Ross Sea Climate and Ecosystem Response

Ross Sea pack ice and iceberg, GNS VML #8060

Pack ice and iceberg, Ross Sea, Antarctica. Photo: Robin Falconer

The Ross Sea Climate and Ecosystem Response project contributes to the NIWA-led research programme which focuses on marine ecosystem vulnerability to climate variability. We are providing a reconstruction of the physical environment over the past ~2000 years in the Ross Sea region to provide some background on how different the current environment is for ecosystems, whether they had to adjust to similar change in the past, how long they had to adapt to current conditions (i.e. when did the change start and how quickly did it happen). For this, our researchers provide a Ross Sea wide reconstruction of sea surface temperature, atmospheric circulation pattern, and sea ice extent.

Find out more about this and other Antarctic-related programmes here or contact David Bowden at NIWA.