Australian Antarctic Magazine — Issue 38: June 2020

New Antarctic science strategic plan

Rows of tents at an ice core drill camp in Anarctica.
The new Australian Antarctic Science Strategic Plan will oversee the delivery of research outcomes including obtaining and analysing a million-year-old ice core. (Photo: Tas van Ommen)

Climate research using million-year old ice, and studies into Antarctic krill, will be key features of Antarctic science over the next decade, according to a new Australian Antarctic Science Strategic Plan released in April.

The plan was developed by the Australian Antarctic Science Council, in consultation with the Antarctic science research sector, Commonwealth agencies, Tasmanian government, universities and industry stakeholders.

It highlights the global importance of the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic region and Australia’s leadership in the sector.

The plan sets out three key research areas:

  • Environmental Protection and Management;
  • Ice, Ocean, Atmosphere and Earth Systems; and
  • Human Presence and Activities in Antarctica.

It also highlights the importance of digital integration, with data collection and analysis underpinning scientific outputs.

Australian Antarctic Division