Monday, 22 April 2013

[Polarpol] Ship sinks off Antarctic coast

Ship sinks off Antarctic coast

From the New Zealand Herald, Tuesday 23, 2013

"A Chinese factory fishing ship that burned last week off Antarctica has sunk without anyone on board, Chile's navy said today..."
Full article at

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

[Polarpol] Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies

PCAS is a 15 week, in-depth, multi-disciplinary programme of study that critically examines contemporary scientific, environmental, social and political debates focused on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. It includes a 10 day visit to Antarctica, supported by Antarctica New Zealand, where participants undertake a mix of analytical and interpretive field projects and environmental monitoring projects in the vicinity of Scott Base.

The programme provides a unique Antarctic experience that is valuable for:
- Future Antarctic researchers
- Employees and managers within National Antarctic programmes
- Employees within government agencies involved in Antarctic policy or environmental management
- School teachers and university lecturers
- Antarctic enthusiasts

· The programme can be used as part of a Masters Degree.
· Scholarships are available for participants from National Antarctic Programmes.
· Applications close 1 August 2013.
· Further details available:

Monday, 8 April 2013

Film Screening, THIN ICE: The inside story of climate science


Produced and directed by David Sington and Simon Lamb
Co-produced by Catherine Fitzgerald
A film about climate science made by a scientist

Monday 22 April
6.00 pm

(73 minutes)
North Arts Lecture Theatre A3
University of Canterbury, Ilam Campus

Followed by discussion with Professor Bryan Storey and Dr Wolfgang Rack,
Gateway Antarctica – Centre for Antarctic Studies & Research, University of Canterbury

In recent years climate science has come under increasing attack, so geologist Simon Lamb took his camera to find out what is really going on. For over three years he followed scientists from a wide range of disciplines at work in the Arctic, Antarctic, Southern Ocean, New Zealand, Europe and the USA. They talk about their work, their hopes and fears with a rare candour and directness. This creates an intimate portrait of the global community of researchers racing to understand our planet's changing climate, and provides a compelling case for rising CO2 as the main cause.

Thin Ice is a joint initiative between Oxford University, United Kingdom, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and London-based DOX Productions. Both Universities have active programmes with world-wide networks of collaborators in climate change and related research. For Oxford see and, and for VUW see and

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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

[The Conversation] Final Frontiers: Antarctica

Appearing on The Conversation, April 3, 2013.

Final Frontiers: Antarctica

by Dr Tony Press, CEO Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems CRC, University of Tasmania