Antratica New Zealand

New Zealand Government


ROSSMAP is a multidisciplinary international project that has been established to address the question: What feedback controls are there between tectonics, landscape and climate in the Ross Sea sector of Antarctica? ROSSMAP aims to produce high profile publications including a new bathymetry map of the Ross Dependency, a new series of digital seismic stratigraphic and structural maps for the Ross Sea region, and develop reconstructions of past sedimentary volumes and paleo-bathymetry to define targets for future drilling initiatives in the Ross Sea region.

New Zealand researchers from the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS) will focus on the western Ross Sea. They will use all available geophysical and drillhole data to create a geological record of spatial and temporal patterns of advances of ice sheets across the Ross Sea continental shelf, determine vertical motion and initiation of marine sedimentary basins, and constrain the timing and extent of crustal extension.


GNS Science

GNS Science Contact

Dr Stuart Henrys

LINZGNSFoundation for Research Science & Technology
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IPY Project Number: 54