Once a year, scientists Megan Balks and Jackie Aislabie from the University of Waikato venture to the coldest place on Earth, visiting climate research stations in Antarctica. They undertake a range of research, including studying oil spills in Antarctica.
These videos below also give a picture of what it is like to work in Antarctica.
Camping in Antarctica is quite different, but surprisingly warm.
Challenges in setting up a research station on sea ice.
There are many other organisations and universities also involved in research in Antartica, below are some examples:
- Antarctic Heritage Trust is a New Zealand-based charity with a mandate to care for the early explorers’ legacy in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica. The Trust’s mission is to conserve, share and encourage the spirit of exploration. Find out more about the Antarctica's historic huts and the work being undertaken to save them.
- Antarctica New Zealand develops and manages New Zealand Government activities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. It also manages Scott Base, New Zealand’s Antarctic research station.
- Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington mission is to research the field of Antarctic earth sciences with a focus on past climate history and processes and their influence on NZ and global climate.
- Deep South Challenge, the objective of this National Science challenge is to understand the role of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean in determining our climate and our future environment.
- Gateway Antarctica is the Centre for Antarctic Studies and Research at the University of Canterbury, it plays a leading role in the quest for knowledge in a diverse range of national and international Antarctic research projects.
- Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research core purpose is to drive innovation in the management of terrestrial biodiversity and land resources, whilst based in New Zealand it's research includes field trips to Antartica.
- NIWA scientists have worked for many years on Antarctic atmospheric processes and aquatic ecosystems. Find out more about the research vessel Tangaroa and it's 8-week voyage to the Ross Sea to survey the marine environment and explore biodiversity in the region.
Find out about the work of other Antarctica researchers:
- Dr Mike Williams
- Dr Katja Riedel
- Calum Ninnes
- Dr Adrian McDonald
- Associate Professor Wolfgang Rack
- Collecting data in Antarctica
- Adventure and innovation on the ice – Dr Paul Mayewski and Dr Daniel Dixon