News: 2010

  • Alice Giles with harp

    Art in the Antarctic

    A Melbourne installation artist and a Canberra musician have been announced as the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellows for 2010–2011 season.

  • Antarctic expeditioners

    Take your place in Antarctic History

    Follow in the footsteps of great Antarctic explorer Sir Douglas Mawson 100 years after he led the first Australian Antarctic team.

  • Installing a permeable reactive barrier at Casey station.

    Fuel munching microbes help clean up Antarctica

    Micro-organisms will assist a team of scientists to clean up contaminated sites in Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island this year.

  • Dwarf minke whale underwater

    Do you want to work with whales?

    Applications have been called for the Australian Government’s 2011 Indo-Pacific Cetacean Research and Conservation Fund.

  • Twin Otter aeroplane

    New plane for Antarctic recovery mission

    The Antarctic Division’s summer program will remain on track with the charter of a ski-equipped Twin Otter aircraft.

  • Glaciologist Tessa Vance with ice core at Law Dome in Antarctica

    The Climate Conversations touring Tasmania

    A team of Antarctic climate scientists will take their research direct to the public in Launceston this week in an attempt to correct misinformation and present the facts of climate change.

  • CASA 212 ready for take off.

    Australian Antarctic plane update

    The Australian Antarctic Division has air-dropped tools and equipment to the crew of a damaged plane in Antarctica.

  • CASA 212–400 aircraft

    Australian Antarctic plane damaged

    A plane used by the Australian Antarctic Program has been damaged during landing near Australia’s Casey station.

  • Continuous Plankton Recorder being deployed from the Aurora Australis

    20 year study finds major changes in Southern Ocean plankton

    A 20 year study of the Southern Ocean has found significant changes in the composition, distribution and diversity of plankton and krill sampled by Australian Antarctic Division scientists.

  • Snow petrels

    Tracking the secret life of snow petrels

    Australian Antarctic Division scientists will add a new dimension to Antarctic seabird research this summer, deploying trackers on Antarctic snow petrels.

  • Casey station expeditioners Tim Bolton and Steve Leslie taking part in the Ride to Work Day

    Expeditioners wheeling to work

    Pedal power will be the preferred mode of transport at Australia’s Casey and Davis stations this summer.

  • An elephant seal with a satellite tag.

    Going high-tech to probe deeper into oceans

    Australian scientists are preparing to use the data from a new $22m array of high-tech equipment to help them probe deeper into the nation’s surrounding oceans.

  • Antarctic krill

    Krill face deadly cost of ocean acidification

    New research on the impact of ocean acidification on Antarctic krill has found increased levels of carbon dioxide kill their embryos.

  • Southern Ocean pteropods, Clio pyramidata antarctica.

    From snails to whales – the Southern Hemisphere Climate Forum

    Climate change and its impacts on everything from snails to whales, people, ecosystems and rainfall, is up for discussion at the Australia–New Zealand Climate Forum 2010 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart this week.

  • The Data-logging leg band attached to a Gentoo penguin

    Penguin research given a leg up

    Australian Antarctic Division Sea Bird Ecologist Dr Barbara Wienecke is working with Melbourne Aquarium’s staff and colony of Gentoo penguins, to trial a data-logging leg band which will help the long-term monitoring of their Adélie cousins in Antarctica.

  • Casey from the air

    Meet Australia’s new Station Leaders

    Australia’s new Station Leaders are preparing to go south to take up their positions at Mawson, Davis and Casey stations, and on Macquarie Island.

  • The biodiversity of the seabed captured during the Collaborative East Antarctic Marine Census voyage

    Decade of Discovery — the Census of Antarctic Marine Life

    The results of a decade-long study into the biodiversity of the world’s oceans, the Census of Marine Life (CoML), are being released in London this week.

  • Students examine creatures on the reef at low tide.

    Cool school: Antarctic scientists take to the classroom

    Scientists from the Antarctic Division are venturing into schools around Australia to inspire questioning minds and a love of learning.

  • OktoKopter undertaking test flights at the University of Tasmania.

