Issue 7 - Spring 2004
Heard Island in focus
Introducing the Australian Antarctic Division's research programs on Heard Island and in Antarctica.
Planning for contingencies
Plan too rigidly for operations on Heard Island and you will undoubtedly end up planning it all again.
Who eats whom around Heard Island
Scientists study the diet of Heard Island's penguins, seals and albatrosses, and track their movements as they forage in the Southern Ocean.
Operation King Penguin
Studying king penguins can be challenging.
Glacial retreat heralds climate change in Antarctica
Heard Island's Brown Glacier is rapidly retreating, suggesting that local climatic conditions are continuing to change rather than stabilise.
Building a picture of Heard Island's vegetation through collaboration and new technology.
A new plant on Heard Island
The discovery of a new daisy on Heard Island raises many questions.
HIMI management plan update
A draft management plan for the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve will soon be available for public comment.
Ecological risks to Heard Island assessed
Strategies are in place to prevent the introduction of non-native species to Heard Island.
Protecting Heard Island's environment
Strategies to mitigate environmental impacts of scientific activities on Heard Island.
Weathering the furious fifties
Marine scientists endure a rollercoaster ride in the Southern Ocean.
Response of Heard Island plants to global warming
Will subantarctic plants cope with a warmer environment?
Three islands study
A multinational study spanning three subantarctic islands provides an insight into the effects of climate change on subantarctic plant species.
Heard Island a history of exploration
Since its discovery in 1853, Heard Island has been visited by many sealing, scientific and adventure parties.
Reconstructing the lives of Heard Island's sealers
Archaeological relics are helping scientists reconstruct the lives of 19th century sealers.
Contamination at Atlas Cove Station
Scientists have measured chemical contaminant levels at the old research station to determine the need for remediation.
Heard Island seabird survey
A census of breeding seabirds has confirmed long-term increases in breeding populations of king penguins and black-browed albatrosses.
Bringing Heard Island to the world
Heard Island photographs, DVDs and a new web site.
Treaty Secretariat open for business
The Secretariat for the Antarctic Treaty has been established in Buenos Aires.
Ukraine comes to the Party
Ukraine is a Consultative Party to the Antarctic Treaty.
Meeting of Antarctic environmental interests
Wildlife conservation and waste removal were among the topics discussed at the seventh annual meeting of the Committee for Environmental Protection.
Artefact database provides public glimpse into private lives
Personal effects, rubbish and equipment left in Antarctica after Sir Douglas Mawson's research expeditions (1911-1914) are being catalogued in a publicly available database.
Better management of Antarctic tourism
Antarctic Treaty partners are working to improve the management of Antarctic tourism.
Ensuring environmentally responsible Antarctic operations
An audit of the AAD's new Environmental Management System is underway in Antarctica.
Oceanic Viking to patrol Southern Ocean
The Oceanic Viking will patrol the Southern Ocean for illegal fishing.
International Whaling Commission 56th Annual Meeting
Through the IWC Australia is pursuing its policy for a permanent international ban on commercial whaling and worldwide protection of all cetaceans.
Antarctic Operations meetings focus on the future
New CASA 212-400 aircraft have ushered in a new era in Antarctic operations.
New directions in Antarctic science
Australia's Antarctic science program is underpinned by a new five-year Science Strategy.
Freshwater fauna of Antarctica
Where did the tiny invertebrates found in Antarctic freshwater lakes come from?
CCAMLR bites back - new rules to fight toothfish poaching
A centralised vessel monitoring system will be used to conduct surveillance and inspections of fishing vessels in the Southern Ocean.
Smaller ozone hole for 2004
This year's ozone hole reached a maximum area of about 24 million square kilometres.
Polar Mesosphere Summer Echoes above Antarctica
Scientists are learning more about these little-studied radar echoes in the southern hemisphere.
Arts Fellows breaking the ice
Australia's Antarctic Arts Fellows provide a fresh perspective on Antarctica.
Recent books, awards and Antarctica-related activities.
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