Antarctica Climate Change Project

AKP Project Since 2007



AKP is helping to discover the potentially deadly effects of climate change on the planet’s valuable marine life


The Antarctica Climate Change Project works cooperatively with A&K’s top research staff, award-winning climate change expert Dr. James McClintock of the University of Alabama, studying the effect of climate change on polar marine life in the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica. In addition to its research efforts, the project’s educational component supports outreach programs to students in grades K-12.

Since 2007, AKP and A&K guests have contributed nearly $500,000 to Dr. McClintock’s pioneering studies for the purchase of essential laboratory supplies and equipment, including penguin satellite tags and drones. These contributions have been instrumental in a wide range of scientific research, including ocean acidification, impacts on food chain dynamics and Adélie penguin populations. A lasting legacy to this project is the Torgerson Island “penguin cam” which was funded and delivered by A&K guests to Palmer Station. This webcam is the only penguin monitoring webcam on the Antarctica Peninsula. Watch them live October to February by clicking here.

Jim McClintock (Photo by Michelle Valberg)

Visit this Project

Travel with Dr. McClintock on one of A&K’s Antarctic Cruise Adventure journeys and deepen your understanding of environmental issues through his enriching lectures and excursions centered on environmental conservation. If conditions permit, visit the U.S. Palmer Research Station for a behind-the-scenes tour and the presentation of research equipment donated by AKP.