Cool science

  • International Polar Year update

    27 August 2008

    The Australian Antarctic program continues to be a highly collaborative and internationalised science program during the first year of the International Polar Year, 2007/08.

  • Circumpolar map of mean annual sea ice thickness (including ridged ice).

    First Antarctic circumpolar map of sea ice thickness

    25 July 2008

    Data collected from 83 voyages between 1980 and 2005 have made the first circumpolar map of mean annual sea ice thickness around Antarctica.

  • Dome-A automatic weather station

    Requirements for the coldest place on Earth

    14 May 2008

    It barely snows, the wind hardly blows, its over 4 km high with 3 of those being ice. Could Dome A really be the coldest place on Earth?

  • Image of the Davis Station LIDAR laser flashlamp

    Ice clouds

    18 January 2008

    First recorded simultaneous observations of ice clouds at Davis looking up from the ground and looking down from space.

  • Black and white penguin with lines of excrement radiating outward from the nest.

    Pesticides found in penguin colonies

    2 November 2007

    Persistent organic pollutants, such as the pesticide DDT, have never been used in polar regions but have been found at surprisingly high levels in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

  • Expeditioner in protective clothing releases ozone sonde (weather balloon)

    World Ozone Day recognises 20 years of international cooperation

    5 September 2007

    There are clear signs that the Montreal Protocol is having the required effect with the reduction of key ozone depleting substances in the atmosphere.

  • Algae in decaying sea ice

    SIPEX voyage web site

    5 September 2007

    Explore the sea ice zone around Antarctica with the international team on board the Aurora Australis. Check daily updates on the SIPEX voyage web site.

  • Marine scientist Rob King (left) discusses Antarctic krill with a visitor.

    Antarctica features during National Science Week

    28 August 2007

    An Antarctic research exhibition by the Australian Antarctic Division drew a crowd during National Science Week in August.

  • Several scientists working on sea ice in front of the ice breaker, Aurora Australis.

    Antarctic Remote Ice Sensing Experiment

    10 August 2007

    A treasure chest of 30 years of sea ice data has been unlocked after a hands on approach to a hands off method of data collection was validated.

  • Several scientists working on sea ice in front of the ice breaker, Aurora Australis.

    Finding the key

    10 August 2007

    A treasure chest of 30 years of sea ice data has been unlocked after a hands on approach to a hands off method of data collection was validated.