    OktoKopter set to soar Antarctic skies

    A new high-tech remote controlled helicopter, the ‘OktoKopter’, will map fragile coastal moss beds in Antarctica this summer.

  • Short-tailed shearwater

    Data mining enhances scientific knowledge

    Scientists have used 'data mining’ to build a richer picture of shearwater foraging in the Southern Ocean.

  • The container housing the German LIDAR in situ at 69 degrees north

    German LIDAR bound for Davis station

    Australia’s research into the Antarctic atmosphere will reach greater heights this summer thanks to a new high-powered German laser which will be installed at Australia’s Davis station.

  • Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba)

    Darkness sheds light on krill reproduction

    When it comes to reproduction, Antarctic krill like the lights off.

  • Unmanned aerial vehicle and team at Shark Bay

    Aerial drones monitor marine mammals

    Miniature remote controlled aircraft are being trialled at Shark Bay in Western Australia for use in marine mammal surveys.

  • Aurora Australis resupply operation

    Setting up to go south

    Each year the Australian Antarctic Division undertakes the immense task of planning, organising and coordinating the Antarctic summer season. Watch a video on the challenges of supporting Australian activity in one of the most inhospitable places on earth.

  • Phil Law in snow in Oates Land, 1962

    From ice picks to satellites — 100 years of Australian Antarctic science

    Scientific discoveries, from the heroic to the modern era of Australian Antarctic science, will feature at an Antarctic science symposium at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre today.

  • Mollusc: Chiton

    Creatures from the bottom of the ocean on display for National Science Week

    As part of National Science Week the Australian Antarctic Division is featuring fascinating images of creatures from the bottom of the Southern Ocean in its public display area. Marvel at the diverse array of invertebrates collected from the Antarctic ‘benthos’ or sea floor and learn more about the scientific research undertaken by the Division.

  • Antarctic glacier

    Australian Antarctic glaciers named

    Six glaciers in the Australian Antarctic Territory have been officially named in honour of historically significant figures and groups who have played an important role in the Antarctic region or Australian history.

  • Humpback whales spy hopping

    $1.2 million for 2010 Marine Mammal Grants

    The Australian Marine Mammals Centre, at the Australian Antarctic Division, has announced the recipients of more than $1.2 million dollars of grants for 2010.

  • A QuickBird satellite image of islands in the study area with bright areas of guano highlighted in red, green and yellow.

    Mapping penguin colonies from space

    Penguin poo, or ‘guano', can provide scientists with a wealth of information, especially when viewed from space.

  • Diver collecting a cuttlefish

    Antarctic octopuses harbour venomous surprise

    In 2007, University of Melbourne venom researcher, Dr Bryan Fry travelled to Antarctica with the Australian Antarctic Division, where he collected 203 Antarctic octopuses.

  • Dr Claudia Arango with a giant sea spider from Antarctica.

    Sea spiders provide insights into Antarctic evolution

    Sea spider expert, Dr Claudia Arango, visited the Australian Antarctic Division this week to study a large collection of these long-legged marine invertebrates.

  • Tabular berg

    Call for applications for Bob Hawke Antarctic Science Fellowship

    Environment Protection Minister, Peter Garrett, is calling for scientists with a passion for Antarctica to apply for a new $250,000 RJL Hawke Post Doctoral Fellowship.

  • Graphic of Antarctica showing the study area, from 10°W to 172°E, which is divided into the Indian Ocean Sector and Western Pacific Ocean Sector in East Antarctica.

    Measuring fast ice in Antarctica

    The ability to detect changes in Antarctic ‘fast ice’ (stationary sea ice attached to the continent or grounded icebergs) could provide scientists with a useful indicator of climate change in Antarctica and insights into what drives the extent and variability of fast ice.

  • Alf Howard in hydrological lab

    Australian Antarctic explorer dies aged 104

    The last surviving member of the 1929–31 British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE), Dr Alf Howard AM, has died aged 104 years old.

  • Front cover of Research to Reality publication.

