So what […] … Read More