Antarctic webcams

The Australian Antarctic Division operates webcams at its four permanent stations: three on the Antarctic continent at Mawson, Casey and Davis, and the other at sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island.

The icebreaker Aurora Australis also has a webcam which operates when the ship is on hire to the Division for scientific and resupply voyages in the Southern Ocean.

Webcam images are captured by automatic cameras and sent back to head office in Kingston, Tasmania via satellite.

In addition, the krill cam gives an insight into life in the Division’s marine research aquarium where scientists study the the physiology, behaviour and reproduction of krill.

Weather

Weather data is collected by automatic weather stations operated by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and AAD personnel at the stations. This data is also held by the Australian Antarctic Data Centre.

Also available is weather information from Dome A – possibly the coldest place on Earth.

Research stationObservation date (UTC)Air temperatureAir pressureWind speed
Casey8-Dec-2016 01:58:10−1.3°C989.5 hPa15 km/h
Davis8-Dec-2016 01:57:20−0.6°C990.6 hPa21 km/h
Macquarie Island8-Dec-2016 01:58:017.4°C990.4 hPa47 km/h
Mawson8-Dec-2016 01:57:31−2°C990.4 hPa32 km/h
Dome A8-Dec-2016 00:31:33−38.32°C585.2 hPa2 km/h

Questions?

Did you see something strange on one of the webcams? Are you curious about how they work? Please view the frequently asked questions.