The $24 million Antarctic Gateway Partnership, launched on 1 October, aims to consolidate Tasmania’s place as a global leader in Antarctic and Southern Ocean science and get more scientists on the ice.
The three-year, federally funded partnership is a collaboration between the Australian Antarctic Division, CSIRO and University of Tasmania.
Fourteen national and international scientists have been employed under the partnership, while a number of existing projects and scientific teams will also benefit. These include the K-axis marine science voyage in early 2016 (see Spotlight on the K-Axis).
The partnership will fund research into ice-shelf and ocean interactions, marine and sea-ice food webs, solid earth–ice sheet interactions and polar marine technology.