'Ice and the Sky' - Screening and panel discussion:
NZ Antarctic Society and Alliance Franaise Wellington are proud to invite you to the premiere New Zealand screening of Ice and the Sky, a 2015 French film directed by Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins) about the work of scientist Claude Lorius.
He began studying Antarctic ice in 1957, and in 1965 he became the first prominent scientist to be concerned about global warming.
The film was selected to close the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion to broadly reflect on and support the film's message in a dialogue that includes the audience.
Note: due to demand, extra simultaneous screening venues have been added:
Kirk Lecture Theatre,
Victoria University of Wellington,
compered by Dr Andrew Mackintosh, Deputy Director, Antarctic Research Centre. RSVP here...
Saturday 12 March 2016
WRITERS WEEK presents
Presenters: Rebecca Priestley, Tim Naish, Rhian Salmon, Te Radar
Sexually depraved penguins, polar sunrises, fish soaked in anti-freeze. Hear Antarcticans Rebecca Priestley, Tim Naish and Rhian Salmon from Victoria University of Wellington's Faculty of Science talk about their experiences and read passages from Dispatches from Continent Seven, a new anthology illuminating more than 200 years of science and discovery on the frozen continent. Fellow Antarctican Te Radar will chair a discussion of what drives scientists to work, and sometimes risk their lives, in this most inhospitable of environments.
Fresh off the Ice - Antarctic summer reports 2015-16
Richard Levy, GNS Science - Old shorelines on Mt Discovery and Brown Peninsula
This summer a GNS-VUW party revisited shallow marine deposits on the lower slopes of Discovery and Brown Peninsula, a product of global sea levels up to 20 m higher and temperatures 1-3ĄC in the last 3 million years. Our aim was to extend the pioneering post-IGY work of Speden, Vella and Eggers, and to sample for modern paleoenvironmental analysis.
Huw Horgan, VUW - Kamb Ice Stream Grounding Zone
This transition from ice sheet to floating shelf is 900 km from Scott Base and inherently unstable. The KIS was a major conduit feeding the Ross Ice Shelf, but became stagnant 160 years ago. The talk will report on 6 weeks of geophysical surveys across the zone to investigate its role in the natural variability in ice sheet mass balance.
Andrew Mackintosh, VUW - Antarctic outlet glaciers and climate change
Satellite observations show these glaciers respond to climate variability on a decadal timescale. Some advanced in the 1990s, and have since retreated. I will show images from our recent trip to Mawson Glacier, where we aim to extend observations from decades to millennia, to improve understanding of marine glacier response to climate change and marine ice sheet instability.
and foreshadowing next year's visit, Marsden Fast-Start awardee
Natalie Robinson, NIWA - Connecting ice shelves and sea ice
Nearly half of Antarctica is surrounded by ice shelves. Where those ice shelves are being melted from beneath by the ocean, there is opportunity to influence sea ice formation. This talk will outline the processes involved, and a new experiment aimed at understanding the scale of that influence.