Cool science

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A sonobuoy being released from the Aurora Australis

    Songs in the Southern Ocean

    20 July 2007

    The enchanting songs of whales will help us learn more about their relative abundance and distribution in the vast Southern Ocean.

  • Lidar image of polar stratospheric clouds.

    First harbingers of ozone depletion detected

    5 June 2007

    The first Polar Stratospheric Clouds (PSC) for the year have been detected over Davis.

  • Scientist with ice core

    Estimating sea ice extent from continental ice cores

    24 May 2007

    Changing climate - a story told by sea ice