Kiwi-led HiPSMI project in Antarctica hoped to help understand climate change

“We know more about the dark side of the moon than what’s going on beneath the Ross Ice Shelf,” she said.

“These measurements help to better understand how the ocean-ice-atmosphere system works together and how it is all connected.

“These are all computed from large-scale models, and the more accurate we can make these models even at really small scales like this, the more accurate they will be at larger scales, e.g. E.g. when informing about the weather in the future in New Zealand,” she said.

When the team arrived in Antarctica, they were working out of an ice storage facility on McMurdo Sound owned by NIWA.

Antarctica New Zealand chief executive Sarah Williamson said the camp is key to the team’s success.

“They managed to collect oceanographic and sea ice data on 17 of the 20 days at the ice camp, and HiPSMI data on eight of those days,” she said.

“It’s always gratifying when we can support this world-leading science so successfully in Antarctica, especially when it has such important implications for the rest of the planet.”

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