The Science of Antarctica

Where to Next? for scientific research in Antarctica

What happens in Antarctica affects the whole planet, making it one of the most important research sites in the world.

Antarctica drives ocean currents and weather patterns around the planet, and is home to more than 26 million cubic kilometres of ice. If that all melted, global sea levels could rise by more than 60 metres. So, looking after Antarctica’s ice is pretty important if we want to keep life as we know it on planet Earth! 

Antarctica is protected by the Antarctic Treaty, which means it can only be used for peaceful purposes and the focus is on scientific investigations and environmental research. 

Since New Zealand is so close to Antarctica, it’s no surprise that we’re a leading voice in its protection. Our haven on the ice is called ‘Scott Base’. Our world-leading scientists partner with international researchers to build a better understanding of how fragile Antarctica is. Many people who call it home are involved with long-term monitoring projects that detect early warning signs of a changing world. Their research helps us understand the past and present and offers better ways to predict and protect the future. 

Air New Zealand is proud to be involved with the protection and observation of Antarctica. We have a formal partnership with Antarctica New Zealand and the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute to fund groundbreaking projects. In particular, we support the Ecosystems Resilience Project, focusing on how different species are affected by environmental change.