March 2024 | News from the Australian Antarctic Program

Engineering Services Supervisor, Martin Kucera, took this photo of RSV Nuyina during a visit to Davis in March, on its way to resupply Mawson research station.

Avian influenza in Antarctica

Monitoring bird and seal colonies in Antarctica has taken on a new urgency with the detection of the highly pathogenic avian influenza on the continent for the first time. 


Nuyina joins Southern Ocean plankton survey

RSV Nuyina has made its first contribution to a decades-long, multinational science program, surveying the tiny marine plants and animals of the Southern Ocean using a Continuous Plankton Recorder.

Antarctic sea ice in crisis

For the third year in a row Antarctic sea-ice extent has dropped below the summer average of 2-4 million sq km. Could we be seeing a new era of diminished sea-ice cover, and what does it mean for global climate, Antarctic ecosystems and humans? 

Denman Glacier campaign wraps up

The Denman Terrestrial Campaign, at a remote field site in East Antarctica, is being described as a landmark project, providing insights into ice-shelf behaviour for decades to come. We spoke to a few of the people who made it happen.


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