News archive: 2003

  • Vasiliy Golovnin

    Safety priority for Australian Antarctic Division

    31 December 2003

    The delayed departure from Hobart of the Russian-registered icebreaker MV Vasiliy Golovnin will allow concerns raised by the Australian Marine and Safety Authority (AMSA) to be addressed.

  • Vasiliy Golovnin

    Delayed sailing of Antarctic vessel

    30 December 2003

    An Australian Antarctic Division voyage to Antarctica due to sail this evening has been delayed.

  • Vasiliy Golovnin

    Resupplying Antarctica in one hit instead of three

    30 December 2003

    In a first, the Australian Government's Antarctic Division will resupply its three continental stations in a single voyage with the Russian-registered MV Vasiliy Golovnin.

  • Close up of ice core inside drill

    Climate clues in pre-Industrial Revolution Antarctic ice

    30 December 2003

    Ice cores to be retrieved from deep in the Antarctic ice sheet will give scientists a clearer picture of the nature of climate variability and a better understanding of weather cycles.

  • View of the front of the AAD head office

    Cool, clean, green cars

    12 December 2003

    The Australian Antarctic Division is supporting environmentally friendly technology by adding two new hybrid cars – a petrol engine combined with an electric motor - to its fleet of vehicles based at its head office at Kingston, Tasmania.

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

    Climate change answers from living laboratory in Southern Ocean

    2 December 2003

    Heard Island in the Southern Ocean is about to become the focus of extensive marine science and climate change research.

  • Red and white plane on the ice.

    Station changeover by air a first

    26 November 2003

    For the first time the Australian Government's Antarctic Division has used aircraft to conduct a major changeover of personnel replacing the time-honoured dependency on ships.

  • Red and green buildings of Mawson station

    No harm to personnel in Antarctic fire

    23 November 2003

    A fire yesterday at Australia's Mawson station in Antarctica was brought under control without injury to personnel and little damage to equipment.

  • Noctilucent clouds in the Southern Hemisphere are dimmer, less frequent and higher than those in the Northern Hemisphere

    Eclipse offers added bonus for sky watchers

    21 November 2003

    The total solar eclipse on Monday November 24 offers a rare opportunity for atmospheric scientists to gather information on elusive noctilucent clouds.

  • Scenery in front of Casey showing the half light that resulted from the partial total eclipse on the 29 april 2014

    Antarctica to give greatest view of solar eclipse

    21 November 2003

    A total solar eclipse will take place in the southern hemisphere during Monday November 24 when the moon will pass directly in front of the sun as seen from a narrow strip of Earth's surface, including the Southern Ocean and parts of the Antarctic continent.

  • A view of the outdoor field camp on ice at Law Dome

    Australian scientists find new evidence of Antarctic sea ice decline

    14 November 2003

    Glaciologists from the Australian Government's Antarctic Division have found evidence of a decline in the extent of Antarctic ice.

  • Delegates at a Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting in Hobart in 2013.

    CCAMLR: Antarctic Waters Conference tackles the future for marine species

    8 November 2003

    In the final hours of the two weeks of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources negotiations, a trial of the Centralised Vessel Monitoring Scheme has been agreed to.

  • Delegates at a Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting in Hobart in 2013.

    Illegal fishers escape the net... for now

    7 November 2003

    The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources will end tonight after two weeks of intensive discussions in Hobart.

  • The crevice through the ice of the Amery Ice Shelf

    Improving global climate forecasts

    3 November 2003

    Scientists setting sail for Antarctica today will be researching how to more accurately predict the effects of global climate change.

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

    Davis and Mawson changeover

    3 November 2003

    The Antarctic resupply vessel Aurora Australis will leave Hobart today with more than 100 expeditioners bound for Australia's Davis and Mawson stations.

  • Delegates at a Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting in Hobart in 2013.

    International support to combat illegal Antarctic fishing

    27 October 2003

    Australia's moves to curb illegal fishing in Antarctic and subantarctic waters has the backing of key participants who will also be attending the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.

  • The green and yellow buildings of the station

    Public comment sought on Antarctic station upgrade

    20 October 2003

    The Australian Antarctic Division has invited public comment on the Initial Environmental Evaluation of replacement living quarters at Davis station in Antarctica.

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

    Death of Antarctic expeditioner

    6 October 2003

    The Australian Antarctic community is mourning the death of one of its expeditioners.

  • Patagonian toothfish

    Toothfish demand growing

    3 October 2003

    International demand for the toothfish has led to a record number of countries applying for permission to fish in areas designated as new and exploratory in Antarctic waters.

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

    A great supporter of the Antarctic

    3 October 2003

    The Parliamentary Secretary for the Antarctic Dr Sharman Stone has paid tribute to Tasmania's Governor, Sir Guy Green, who retires today.

