Deep South Challenge News
March 2017

In this issue:

New Zealand Geographic investigates our 'model to predict the future' in a feature article in the latest edition, and we also find out the next steps for NIWA's supercomputer.

We hear about the Antarctican Icetronauts and their exciting new methods for measuring sea ice in remote areas of the continent. 

We have an exciting new partnership with Auckland Museum's ANTARTICA - while you were sleeping and the related Smart Talk - a panel discussion that features experts from art, science, policy and business discussing possibilities for adaptation and collaboration in the light of our changing climate.

We include a reminder that the deadline for Vision Mātauranga proposals is the end of this month.

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The mission of The Deep South National Science Challenge is to enable New Zealanders to adapt, manage risk, and thrive in a changing climate

New Zealand's Next Top Model

The Deep South Challenge and the New Zealand Earth System Model is profiled in the March-April edition of the New Zealand Geographic.  This exciting profile of the capability project and what its trying to achieve is a great tool for all connected to the Deep South Challenge when talking to stakeholders.  There are physical copies of the magazine are available for connected parties - please contact us.


The Icetronaut's new frontier

Wolfgang Rack, Icetronaut and Deep South Challenge researcher, has returned from a successful excursion to Antarctica, and initial flights of the Electo-magnetic(EM) Bird, attached to an old low flying DC3.  The synergy between new and old technology will allow scientists to take new measurements of sea ice thickness, in more remote areas - important information for our models.

Vision Mātauranga Programme - Request for Proposals

Research projects are sought that will contribute substantive and transformative outcomes for Māori and wider Aotearoa/New Zealand. Closes on the 30th of March.  Please refer to our website for more information

$2M boost for climate change research

In February, the Deep South Challenge announced funding totaling approximately $2 million for five new research projects to help New Zealanders better understand their future climate.  The announcement was also explored in the NZHerald - Preparing New Zealand for climate change.

Computing infrastructure
for the NZ Earth System Model  

You cannot operate an Earth System Model without a supercomputer. The impressive ability of climate models to capture many aspects of the climate system has made them the cornerstone of all IPCC assessment reports; they are widely used to quantify the human influence on climate. However, the Earth is a highly complex system, and there remain numerous challenges to improving climate models. Even supercomputers need to be replaced.

ANTARCTICA - while you were sleeping
Smart Talk at Auckland Museum  

The Deep South Challenge announces an exciting new partnership with ANTARCTICA - while you were sleeping and the Auckland Museum to make icebergs come alive in an urban setting on iconic buildings.  From Icebergs to climate change - how will New Zealand adapt in a changing climate - our lifestyle, our industries and our communities. In this Auckland Museum Smart Talk, join our panel of leading experts on Icebergs, Art and climate change.  

We have some complementary tickets available - check out this post for more details.


Deep South Challenge in the media: Andrew Mackintosh recently chatted to Kathryn Ryan on Nine to Noon about advancing glaciers, touching on his future climate change research with the Deep South Challenge in The Mystery of Growing Glaciers, while Jocelyn Turnbull's research into carbon sinks in the Southern Ocean was covered in the Dominion Post story Kiwi research into Southern Ocean could change global warming predictions.

Voice of the Icebergs Iceberg expert and Deep South Challenge Director, Dr Mike Williams features in this episode of Voice of the Icebergs a Radio New Zealand podcast series in line with Antarctica exhibit for the Auckland Arts Festival.  In this exhibit the Auckland War Memorial Museum becomes an urban iceberg in a stunning light display.

Preparing New Zealand for climate change: Jamie Morton, from the NZ Herald looks at the five latest Deep South Challenge research projects announced this week and wonders what this means for a future New Zealand.

Radio-carbon researcher, Dr Jocelyn Turnbull talks carbon dioxide:  It turns out that the Southern Ocean is the most important carbon sink, taking up by far the most carbon dioxide of any region of the world. But does the Southern ocean has a maximum it can take in?

The Wayward behaviour of Antarctic Ice Sheets: Veronika Meduna writes a stunning piece for The Spinoff, featuring Deep South Challenge researchers and what this means for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

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