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NZ Sea Ice 01The purpose of this symposium is to bring together the community of sea ice researchers in New Zealand to share their recent work and discuss future projects.

The 2014 New Zealand Sea Ice Symposium is being hosted by the University of Otago and will take place on the 3rd and 4th (Monday and Tuesday) of February at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

Further information about the symposium can be found by following the links below.


Registration for the symposium is now open! To register, please send an email to Greg Leonard. In this email please state whether you would like to give a presentation at the symposium and provide a title for your presentation. Please note that the preliminary programme is calling for 20-minute presentation slots but this may change to allow enough spaces for everyone who wants to present and sufficient time for the strategic planning sessions.

Please also include in the email whether you have any special dietary requirements and whether or not you would like transport to and from the venue (refer to the Maps section to see where the venue is located). Any suggestions for where to hold the dinner would also be greatly appreciated!

There is no registration fee for attending as the symposium is generously supported by a number of sponsors.

Key-note Speaker

Cecilia BitzWe are pleased to announce that the 2014 New Zealand Sea Ice Symposium key-note speaker is Professor Cecilia Bitz from the University of Washington.

Find out more about Cecilia's visit to New Zealand here.


Orokonui EcosanctuaryThe Orokonui Ecosanctuary is a 307 hectare native forest in Dunedin.

It is home to some of New Zealand's most fascinating and rare forest wildlife.

Find out more about the ecosanctuary here.

Parking is available at the venue. There will be an opportunity to take guided or self-guided walks through the ecosanctuary throughout the course of the symposium.


Monday, 3 February

9:30 Coffee
10:00 Welcome
Chair: Greg Leonard
10:10 Cecilia Bitz Keynote Address - Where is the polar amplification?
10:50 Craig Stevens The role of small-scale processes in the ice shelf to open ocean connection
11:05 Morning Tea
Chair: Craig Stevens
11:35 Pat Langhorne and Inga Smith Sea ice, ice shelf and ocean connections
11:50 Wolfgang Rack Ground validated remote sensing of cryospheric processes in the Ross Sea: current state and future opportunities
12:05 Stefan Jendersie On coupling between the RIS cavity and the open ocean
12:20 Lunch
13:00 Guided Ecosancturary Walk
Chair: Inga Smith
14:00 Strategic Planning I
15:30 Afternoon Tea
Chair: Cecilia Bitz
16:00 Strategic Planning II
17:00 Return to Dunedin
19:00 Dinner

Tuesday, 4 February

Chair: Pat Langhorne?
9:00 Mike Williams Mertz Polynya Cruise
9:15 Ken Hughes Extension of an Ice Shelf Water plume model beneath sea ice
9:30 Olaf Morgenstern Antarctic climate and sea ice change in an atmosphere-ocean-chemistry-climate model
9:45 Alison Kohout SIPEX II Observations
10:00 Sam Dean
10:15 Morning Tea
Chair: Alison Kohout?
10:45 Student presentations
11:00 James Renwick Southern Hemisphere circulation and sea ice interactions
Chair: Mike Williams
11:15 Strategic Planning III
12:15 Lunch
Chair: Inga Smith & Cecilia Bitz
13:30 Strategic Planning IV
15:30 Afternoon Tea
Chair: Greg Leonard
16:00 Wrap-up


A symposium dinner is planned for 7 pm on Monday. Further details will follow. Please let Greg Leonard know if you have any special dietary requirements.

Accommodation & Transport

There are many motels within a short distance of the university, such as:

See below for a map showing the locations of the above motels as well as directions for how to get to the Orokonui Ecsanctuary from central Dunedin. Expand the map to full-size to get turn-by-turn instructions.

Here is a complete listing of accommodation options recommended by the university. Information about the university's executive residence can be found here.

The airport is 22 kms from the city and there are two options for transport into the central city: taxis (roughly $80) or shuttle vans (roughly $25).

Transport via mini van between central Dunedin and the venue with be provided on both days free of charge. Please contact Greg Leonard if you would like to book a seat.



The organisers would like to thank the following organisations for supporting this symposium.

National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA)


New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI)


Antarctica New Zealand

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University of Otago Polar Environment Research Theme


Financial Support

Due to the generous contributions from the symposium's sponsors, there will be a small amount of money available for defraying travel and accommodation costs for those who are unable to provide for these out of their research budgets. Preference will be given to students and early career researchers. Please include in your registration email whether you would like to apply for travel and accommodation support and provide an estimate of your travel and accommodation costs.


If you have any enquiries or wish to receive further information, please contact Greg Leonard at:

Dr. Gregory Leonard T 03 479 5075, M 021 046 7066, E

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