Sub-Antarctic Research Expedition Seminar - ACF 2023
On 13 February 2023, eleven young New Zealanders and five primary and intermediate teachers travelled to the Campbell Island in the Southern Ocean on board HMNZS Canterbury. They joined a team of environmental leaders and scientists from GNS Science, University of Otago, and Cawthron Institute as part of BLAKE’s sixth BLAKE Expeditions programme on a scientific voyage of discovery.
Campbell Island is 700 km south of New Zealand, the most southerly of New Zealand’s Sub-Antarctic islands in the Southern Ocean. With an abundance of wildlife, it is one of the world’s most pristine nature reserves. The Sub-Antarctic islands and Southern Ocean are of significant ecological importance with large numbers and diversity of seabirds and marine mammals. The Southern Ocean regulates global climate and plays an important role controlling heat and carbon exchange between the atmosphere and ocean.
Ankia, Rebecca, and Lara were three of these students, and ventured to Campbell Island to generate paleoclimate records, collect plankton from the Southern Ocean, and conduct marine intertidal surveys.
Come and hear about their adventures, and learn about climate research being conducted in the Southern Ocean.