Cool science

  • The Southern Ocean

    World Oceans' Day 2012

    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.

  • computer screen showing iron density

    Looking for iron in the sky

    9 June 2011

    Australian and German scientists are searching for iron in the sky above Davis to learn more about the earth's atmosphere at the edge of space.

  • Emperor penguins in a huddle

    Penguin huddle makes waves

    3 June 2011

    Emperor penguins on the outside of a huddle gradually move to the inside, where its warm, through a coordinated huddle wave.

  • Sea ice instrumentation

    Collaborative venture for sea ice science

    3 June 2011

    A collaboration between Antarctic tradespeople, engineers and sea ice scientists has seen the successful installation of a high-tech, ice-monitoring network in the sea ice near Davis.

  • Students examine creatures on the reef at low tide.

    Cool school: Antarctic scientists take to the classroom

    4 October 2010

    Scientists from the Antarctic Division are venturing into schools around Australia to inspire questioning minds and a love of learning.