    Antarctic and marine research in focus

    What can the chemicals in seals’ whiskers tell us about their diet? Find out about this and other research being conducted through the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies.

  • Scientists deploying satellite tags on whales

    Non-lethal whale research reaps rewards

    Australian Minister for Environment Protection Peter Garrett and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully today released the preliminary results from a six-week joint Australian-New Zealand Antarctic Whale Expedition to the Southern Ocean earlier this year.

  • Dr Tas van Ommen collecting the ice core at Law Dome in Antarctica

    Dr Tas van Ommen on ABC Television

    Drought has gripped south-west Western Australia for decades, and while climate scientists blame a mix of natural weather cycles and human activity, the precise cause remains open to debate.

  • Undersea habitat

    Antarctic scientists win Super Science Fellowship

    Australian Antarctic Division scientists, Dr Steve Nicol and Dr Nick Gales, have been awarded one of only 100 Super Science Fellowships offered by the Australian Research Council, to employ two young post-doctoral researchers to study ecosystem linkages in the Southern Ocean.

  • Natalia in front of helicopter

    Sea ice scientist wins Fresh Science award

    Young sea ice scientist, Natalia Galin, is one of 16 winners of this year’s Fresh Science talent search — a national competition that identifies new and interesting research undertaken by early-career researchers.

  • A giant sea spider or ‘pycnogonid’ measuring 30cm across

    Antarctic marine census in the spotlight

    As the Census of Antarctic Marine Life draws to a close, Project Manager Victoria Wadley reflects on the achievements of the program in the latest issue of International Innovation.

  • Humpback whale

    Minister marks 2010 National Whale Day

    Environment Protection Minister, Peter Garrett, today launched the third National Whale Day for the International Fund for Animal Welfare at the La Perouse Museum in Sydney.

  • The tide gauge installed at Cape Denison in 1912 and operated by Captain Robert Bage

    Rising tide of interest in sea level rise

    Tide gauges installed at Antarctica and Macquarie Island nearly 100 years ago are helping modern-day scientists study sea level rise due to climate change.

  • Whales sighted during the aerial whale survey

    Largest Antarctic aerial whale survey completed

    Environment Protection Minister Peter Garrett and Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr today congratulated Australian researchers on the completion of the largest-ever aerial survey of whales off the Australian Antarctic coastline.

  • Dr Martin Riddle, Minister Peter Garrett and Dr Knowles Kerry

    Research improves understanding of threats to Antarctic wildlife

    Environment Protection Minister, Peter Garrett, today launched the book 'Health of Antarctic Wildlife: A challenge for Science and Policy’ at Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney.

  • Humpback whale fluke

    Whale tails tell tales

    Marine scientists from around the world are being encouraged to match photos of whale tails collected on the recent Antarctic Whale Expedition.

  • Map showing the oceanic sector in which the 2006 BROKE-West survey was conducted — known as CCAMLR Division 58.4.2.

    Breaking new ground in marine science

    One of the most comprehensive ecosystem surveys conducted in the Southern Ocean is the focus of the latest issue of Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography.

  • Aircraft over runway

    Continued support for Australia-Antarctica airlink

    The highly successful Australia-Antarctica Airlink will continue thanks to a $11.7 million commitment in the 2010–2011 Budget.

  • Ozone sonde release

    25th anniversary of the discovery of the ozone hole

    In May 1985, scientists from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) described their observations of large losses of ozone over Antarctica in the prestigious journal, Nature.

  • ATCM meeting

    33rd Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting

    An Australian delegation is in Uruguay for the next two weeks for the 33rd Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) and the 13th meeting of the Committee for Environmental Protection.

  • C28 moves away from Mertz glacier while B09B remains grounded

    Gigantic iceberg altering natural processes

    The gigantic iceberg which calved from the Mertz Glacier in mid-February is altering natural processes in the surrounding ocean as it moves westward away from the glacier.

  • Casey station after a heavy dump of snow

    Casey station breaks snowfall record

    Australia’s Casey station has experienced its biggest daily snowfall total since records began in 1969.

