Antarctica NZ Event

Antratica New Zealand

New Zealand Government


The International Polar Year Trans-Antarctic Scientific Traverses objective is to obtain a new set of ice cores to extend the record of climate variability in the past on time-scales from years to millennia, extending the current short duration of recorded meteorological and atmospheric data. New Zealand will contribute to this objective through planned work along the Victoria Land coast over the next five years. Researchers from the Joint Antarctic Research Institute (JARI) at Victoria University of Wellington are leading the New Zealand effort.

A Ground Penetrating Radar survey in the Darwin Glacier area is planned for the 2007/08 Antarctic season, with drilling scheduled for the following year. This data will be combined with previous samples taken at a northern coastal site (Whitehall Glacier) and near Scott Base at Erebus Saddle. The combined information will increase our understanding of marine effects along the coast of the Ross Sea region over the past 2000 years.



Victoria University of Wellington

VUW Contact

Dr Nancy Bertler

Victoria UniversityGNSFoundation for Research Science & Technology
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IPY Project Number: 152