News archive: 2001

  • Wandering albatross in flight

    Australian scientists lead international program to save albatross

    28 December 2001

    A major field program to collect vital data about the lives of endangered seabirds in the world's most inaccessible albatross colonies has just ended for four Australian biologists.

  • Aerial view of the ship Aurora Australis surrounded by icy and water.

    Aurora Australis sent to help trapped Antarctic ship

    28 December 2001

    The Australian research icebreaker Aurora Australis departed Casey station today to go to the help of the Antarctic supply ship Polar Bird, stranded in the pack ice of Prydz Bay nearly 5000 km southwest of Hobart.

  • Polar Bird in the sea ice

    Antarctic supply ship trapped in ice for Christmas

    24 December 2001

    A group of 40 Australians and the crew of the chartered Antarctic supply ship Polar Bird are spending Christmas Day beset in heavy Antarctic pack ice – but securing a supply of festive refreshment has ensured that their unique Christmas will be a happy one.

  • Sunset in the Southern Ocean (Photo: Rob Bryson)

    International team returns from biggest-ever Antarctic research voyage

    12 December 2001

    The largest-ever Australian Antarctic scientific expedition – a five-week study of the Southern Ocean's role in global processes – ends tomorrow with the return to Hobart of Australia's ice research ship Aurora Australis.

  • Iceberg in shining sunlight that looks like the spine of a dragon

    Scientists investigate penguin deaths

    28 November 2001

    Scientists at Australia's Mawson station have begun preliminary investigations into the deaths of Adélie penguins at two island colonies near the station.

  • Afternoon light falls on Casey station

    Update: Casey team restores full power, communications to station

    13 November 2001

    Full power and communications have been restored to Australia's Antarctic station of Casey following an electrical power surge yesterday which set off automatic fire extinguishers, causing damage to three service buildings.

  • Casey station sign and Red Shed living quarters

    Power restored to Antarctic station following electrical fault

    12 November 2001

    The main power supply to Australia's Casey station in Antarctica has been restored following an electrical fault which set off automatic fire extinguishers.

  • The Southern Ocean

    Antarctic voyage puts Southern Ocean processes under scrutiny

    6 November 2001

    The processes and composition of the Southern Ocean will be under scrutiny during a north-south ocean transect between Tasmania and Antarctica beginning early next month.

  • Helicopter approaching Aurora Australis

    Aurora Australis leaves today to start summer Antarctic program

    28 September 2001

    Research into ice shelf-ocean interaction and laser-assisted investigations of Earth's atmosphere will be a focus of Antarctic climate and environmental field studies this summer.

  • Aerial photo of Mawson buildings

    Energy-efficient refrigeration wins engineering award

    5 September 2001

    Keeping food fresh for up to a year in the Antarctic is harder than it might seem, but an innovation by a member of the Australian Antarctic Division's engineering group has made it that much easier, as well as more energy-efficient.

  • Wind turbine

    Blizzard winds to power Australian Antarctic station

    22 August 2001

    The fury of Antarctica's coastal winds is to be harnessed to power Antarctica's first large-scale wind turbine at Australia's Mawson station.

  • Casa 212-400 in flight

    Proposals sought on Antarctic air transport system

    25 July 2001

    Eight air transport companies – seven of them Australian-based – have been asked to submit proposals to develop an air transport system for Australia's Antarctic program. These companies had previously been short-listed to provide air transport between Australia and Antarctica.

  • This bronze medal shows a map of Antarctica and the words 'For outstanding service in the Antarctic'

    Six honoured in Australian Antarctic Medal award

    21 June 2001

    Distinguished service by six Antarctic expeditioners, from Queensland, New South Wales, Canberra, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia has been honoured in this year's award of the Australian Antarctic Medal.

  • Mock operation

    Australian polar medicine veteran takes NASA post

    1 June 2001

    Over three decades in charge of Australia's Antarctic medical program will come to an end today when Dr Des Lugg leaves the Australian Antarctic Division to take up a prestigious position with the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

  • Iceberg in shining sunlight that looks like the spine of a dragon

    New challenges for Australia's Antarctic Program

    22 May 2001

    Ice, air and marine studies and environmental management projects, including trials of alternative energy sources for Australian stations in Antarctica, are among major initiatives for the Federal Government's 2001-2002 Antarctic Program.

  • Aerial view of the ship Aurora Australis surrounded by icy and water.

    Final voyage of the season for Australia's icebreaker

    4 April 2001

    The Australian ice breaker Aurora Australis arrives back in Hobart tomorrow with sixty expeditioners onboard, marking the end of a challenging but successful summer research and resupply season for Australia's Antarctic program.

  • A photo from the air of a small island in the foreground and the snowy topped Big Ben on Heard Island in the background.

    Remote subantarctic island experiences population boom

    28 March 2001

    Dramatic changes in the population and distribution of plants and wildlife on Australia's subantarctic outpost of Heard Island are among the many exciting research findings, as a result of an extensive research program on the remote volcanic island.

  • The sheer cliff of ice forms part of the glacier named after Dr Xavier Mertz, Mawson's companion on his Far Eastern sledging journey 1912.

    Award for online Antarctic research applications

    28 March 2001

    The development of an innovative online research application and assessment system by the Australian Antarctic Division has been recognised with a national technology productivity award, presented at Parliament House in Canberra last night.

  • Antarctic krill

    Krill, ice and oceans a major research focus

    9 March 2001

    The Australian icebreaker, RSV Aurora Australis returns to Hobart today following a 10 week Antarctic research voyage. The research included investigations into the interaction between krill and their many predators.

  • Antarctic night sky

    Antarctic helicopter accident

    10 January 2001

    Last evening a single engined Squirrel helicopter was involved in an accident aboard the Antarctic supply vessel, MV Polar Bird.