  • Aerial photograph of a whale in the Southern Ocean

    Whales fertilising the Southern Ocean

    The important role whale poo plays in the productivity of the Southern Ocean has been revealed in a new study.

  • Adelie penguins on bergy bit near Davis station

    New Antarctic conservation laws adopted

    Australia has adopted new laws to improve the conservation of Antarctic animals and plants.

  • Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba)

    A focus on krill

    KRILL: Read all about it in a special issue of Deep-Sea Research Part II!

  • Jeremy Verdouw (left) and Joe Hutchins with the diamond-tipped saw used to slice thin otolith sections.

    Age Matters

    For the next 18 months, fisheries research assistants Jeremy Verdouw and Joe Hutchins expect to examine up to 7000 ear bones or otoliths from Patagonian toothfish, to estimate the age of each fish.

  • The 3000 year old ice core taken from Dome Summit South.

    Getting to the core of climate

    How do scientists extract 3000 years of climate history from an ice core?

  • Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting

    Australia’s Antarctic gateway to host 2012 Treaty meeting

    The Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts and the Minister for Foreign Affairs today announced that Hobart will host the 35th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) in 2012.

  • Tangaroa alongside Aotea Wharf, Wellington

    Antarctic whale expedition returns

    The world’s largest, non-lethal whale research expedition has returned from Antarctic waters with a range of new information that will help inform future marine mammal conservation.

  • Dr Ben Sullivan with the Safe Lead (left) and a traditional weighted swivel

    Australian seabird ecologist wins prestigious marine conservation award

    Seabird ecologist, Dr Ben Sullivan, has won a $150 000 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation to continue his work on seabird bycatch mitigation and reduction, and safer fishing practices, in pelagic longline and trawl fisheries.

  • Whale expedition homeward bound

    After a successful six weeks in the Southern Ocean, the Australian led Antarctic whale expedition is heading home.

  • Phil Law speaking to audience

    Australian Antarctic pioneer dies at 97

    The Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, today paid tribute to Dr Phillip Law whose foresight and drive forged the beginnings of Australia’s very successful Antarctic program and who consolidated Australia’s Antarctic interests.

  • Erecting the main structure of the building

    Keeping science cool

    Scientists at the Australian Antarctic Division have a new state-of-the-art cool store and freezer facility at Kingston.

  • Whale expedition team approaches humpback whale

    Antarctic whale expedition at half way mark

    The joint Australian-New Zealand Antarctic Whale Expedition is on track collecting information on several whale species in the Southern Ocean.

  • The Mertz Glacier tongue

    Massive iceberg calves from the Mertz Glacier

    A massive iceberg, measuring 78 kilometres long and 39 kilometres wide, has calved from the Mertz Glacier in the Australian Antarctic Territory.

  • Ice core

    Antarctic snowfall linked to West Australian drought

    An Antarctic ice core has revealed a link between drought conditions in south-west Western Australia and increased snowfall in Antarctica.

  • Preparing the RV Tangaroa for departure

    Whale expedition heads south

    The largest collaborative whale research voyage ever undertaken is on its way to Antarctica.

  • Southern Ocean whale expedition

    Marine Biologist Dr Nick Gales explains the aims of a joint Australia-New Zealand whale expedition in the southern ocean this summer.

  • Australian Minister for the Environment Peter Garrett

    Minister Garrett launches the Antarctic whale research expedition

    Australian Minister for the Environment, Peter Garrett, and New Zealand Minister for Research Science and Technology, Wayne Mapp, launched the first Antarctic whale research expedition as part of the Southern Ocean Research Partnership in Wellington today.

  • Tradesmen working in Antarctica

    The coolest job in the world

    The coolest job in the world is up for grabs — and it could be yours.

  • Philip Samartzis

    Australian Antarctic Arts Fellows announced

    A Melbourne sound artist and an Adelaide choreographer and performer have been announced as the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellows for 2010.

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    Diving at Davis station

    Listen to benthic ecologist, Dr Jonny Stark, explain the Antarctic Division’s diving program at Davis station this summer.