  • Wind turbine

    Energy in the Antarctic

    23 September 2003

    Rising like enormous sculptures, the Australian Government's Antarctic wind turbines are proving to be a great substitute for diesel-produced energy and heating for Mawson station in Antarctic.

  • Miniature 'old growth forests': Mosses at Casey station

    Web-based State of Environment reporting a winner

    19 September 2003

    A web-based State of the Environment reporting system developed by the Australian Government's Antarctic Division has won a prestigious Technology Productivity Award.

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

    Ship and satellite surveys combine to aid Antarctic climate study

    11 September 2003

    A major international sea ice research program kicks off the Australian Antarctic Division's busy 2003/04 summer science schedule.

  • A yellow ozonesonde balloon floats upwards against a grey sky watched by scientists at Davis.

    Art from Austria to Antarctica

    11 September 2003

    Austrian artist Nin Brudermann will soon be adding Antarctica to the list of remote places where she has captured images of the launch of meteorological balloons – and it's all in the name of art.

  • Bow view of new Antarctic icebreaker RSV Nuyina in the Damen shipyards.

    Taking the Arts to Antarctica

    3 September 2003

    What do a novelist, an Austrian artist, a Rhodes scholar, a nature writer and photographer, a visual artist and a natural history writer have in common?

  • Wind turbine

    World's first Antarctic wind turbines are winners

    31 August 2003

    The Australian Government's wind turbine project at Mawson Station in Antarctica won a Tasmanian Engineering Excellence Award on Friday night in Hobart.

  • Nacreous clouds at Mawson after sunset.

    Large ozone hole over Antarctica likely

    21 August 2003

    Scientists are predicting a large ozone hole over much of Antarctica this spring.

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

    Government's marine conservation efforts recognised

    19 August 2003

    The Australian Government's declaration of the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve has been recognised by a World Wide Fund for Nature 'Gift to the Earth Award'.

  • A large iceberg in background with water in foreground which shows grease ice forming

    Antarctic ice man and air transport designer retires

    28 July 2003

    A former manager of the Australian Antarctic Division's Glaciology Program and the principal architect of Australia's Antarctic Air Transport Project retires today.

  • AAD environment adviser appointed to international body

    23 July 2003

    Parliamentary Secretary for the Antarctic Dr Sharman Stone has congratulated the Australian Antarctic Division's Shaun Walsh on his appointment to head an international environment group.

  • Wind turbine

    Australia attends Antarctic Managers' Forum

    4 July 2003

    An Australian Antarctic Division delegation will leave tomorrow for France to attend the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP).

  • Polar Bird in the sea ice

    Shipping contract supports Antarctic science

    2 July 2003

    Hobart will see a new Antarctic ship this summer - the MV Vasiliy Golovnin - which will replace the smaller MV Polar Bird which was used for some 20 years.

  • Lichens close-up

    New herbarium to house valuable Antarctic collection

    27 June 2003

    Valuable Antarctic plant specimens from as far south as 86 degrees are now housed in the new herbarium at the Australian Antarctic Division's Kingston headquarters.

  • Three scientists collect an ice core in Antarctica.

    50 years of Antarctic science

    25 June 2003

    Antarctic scientific research by Australians is celebrated in a recently-released book, 'Australian Antarctic Science – The first 50 years of ANARE'.

  • Casa 212-400 in flight

    Australian Antarctic Division signs aircraft deal

    19 June 2003

    On the eve of the winter solstice, the Australian Antarctic Division has signed a long-term contract for two aircraft to operate its flights within Antarctica.

  • Wayne Papps, 1959 - 2003

    Wayne Papps 1959 - 2003

    5 June 2003

    Peter Boyer pays tribute to Australian Antarctic Division photographer Wayne Papps.

  • A Twin Otter flies over flags, planted in the ice, of countries participating in a geophysical research project.

    Australian delegation to Antarctic Treaty Meeting

    5 June 2003

    Tourism management, liability and the first permanent secretariat for the Antarctic Treaty system will be some of the issues that Australia will try to resolve at the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting and the Committee for Environmental Protection in Madrid next week.

  • Wayne Papps, 1959 - 2003

    Australian Antarctic Division mourns loss of photographer Wayne Papps

    4 June 2003

    Australian Antarctic Division photographer Wayne Papps has died following a fall from a cliff on South Bruny Island.

  • Wayne Papps, 1959 - 2003

    Tribute to AAD photographer

    4 June 2003

    Dr Sharman Stone has paid tribute to Australian Antarctic Division photographer Wayne Papps, who fell to his death while photographing the magnificent coastline around Tasmania's South Bruny Island.

