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CSIRO RV Investigator to study underwater volcanoes in Southern Ocean

A CSIRO Marine National Facility research vessel has departed from Fremantle in Western Australia and headed to the remote subantarctic islands to research the link between active volcanoes on the seafloor and the mobilisation of iron which enriches and supports life in the Southern Ocean.… Read more »

Royal Mail celebrates Ernest Shackleton's Endurance expedition

In collaboration with the Royal Geographical Society and the Scott Polar Research Institute, the Royal Mail in the UK has launched a set of special stamps to mark 100 years since the remarkable story of survival of Ernest Shackleton and the crew of the Endurance. Shackleton’s heroism and resourcefulness have made him one of the most celebrated sailors and leaders of all time.… Read more »

Flying lab to study how the Southern Ocean absorbs carbon

A team of scientists supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will be taking off in a specially-modified Gulfstream V jet this month as they survey remote parts of the Southern Ocean.… Read more »

Prof Rob DeConto explains how polar ice sheet movements can help to predict future sea level rise [video]

Rob DeConto, Professor of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, explains his research on ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland, and how these can predict future sea level rise.… Read more »

Pine Island Glacier, West Antarctica - the canary in the mine for climate change? [Video]

The Pine Island Glacier, one of the major glaciers draining the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, is rapidly thinning and, at 3mm per decade, is currently the single biggest contributor to sea level rise. The head of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Professor Jane Francis, discusses the iSTAR programme undertaken by BAS which seeks to gain a better understanding of the complexities of this relatively fast moving and thinning glacier, as well as the overall stability of the entire Ice Sheet.… Read more »

Prof Tim Naish of the Antarctic Research Centre explains how Antarctica's history is relevant in predicting future sea levels [Video]

Prof Tim Naish, Director of the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington, explains how the geological record in Antarctica is relevant in predicting future sea-levels.… Read more »

Dr Steve Rintoul on thermal expansion and melting Antarctic ice shelves [video]

Dr Steve Rintoul of the CSIRO explains the part ocean thermal expansion has to play in rising sea levels, the interaction between oceans and ice shelves, and how Antarctic Bottom Water is warming.… Read more »

Type-C Killer whales commute long distances from Antarctica to temperate zones

A team led by Regina Eisert of Gateway Antarctica at New Zealand's Canterbury University, has found that Type-C Killer Whales travel great distances from the Ross Sea to waters north of New Zealand.… Read more »

Prof Jonathan Bamber on changing Antarctic Ice Sheets and rising global sea levels [video]

Five of the world's leading scientists on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean present the latest findings on the changing Antarctic Ice Sheets and the impact on global sea levels.… Read more »

100 Years since Shackleton’s Epic Journey

This year marks the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s epic expedition to traverse Antarctica in 1915. He had previously failed to reach the South Pole with Robert Scott on the Discovery expedition in 1902-03, and subsequently on the Nimrod expedition in 1907-09 without Scott. This journey would also fail to achieve its goal but would prove to be one of the Antarctic’s greatest stories of survival.… Read more »