Scientific experiments

Expeditioner interrogating a seismic monitoring station
Expeditioner interrogating a seismic monitoring station. Photo: B. Kimber

In addition to providing indirect support to scientists by maintaining telecommunications systems, conducting radio schedules or acting as field assistants, telecommunications personnel provide additional direct science support by installing, running and maintaining experiments on behalf of researchers.

Some of the experiments for which the Telecommunications Section is responsible are:

  • Geomagnetic observations at Casey, Mawson and Macquarie Island on behalf of Geoscience Australia (GA);
  • Seismic monitoring stations at Casey, Mawson and Macquarie Island on behalf of GA;
  • Ionosonde operation at Casey, Mawson and Macquarie Island on behalf of Ionospheric Prediction Service;
  • Global Positioning Receivers at Casey, Mawson and Macquarie Island on behalf of GA;
  • Tide gauge maintenance at all stations on behalf of the AAD Human Impacts program;
  • Limited support to the AAD Automatic Penguin Monitoring System when no Science Technical Support personnel are available; and
  • Irregular support for various experiments at Casey, Mawson and Macquarie Island on behalf of AAD Space and Atmospherics Science Programme.
This page was last modified on 12 August 2010.