The Deep South | Te Kōmata o Te Tonga

The Deep South National Science Challenge is working to understand the role of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean in determining New Zealand’s future climate and how the impact this role has on key economic sectors, infrastructure and natural resources.

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Launched: 5 August 2014

Funding: Up to $51.1 million over 10 years

Host: National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

Summary

The Deep South National Science Challenge is working to understand the role of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean in determining New Zealand’s future climate and how the impact this role has on key economic sectors, infrastructure and natural resources. This will enable New Zealanders to adapt, manage risk and thrive in a changing climate.

Through collaboration with communities and industry, the Challenge will guide planning and policy to enhance resilience and exploit opportunities.

The Challenge framework of 5 linked programmes will connect society with scientists, and combine community engagement with a world-class earth systems model to better predict New Zealand’s climate.

Challenge objective

To understand the role of the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean in determining our climate and our future environment.

Title translation

Te Kōmata - (noun) zenith, highest point, acme, pinnacle

[o] Te Tonga - (noun) [of] the south wind, south

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Collaboration partners

  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • University of Otago
  • Institute of Geological and Nuclear Science (GNS)
  • Landcare Research
  • New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute
  • Antarctica New Zealand.