A three-year partnership between National Geographic Channel and New Zealand organizations will find the broadcaster documenting the country’s scientific research base in Antarctica for a global series.
Nat Geo is teaming with the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI) and government organization Antarctica New Zealand for a cross-platform partnership that will follow the researchers at New Zealand’s Scott Base in Antarctica.
The deal includes “significant funding to support scientific research” on the effects of climate change on Antarctica’s ice sheets and ice shelves, as well as an agreement to showcase the work of Scott Base researchers and support staff through a Nat Geo series – produced by National Geographic Studios – in addition to articles in National Geographic Magazine and multimedia content on the company’s web platforms.
“Between the extremes of the harsh continent itself and the focused dedication of the communities around the work, life on an Antarctic base is like a fully operational extraterrestrial facility – a space station on ice,” reads a release issued by Nat Geo. “Each person on base works to keep the science running and to make this place habitable, from contemplating how to drill through the 1,000-foot-thick Ross Ice Shelf to how to serve hot meals to a cold crew.”
The forthcoming series – which does not yet have an airdate – is to provide inside access to those on the ground, including helicopter pilots and crew who fly teams across glaciers, ice shelves and to wildlife colonies, as well as scientists researching predators of the Southern Ocean, and road workers who build and clear Antarctic roads and construct research camps for scientists.
“There is no one but National Geographic who can truly offer a 360-degree look inside this important scientific community,” said John Francis, VP of research, conservation and exploration at the National Geographic Society, in a statement. “The work being done here not just by the scientists but the army of support staff is heroic, and the world should know about it.”
Tim Pastore, president of original programming and production for Nat Geo, added: “We are all about bringing our viewers a real look inside places most will never go. Our series will document the incredible feats that take place on a daily basis on the least explored continent in the world.”
The series is expected to air across Nat Geo in 171 countries. More details are to follow in the coming months.