Cool science

  • A colourful sunrise over sea ice in Antarctica.

    Directing Australia's Antarctic Science

    10 April 2013

    Antarctic science program leaders Dr Tas van Ommen and Dr Martin Riddle talk about their involvement in Australia's Antarctic science program and where the programs they lead are headed.

  • Dr Helena Baird in a boat with Antarctic icebergs behind.

    Antarctic scientist to share research, culture and art with Nobel laureates in Japan

    18 December 2012

    A young Antarctic scientist will share her research on ‘giant’ crustaceans and other Antarctic sea floor creatures with Nobel laureates in Japan.

  • An iceberg in Antarctica.

    New PhD program gains momentum

    21 November 2012

    A new PhD program in Quantitative Antarctic Science has begun.

  • An Antarctic krill adult

    Rhythm of Antarctic Life

    10 July 2012

    Clock genes’ that regulate the daily and seasonal internal rhythms of krill are the target of new research by Antarctic scientists seeking a better understanding of what makes these important crustaceans tick.

  • The Southern Ocean

    World Oceans' Day

    8 June 2012

    Research in the Southern Ocean aims to answer the many questions arising in this rapidly changing environment.

  • A Patagonian toothfish being measured on an electronic measuring board.

    Sub-Antarctic toothfish fishery certified sustainable

    5 June 2012

    Australia’s Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) toothfish fishery is contributing to the ‘green economy’ on World Environment Day, after its independent certification as a sustainable and well managed fishery.

  • A giant sea spider, 25 cm in size.

    Boosting biodiversity conservation in the Southern Ocean

    22 May 2012

    The Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) Marine Reserve is set to expand, after the discovery of some of the most biodiverse examples of marine communities in the Southern Ocean.

  • The Shepherd’s beaked whales sighted off Victoria’s west coast, showing the distinctive pigmentation patterns, unique head shape and beak that are diagnostic for this species.

    Whale trackers make rare sighting

    27 February 2012

    Whale observers hit the jackpot recently when they encountered a pod of the rarely seen Shepherd’s beaked whale.

  • The digital map (BEDMAP-2) of the bedrock under the Antarctic ice sheet.

    Bedrock map reveals ice-free Antarctica

    14 December 2011

    The soaring mountain peaks and deep valleys hidden beneath Antarctica’s ice sheet have been revealed in a new map produced using decades of survey data acquired by planes, satellites, ships and dog-drawn sleds.

  • University of Tasmania scientist Dr Reed Burgette on a skidoo equipped with Global Positioning System equipment to obtain high resolution in situ estimates of surface topography, required to validate airborne and satellite data.

    Antarctic surveys validate satellite measurements of polar ice change

    13 December 2011

    A satellite mission to understand how the Earth’s ice is responding to climate change will receive vital data from snow and ice surveys in the Australian Antarctic Territory.

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