  • Bright sunny day over station and isthmus

    Macquarie Island bears brunt of storm

    2 June 2003

    Wild weather has hit Macquarie Island eroding parts of the isthmus and causing damage to some buildings, while people on the island remain safe.

  • This iceberg has a sea green stripe through it's body

    Women in Science first for Tasmania

    22 May 2003

    Tasmania has joined the Women in Science Enquiry Network (WISENET). WISENET's aim is to attract more women into science where they are currently under-represented.

  • A jade iceberg trapped in the sea ice

    Antarctic Impressions on show

    15 May 2003

    'Antarctic Impressions' – an exhibition that showcases for the first time the Antarctic Humanities Program – will be officially opened at Parliament House in Canberra today.

  • Large tubes of green and orange liquid that fill refrigerators.

    New Antarctic Marine Research Aquarium equals best in world

    8 May 2003

    A new aquarium and laboratory at the Australian Antarctic Division will help revolutionise the study of Antarctic marine organisms and ensure the preservation of the pristine values of the Antarctic.

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

    Dr Stone announces Antarctic science grants

    30 April 2003

    Heard Island in the southern Indian Ocean is to be the focus of extensive research in the 2003/04 summer season, Parliamentary Secretary for the Antarctic Dr Sharman Stone announced today.

  • Expeditioners in a red rubber inflatable boat cruise past an enormous colony of penguins covering every inch of the shore

    Call for research applications in Antarctic science

    4 April 2003

    The Australian Antarctic Division is inviting applications from researchers for projects in Antarctica in 2004/05.

  • A Twin Otter flies over flags, planted in the ice, of countries participating in a geophysical research project.

    Antarctic Director to head Australian delegation to Argentina

    28 March 2003

    Australian Antarctic Division Director, Dr Tony Press, is to lead a delegation to Argentina to further the establishment of the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat.

  • The green and yellow buildings of the station

    Feasibility on replacement buildings in Antarctica

    25 March 2003

    The Australian Antarctic Division is looking for an innovative and energy-efficient solution to accommodating researchers at Davis station in Antarctica.

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

    Public input called for Marine Reserve Management Plan

    21 March 2003

    The Federal Government invites the public to help the Australian Antarctic Division draft a management plan for the Heard and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve.

  • Mawson's main hut at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay

    Public seminar on the conservation of Mawson's Huts in Antarctica

    20 March 2003

    A seminar in Canberra tomorrow will hear of the achievements towards the conservation of Sir Douglas Mawson huts at Cape Denison in the far eastern part of the Australia Antarctic Territory.

  • Polar Bird in the sea ice

    Australian Antarctic Division farewells Polar Bird

    14 March 2003

    The polar resupply ship, Polar Bird, has arrived back in Hobart on its final voyage for the Australian Antarctic Division.

  • un shines on the left-hand side of these mountains as two quad bikes drive on the lake below them.

    Antarctic rocks clue to global warming

    20 February 2003

    Rock samples collected by scientists in Antarctica will lead to a greater understanding of the consequences of sustained global warming.

  • Wind turbine

    Up and running - Antarctic's first major wind turbine

    18 February 2003

    Massive turbine blades are turning at Australia's Antarctic station, Mawson. It is the first serious attempt by any nation to use wind power generation in Antarctica, on a large scale, to reduce the use of diesel.

  • Coral Tulloch

    Tasmanian author captures Antarctica

    14 February 2003

    Parliamentary Secretary for the Antarctic Dr Sharman Stone has praised the work of Tasmanian children's writer and illustrator Coral Tulloch whose book 'Antarctica – Heart of the World' she launched today in Hobart.

  • Penguins on the move

    11 February 2003

    Visitors to the Australian Antarctic Division's website are now able to follow the tracks of Adélie penguins as they forage for their food.

  • A landscape view of Wilkins Runway on an overcast day

    Antarctic runway on track

    9 February 2003

    Australian Antarctic Division engineers have made substantial progress on a runway being constructed near Casey station.

  • Four expeditioners gathered next to a water hose

    Antarctica calls

    31 January 2003

    The Australian Antarctic Division is offering the work experience of a lifetime. It has a wide range of positions based in the Antarctic and subantarctic in 2004.

  • Tasmanian teacher to promote Australian Antarctic research

    12 January 2003

    Science teacher Jak Denny plans to promote the importance of Australia's Antarctic research through the classroom.

  • Wind turbine

    Antarctic wind to power Australian station

    12 January 2003

    Blades and turbine towers for Australia's wind power generation in Antarctica depart Hobart today aboard the supply ship Polar Bird for installation at Mawson station.

  • Antarctic krill

    Main summer Antarctic marine science voyage departs Hobart

    3 January 2003

    A detailed study to estimate the small-scale distribution of Antarctic krill in part of the Southern Ocean, will be carried out during an 11-week Antarctic research voyage departing today.