August 2022 | News from the Australian Antarctic Program

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Red and green aurora and stars.

Senior Meteorologist Barry Becker, captured this aurora over Casey research station. It was one of many auroras that expeditioners enjoyed during the long weeks of winter darkness. See more in our new multimedia feature below. Photo: Barry Becker

Remotely monitoring Antarctica

Three high-tech, automated weather stations, with cameras and satellite communications, will help monitor remote parts of east Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic. The units will collect data useful for climate research, and monitor wildlife and the condition of remote infrastructure.

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Awesome Aurora

Have you ever wondered how the aurora australis, or southern lights, form? Learn more about this beautiful space weather phenomenon, as well as other Antarctic atmospheric phenomena that provide clues to climate change, in our dazzling new multimedia feature.

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Invasive flatworm spreads on island

A flatworm that arrived on Macquarie Island from New Zealand, with sealers and penguin harvesters over a century ago, is spreading. A new biosecurity project aims to protect the island from further spread, and prevent its introduction to Tasmania on cargo.

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State of the Environment

Climate change poses the greatest threat to Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems, according to the latest State of the Environment report. But when the world works together, success stories like the Antarctic Treaty, and the Montreal Protocol to protect the ozone layer, offer hope.

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Upgrading Antarctic stations

The vision to modernise our network of Antarctic research stations and supporting infrastructure is now a step closer as the Australian Antarctic Division looks to contract a world class program alliance partner.

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Public comment invited on ice core project

Public comment is sought for an initial environmental evaluation on the Australian Antarctic Division’s proposed traverse, inland station, and million year ice core project.

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Nuyina delay

An unexpected issue during scheduled maintenance on RSV Nuyina in Singapore, has delayed the ship’s return to Hobart for the start of the 2022–23 Antarctic season. Two additional ships will transport cargo and expeditioners.

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