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.
Our Far South
It aims 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.
With 50 people, and on board the the Spirit of Enderby, Our Far South brings together a group of experts on the region, including NIWA scientists, and was open to any New Zealanders, the proviso being that all aboard would contribute to the project in some way.
The primary themes which will be explored are: Protecting biodiversity, climate change, overfishing, mineral exploration, tourism and territorial aspirations.
Rob Murdoch, our General Manager of Research, is one of the experts on board, and will be sending us blog posts from the voyage. He is also giving a number of talks around the issues above and the videos accompanying his talks will added below. Follow these links for updates from the voyage.
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.
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.