News: 2001

  • Aurora Australis sent to help trapped Antarctic ship

    The Australian research icebreaker Aurora Australis departed Casey station today to go to the help of the Antarctic supply ship Polar Bird, stranded in the pack ice of Prydz Bay nearly 5000km southwest of Hobart.

  • Australian scientists lead international program to save albatross

    A major field program to collect vital data about the lives of endangered seabirds in the world’s most inaccessible albatross colonies has just ended for four Australian biologists.

  • Antarctic supply ship trapped in ice for Christmas

    A group of 40 Australians and the crew of the chartered Antarctic supply ship Polar Bird are spending Christmas Day beset in heavy Antarctic pack ice — but securing a supply of festive refreshment has ensured that their unique Christmas will be a happy one.

  • International team returns from biggest-ever Antarctic research voyage

    The largest-ever Australian Antarctic scientific expedition — a five-week study of the Southern Ocean’s role in global processes — ends tomorrow with the return to Hobart of Australia’s ice research ship Aurora Australis.

  • Scientists investigate penguin deaths

    Scientists at Australia’s Mawson station have begun preliminary investigations into the deaths of Adélie penguins at two island colonies near the station.

  • Update: Casey team restores full power, communications to station

    Full power and communications have been restored to Australia’s Antarctic station of Casey following an electrical power surge yesterday which set off automatic fire extinguishers, causing damage to three service buildings.

  • Power restored to Antarctic station following electrical fault

    The main power supply to Australia’s Casey station in Antarctica has been restored following an electrical fault which set off automatic fire extinguishers.

  • Antarctic voyage puts Southern Ocean processes under scrutiny

    The processes and composition of the Southern Ocean will be under scrutiny during a north-south ocean transect between Tasmania and Antarctica beginning early next month.

  • Aurora Australis leaves today to start summer Antarctic program

    Research into ice shelf-ocean interaction and laser-assisted investigations of Earth’s atmosphere will be a focus of Antarctic climate and environmental field studies this summer.

  • Energy-efficient refrigeration wins engineering award

    Keeping food fresh for up to a year in the Antarctic is harder than it might seem, but an innovation by a member of the Australian Antarctic Division’s engineering group has made it that much easier, as well as more energy-efficient.

  • Blizzard winds to power Australian Antarctic station

    The fury of Antarctica’s coastal winds is to be harnessed to power Antarctica’s first large-scale wind turbine at Australia’s Mawson station.

  • Proposals sought on Antarctic air transport system

    Eight air transport companies — seven of them Australian-based — have been asked to submit proposals to develop an air transport system for Australia’s Antarctic Program. These companies had previously been short-listed to provide air transport between Australia and Antarctica.

  • Six honoured in Australian Antarctic Medal award

    Distinguished service by six Antarctic expeditioners, from Queensland, New South Wales, Canberra, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia has been honoured in this year’s award of the Australian Antarctic Medal.

  • Australian polar medicine veteran takes NASA post

    Dr Des Lugg leaves the Australian Antarctic Division to take up a prestigious position with the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

  • New challenges for Australia’s Antarctic Program

    Ice, air and marine studies and environmental management projects, including trials of alternative energy sources for Australian stations in Antarctica, are among major initiatives for the Federal Government’s 2001–2002 Antarctic Program.

  • Final voyage of the season for Australia’s icebreaker

    The Australian ice breaker Aurora Australis arrives back in Hobart tomorrow with sixty expeditioners onboard, marking the end of a challenging but successful summer research and resupply season for Australia’s Antarctic program.

  • Remote subantarctic island experiences population boom

    Dramatic changes in the population and distribution of plants and wildlife on Australia’s subantarctic outpost of Heard Island are among the many exciting research findings, as a result of an extensive research program on the remote volcanic island.

  • Award for online Antarctic research applications

    The development of an innovative online research application and assessment system by the Australian Antarctic Division has been recognised with a national technology productivity award, presented at Parliament House in Canberra last night.

  • Krill, ice and oceans a major research focus

    The Australian icebreaker, RSV Aurora Australis returns to Hobart today following a 10 week Antarctic research voyage. The research included investigations into the interaction between krill and their many predators.

  • Antarctic helicopter accident

    Last evening a single engined Squirrel helicopter was involved in an accident aboard the Antarctic supply vessel, MV Polar Bird.