Photo: Frederique Olivier
 

Project Themes

Your Donation will support research under the following themes:

 
Photo: Frederique Olivier

Photo: Frederique Olivier

ECOSYSTEMS

Antarctica is home to some of the most scientifically interesting and spectacular wildlife on Earth. From the blue whale, the largest animal to ever live on our planet, through to the microscopic species that build the foundations of Antarctica’s unique ecosystems, we need to better understand what makes this place tick. We fund research on species and places that need protection; how climate change will impact Antarctic wildlife; and how human activity is influencing species and their management.

 
Photo: Tas Van Ommen/Australian Antarctic Division

Photo: Tas Van Ommen/Australian Antarctic Division

CLIMATE AND IMPACT

Antarctica is the engine room of the global climate system. It carries 60% of the world’s freshwater. This ice also holds the secrets of the planet’s past climate in bubbles of air trapped deep beneath the surface. The Southern Ocean’s cold, deep, salty bottom water drives a global ocean conveyor belt. Without this, our oceans and our climate will not be the same. We fund important research on the role of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean in the global climate system and how it is changing. It will help scientists unlock Earth’s past climate through drilling and analysing deep ice cores, and allow us to predict future sea level rise.

 
Photo: Ben Galton-Fenzi/Australian Antarctic Division

Photo: Ben Galton-Fenzi/Australian Antarctic Division

POLAR TECHNOLOGY

The technology needed for scientific research in the Antarctic has to withstand the harsh polar climate and long periods without maintenance or human intervention. Often it needs to be designed and built from scratch. We fund innovative technology to unlock the secrets of the Antarctic - from recording the beautiful and awesome songs of whales, through discovering creatures many kilometres below the ocean waves, to drilling the oldest ice on earth.

 
Photo: Frederique Olivier

Photo: Frederique Olivier

FRONTIER SCIENCE

What don’t we know? The Antarctic Science Foundation’s support for frontier science will help new and emerging areas of high-quality research. This research might be from any area of science but will be aimed at discovering new and important information about Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. We fund courageous science and scientists.

Photo: Jessica Melbourne-Thomas/Australian Antarctic Division

Photo: Jessica Melbourne-Thomas/Australian Antarctic Division

EDUCATION

Antarctica tells us about our world.  We fund activities which promote public understanding about Antarctic, subantarctic and Southern Ocean science and scientists, to inform the broader community about this great wilderness and its impact on our planet for future generations.