The Antarctic Research Centre provides world-leading research on how the Antarctic is responding to climate change and the consequences, both globally and for New Zealand.

We believe this research opens up exciting opportunities and challenges for young scientists, as well as providing a sound basis for international debate and policy development on global change issues.

Football moraines, Idisto Inlet, Antarctica

Antarctic and ocean floor sedimentology

Our sedimentary research provides important archives of changes in ice sheets and glaciers and their influence on climate and sea level through time.

Sedimentology research

Climate from ice cores

Our research into ice cores helps New Zealand to understand the major Southern Hemisphere climate drivers causing high frequency climate variability.

Ice core research

Glacier and ice sheet modelling

Our modelling research allows us to investigate how New Zealand and Antarctic glaciers and ice sheets respond to past, present and future climate change.

Glacier modelling research
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Latest news

  • Antarctic Research Centre wins the Prime Minister’s Science Prize

    The world will be better prepared for the worst effects of climate change due to Antarctic ice-sheet discoveries by the ‘Melting Ice & Rising Seas Team’, from Wellington’s Antarctic Research Centre in partnership with GNS Science and NIWA, was awarded the 2019 Prime Minister’s Science Prize.

  • The lure of Antarctic experiences

    After eight years overseas, Rutherford Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Holly Winton has returned to work with Antarctic Research Centre scientists on uncovering the vital information the frozen continent can tell us about Earth’s climate past.

ARC is carbon neutral!

In 2017, the ARC became the first institute at Victoria University of Wellington to go carbon neutral through the purchase of rainforest offsets from Ekos.