NIWA marine ecologist Dr Vonda Cummings discusses the likely effects of climate change on marine invertebrates living on the seafloor of the Ross Sea coast.
Our Far South
Our Far South: Beyond Stewart Island was a month-long voyage around Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands, organised by economist and investor Gareth Morgan.
The voyage aimed to raise New Zealanders' awareness of the issues that face the region south of Stewart Island: the Southern Ocean, the sub-Antarctic islands, and Antarctica. New Zealand has a significant stake in this vast region, which faces significant challenges, specifically in the fields of climate change, decreasing biodiversity, commercial interests and the present and future of the area's natural resources.
The primary themes explored were:
- protecting biodiversity
- climate change
- mineral exploration
- territorial aspirations.
Follow these links for updates from the voyage.
NIWA climate scientist Dr James Renwick explains what changes are occurring in the Antarctic in response to climate change and what's likely to happen in the future.
Dr Dave Bowden outlines concerns over the impacts of climate change on deepsea life in Antarctic waters.
NIWA fisheries scientist Dr Stuart Hanchet describes the history and management of the southern blue whiting fishery, centred around New Zealand's subantarctic islands.
Dr Mike Williams, physical oceanographer at NIWA, explains the importance of Antarctic sea ice in the Earth's ocean and climate systems and how they may be affected by climate change.