January 2024 | News from the Australian Antarctic Program
The tractor traverse train delivering supplies for Australia's Million Year Ice Core project, travelled from Casey station to Little Dome C in December/January. Traverse Leader and team doctor, Dr John Cherry, took this photo of a solar halo during the 3200 kilometre-return journey.
The ICECAP-EAGLE has flown
Glaciologists have taken to the skies to study the kilometre-thick Antarctic ice sheet and bedrock below. Flying geophysical surveys in a 1940s-era Basler, the team are gaining insights into ice sheet stability and what this means for sea level rise
Antarctic research to assist astronauts
Australian Antarctic expeditioners are trialling new medical technologies, including wearable biosensors and ultrasound technology, that could support astronaut health on future space missions.
Nuyina maps new canyon
Wild Antarctic weather enabled acousticians on board icebreaker RSV Nuyina to map a dramatic new underwater canyon during a recent resupply visit to Casey research station.
Denman Glacier field campaign underway
Twenty-seven scientists are camped at Bunger Hills and small, nearby field camps this summer, examining the impact of climate change on the Denman Glacier and the region’s biodiversity.
Antarctic krill head south
Some populations of Antarctic krill are shifting south, closer to Antarctica, as ocean warming and sea-ice changes alter their habitat. Scientists fear the movement of krill will have a negative impact on predators like whales, seals and penguins, and alter broader ocean ecosystem functions.
Nella Dan meets Nuyina
Australia's and Denmark's shared maritime history was celebrated with the handing over of Danish memorabilia to RSV Nuyina, by a former deck hand on the MV Nella Dan. The Nella Dan was critical to Australia's Antarctic program for 26 years before it ran aground at Macquarie Island in 1987.
Living the dream
After growing up listening to his grandfather's stories of Antarctica, diesel mechanic Matt Travaglini is now living his dream as an expeditioner at Davis station