July 2023 | News from the Australian Antarctic Program
As part of Australia’s most ambitious polar exploration project in 20 years, a convoy of tractor trains made a 2300 km round trip from Casey to Little Dome C, high on the Antarctic plateau, to set up an inland field camp. Scientists will return to the camp next year to begin drilling for an ice core with a climate history stretching back one million years. Read more in the story below.
Traverse to the top
10 people, 51 days, 2300 km, 3230 m altitude and 200 years of climate history! Our brand new tractor traverse has proven a route from Casey to Little Dome C where scientists will next year begin the quest to drill a million year ice core.
Robots will help Australian Antarctic scientists and other Antarctic experts to venture where none have been before, and advance human understanding of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems more efficiently, safely and cost-effectively.
From video to AI
Video and photography have revealed tantalising glimpses into the lives of Antarctic blue whales and spurred the development of AI and automated ways to detect these critically endangered ocean giants.
Like forensic investigators, scientists have developed a new molecular sleuthing method to identify when Antarctic krill left their DNA at the 'scene'.
Interactive sea-ice tool
A new interactive Antarctic map promises to assist voyage planning and enhance climate research in the sea-ice zone, by bringing together Southern Ocean data from the past four decades.
Ten years ago our scientists became the first and only team to deploy satellite tags on two Antarctic blue whales. The newly published satellite tracks provide the first insights into the movement of these critically endangered and rarely sighted ocean giants.