Antarctic Science platform

The Government is investing $49 million in an Antarctic Science Platform to help us understand Antarctica’s impact on the global climate, and how this might change in a warming world.

Antarctica New Zealand will host and implement the platform over a 7-year period from November 2018 to June 2025 (MBIE is in discussion with Antarctica New Zealand about extending the platform beyond June 2025).

The goals of the platform are to:

  • improve scientific understanding of pressing issues such as climate change and ecosystem resilience
  • safeguard the strategic benefits of New Zealand’s scientific activity in Antarctica
  • optimise the value and impact of Antarctic science and Antarctic-related expenditure.

About the research

The Platform’s portfolio of long-term and short-term projects have a focus on:

  • stability of the West Antarctic ice sheet and its impact on global sea levels
  • Ross Sea Region ice, atmosphere and ocean processes in a warming world
  • vulnerability of Ross Sea Region ecosystems to environmental change.

Below is the public statement from our contract with Antarctica New Zealand.

Annual updates

Recipients of Strategic Science Investment Fund (SSIF) funding are required to report yearly on the progress of their work programme. Below are the public updates from the Antarctic Science Platform’s annual reports.

Preparing for the next phase

MBIE has begun conversations with the Platform host Antarctica New Zealand about a second phase of funding following the end of the current contract in 2025. Over the next months, Antarctica New Zealand will be co-developing a Platform Plan with stakeholders and partners for the 7-year period from July 2025 to June 2032.

Last updated: 26 October 2023