The great unknown
Antarctic holds around 90 percent of our planet’s ice and 70 percent of its freshwater. There’s so much water that if all the ice melted we would be left with a large landmass in the East Antarctic, an archipelago of mountains where the West and Peninsula were, and global sea levels over 60 metres higher, flooding the likes of Dhaka, New York, Sydney, and London. Where, when, and how much of the Antarctic ice sheets will melt in a warmer world is a major focus of research. Offshore, the surrounding Southern Ocean supports hugely productive ecosystems, many of them economically important, including the krill and Patagonian toothfish fisheries. These ecosystems also play a crucial role in soaking up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and regulating climate. Just how the ocean, atmosphere, and ice interact to influence the world’s climate is hugely uncertain. The Antarctic might only make up 7 percent of our planet’s surface, but there have never been enough scientists to tackle it.
This is where The Antarctic Project comes in. Working with commercial and government logistics, we are an international multidisciplinary team of scientists dedicated to tackling the most time-critical research questions in the Antarctic.
LEARN ABOUT OUR RESEARCH
The Antarctic is experiencing a complex pattern of 20th century climate changes. The past is providing important clues.
Alongside climate changes, shifts in ocean circulation and sea ice are having major impacts on the flora and fauna across the region.
Past and present changes in ice sheet dynamics provide valuable clues to what the future might bring.
Using the latest climate modelling capability available, the team are exploring future climate changes across the Antarctic.
Below are just a few members of The Antarctic Project
Professor Christopher Fogwill
Glaciology and oceanography
Professor Chris Turney
Polar climate change
Professor Siwan Davies
Volcanism and tephrochronology
Professor Alan Cooper
Contact The Antarctic Project
We are a team of scientists based in research-intensive universities across the world. If you would like to learn more about our work or support our scientific program, do please get in contact. We would love to hear from you.
UNEARTHING OUR PLANET'S FUTURE, TODAY
“ We are all adventurers here.”
CAPTAIN ROBERT FALCON SCOTT
“ The polar regions...may be said to be paved with facts...
If we ignore the facts contained in one part of the world, surely we are hampering scientific advance."
SIR DOUGLAS MAWSON
“ I believe it is in our nature to explore, to reach out into the unknown.
The only true failure would be not to explore at all."
SIR ERNEST SHACKLETON
TRAVEL IN THE ANTARCTIC
SETTING UP CAMP
THE TEAM IN THE ANTARCTIC