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Victoria University Antarctic Research Expedition Science and Logistics Reports 2006-07: VUWAE 51

5. The Antarctic – New Zealand Connection Objective

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5. The Antarctic – New Zealand Connection Objective

New Zealand's future economic and social development, environmental sustainability, and infrastructural planning relies critically upon the accurate assessment of the impact of "global warming" in our sector of the planet. A joint programme between IGNS, University of Maine, and Victoria University is investigating ice core records from New Zealand (Tasman Glacier and Mt. Ruapehu ice field). The comparison between our NZ and Antarctic ice core records will provide much needed data for the development of realistic regional climate models to predict NZ climate in the 21th Century (Mullan et al., 2001).