Processes and Observations

Improving our understanding of the global climate system by observing processes in Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and the atmosphere.

Understanding our Deep South

Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and the atmosphere above them have a significant influence on the climate in the Southern Hemisphere.

Yet gaps in our understanding about Southern Ocean and Antarctic processes limit the reliability of global climate prediction.

The earth’s climate is so complex that individual components of the climate system, and their interactions, need to be well understood if future predictions are to be reliable.

The projects in this programme focus on improving our knowledge about poorly understood aspects of the ocean, sea ice, and atmosphere in the deep south. The projects improve our ability to produce more accurate climate models and projections for New Zealand.  

 

Science lead

Assoc. Professor Adrian Mcdonald
Email: adrian.mcdonald@canterbury.ac.nz