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Researchers have been collecting samples from abandoned penguin rookeries on the coast of Ross Island. Among them is Carlo Baroni - a geo-morphologist from the University of Pisa, who's collaborating with New Zealand scientists Yvette Wharton and programme leader Craig Miller - both of Auckland University.
By studying the impact on penguin colonies of past climatic changes, and how the Adelie penguins have evolved, the scientists hope to see how the species might respond to climate change now and in the future.
Kathryn Ryan spoke to Carlo Baroni just outside Scott Base about the research.
Adelie penguins at Cape Royds.
In early December 2011 Nine to Noon's presenter Kathryn Ryan and producer, Caitlin Cherry were invited by Antarctica New Zealand to visit Scott Base on Ross island in Antarctica.
The purpose of the visit was to interview scientists doing key research into climate change, as well as to mark the polar centenary. Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen led the first Antarctic expedition to reach the South Pole between 1910 and 1912 - closely followed by Robert Falcon Scott.
A collection of Our Changing World stories about Antarctica.
A documentary series marking the International Polar Year 2007-2008 by exploring some of the world’s most remote and vulnerable regions.
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