WELLINGTON, March 5 (Xinhua) -- The New Zealand government on Wednesday announced plans to build a scientific research station on the remote subantarctic Auckland Island in order to improve global understanding of climate change.
"There is a strong case for increased climate change research on these remote New Zealand islands. This proposed station would fill a gap in the global network of stations monitoring climate change," Conservation Minister Nick Smith said in a statement.
"This is particularly important as the subantarctic islands are within the latitudes where the change in climate is expected to be seen most rapidly, and the main Auckland Island has been identified as the best area for studying deep sea currents in the Southern Ocean."
The station, expected to cost 3 million NZ dollars (2.52 million U.S. dollars), would increase understanding of the role of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean in influencing climate and the future environment, he said.
The station in the World Heritage Area subantarctic islands group would consist of a new floating jetty, two accommodation blocks for long-term stays, one block for short-term stays of up to 14 people, a block for two wet labs and a boat shed.