News & information on Antarctica & the Southern Ocean


Decommissioned GOES-3 satellite - end of an era for South Pole communications

It’s the end of an era for Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station communications, with an aging satellite that provided critical internet connectivity to the remote station decommissioned late last month.… Read more »

Historic mid-winter South Pole medical evacuation in Twin Otter aircraft

One of the major perils of working on the remote continent of Antarctica is that, in a serious emergency, help is a very, very long way away… Read more »

USCGC Polar Star: the US Coastguard’s heavy icebreaker

The 122-metre, 13,000 ton "heavy" icebreaker Polar Star is one of the largest ships in the US Coast Guard, and one of the world's most powerful non-nuclear ships… Read more »

Managing the impact of sea level rise in New Zealand, one-day conference, Auckland, Friday 8 April 2016

This conference brought together international experts and NZ’s leading policy makers, scientists and industry representatives, to showcase adaptation strategies for managing sea level rise in NZ.… Read more »

Jonathan Bamber on Ice Sheets and Sea Level Rise [video]

Professor Jonathan Bamber of the University of Bristol discusses the latest projections for global sea level rise, and how New Zealand will be affected.… Read more »

Bryan Storey on the latest New Zealand-led research in Antarctica [video]

Prof Bryan Storey, director of Gateway Antarctica at the University of Canterbury and vice president of SCAR, discusses key research projects being conducted by New Zealand scientists in Antarctica.… Read more »

How does past climate change inform us about future sea-level rise? - Prof Tim Naish [video]

Prof Tim Naish, director of the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University, discusses the rapid changes in climate change science since the 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.… Read more »

Highest astronomical tides; managing the increasing threat – Graeme Blick [video]

Graeme Blick, Chief Geodesist for LINZ, explains the factors that combine to produce perigean spring tides, as well as which areas of New Zealand are most vulnerable to sea level rise.… Read more »

Rob Bell of NIWA explains the problem sea level rise presents to coastal communities & infrastructure [video]

Rob Bell, Programme Leader of NIWA's Climate & Hazards Centre, talks about managing coastal-hazard risks related to sea level rise, and adaptation strategy for coastal communities and infrastructure.… Read more »

Local government responses to climate change – Blair Dickie [video]

Blair Dickie, of Waikato Regional Council and SOLGM, describes the challenges emerging as local government develops a response to climate change and sea level rise.… Read more »