Photo: Chrissie Trousselot / Antarctic Science Foundation

 

Our Projects

  Photo: Jessica Melbourne-Thomas/Australian Antarctic Division

Photo: Jessica Melbourne-Thomas/Australian Antarctic Division

Penguin Research - Target $415K

How are changes to the unique East Antarctic environment impacting on the everyday lives of penguins? 

The calving off of a huge part of the Mertz Glacier has resulted in an enormous iceberg becoming land locked in Commonwealth Bay blocking the Adelie penguins’ access to their food and breeding grounds.  Have they adapted to their new environment?

Download our brochure on penguin pursuits here.

Your contribution will help the Foundation to mount a science mission to Commonwealth Bay to monitor that penguin colony.

  Photo: Mike Double/Australian Antarctic Division

Photo: Mike Double/Australian Antarctic Division

Whales in the Southern Ocean – Target $100 K

Where are the whales?

Protect the endangered Blue Whales and understand how and where they feed on Antarctic krill and the fundamental role that this pivotal relationship plays in enhancing Southern Ocean productivity. 

Blue Whales are the largest animals to have ever existed on our planet and yet they are very hard to find in the vast Southern Ocean. 

Your donation will help the Foundation support tracking of these majestic creatures through acoustic technology and visual surveys.

 
  Photo: Tas Van Ommen/Australian Antarctic Division

Photo: Tas Van Ommen/Australian Antarctic Division

Totten Glacier – Target $120 k

The Totten is melting faster than most glaciers, why and what is the impact on global sea level rise?

The largest glacier in East Antarctica is the Totten.  It is twice the area of the State of Victoria and contains enough ice to raise global sea levels by about three metres if it all melted.  

Satellite images have shown that the Totten has been thinning faster than its neighbouring glaciers.  Recent observations reveal lakes underneath the ice. How will that impact the Totten Glacier’s behaviour. 

Your donation will support sensor technology and inform models on temperature and glacial movement and the impact on global sea level rise.

  Photo: Kerry Steinberner/Australian Antarctic Division

Photo: Kerry Steinberner/Australian Antarctic Division

Science in the Dark - TARGET $120 k

Winter in Antarctica holds a multitude of scientific mysteries, what is happening at the darkest, coldest time of year?

Most research in Antarctica is undertaken over summer when there is a lot of day light and transport in and out of is possible.  Winter in Antarctica brings new opportunities for the intrepid scientist.  The long dark nights provide excellent conditions to study the upper atmosphere and to study the frozen ocean above and below the ice.  The thicker ice enables inaccessible locations on the Antarctic coastline.

Your donation can enable a salary for specialist post-doctoral researcher to spend up to a year at one of Australia’s Antarctic Research stations, to learn more about what’s hiding in the dark.

 

 

Fund your Passion Project

If you are a philanthropist who has a passion for a particular area of Antarctic related science and are keen to fund exciting research in that area.  We’d love to hear from you. 

Suitably qualified scientists and research teams interested in working with the Foundation to raise funds for their Antarctic project are invited to send an expression of interest to the Antarctic Science Foundation Board’s Science Committee.