News & information on Antarctica & the Southern Ocean


NASA’s Operation IceBridge completes one of its most successful Antarctic deployments to date

NASA’s Operation IceBridge is about to finish its eighth consecutive Antarctic deployment, and it’s looking like the 2016 season will be its most successful to date.… Read more »

ROSETTA program returns to Antarctica for second season surveying the Ross Ice Shelf

The ROSETTA-Ice research program has returned to Antarctica for a second field season of aerial- and ocean-based surveys of the Ross Ice Shelf, and the workload is even higher this year.… Read more »

Russia comes to the party as CCAMLR reaches agreement on Marine Protected Area for Ross Sea

After years of negotiations, the Commission for the Conservation of Marine Living Resources has reached a consensus on a landmark Marine Protection Area proposed for Antarctica's Southern Ocean… Read more »

Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources to discuss marine protection of Ross Sea

Next week, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) will be holding discussions at its annual meeting in Hobart that could determine the future of the Ross Sea… Read more »

Elephant seals become Antarctic researchers

Elephant seals show water from Antarctica’s melting ice shelves slows processes responsible for forming deep-water currents… Read more »

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Open Science Conference 2016 kicks off in Kuala Lumpur

The SCAR Open Science Conference 2016 kicked off in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, with delegates and participants arriving at the biennial event to discuss a wide range of Antarctic issues.… Read more »

ICECAP researchers use long-range drones to study East Antarctic Ice Sheet

A team of researchers with ICECAP has been using long-range drones to monitor more efficiently changes to the East Antarctic Ice Sheet… Read more »

Decommissioned GOES-3 satellite - end of an era for South Pole communications

It’s the end of an era for Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station communications, with an aging satellite that provided critical internet connectivity to the remote station decommissioned late last month.… Read more »

Historic mid-winter South Pole medical evacuation in Twin Otter aircraft

One of the major perils of working on the remote continent of Antarctica is that, in a serious emergency, help is a very, very long way away… Read more »

USCGC Polar Star: the US Coastguard’s heavy icebreaker

The 122-metre, 13,000 ton "heavy" icebreaker Polar Star is one of the largest ships in the US Coast Guard, and one of the world's most powerful non-nuclear ships… Read more »