The Totten Glacier with blue sky and ocean.

A new study reveals that projected changes in the tropical Pacific can influence the Southern Ocean: specifically, an increasingly stronger El Niño may accelerate the melting of Antarctica's ice shelves and ice sheets.

Antarctica's Totten Glacier

A new report into polar regions, mountains, oceans and coasts shows the impacts of climate change on these sensitive areas are worse than previously thought, with implications for Australia.

Steve Rintoul

Dr Steve Rintoul is embarking on his 13th voyage to the Antarctic. On board the RV Investigator and armed with new deep water robots, he and his team will be probing the remaining unknowns of the Southern Ocean's role in our climate system.

Person in yellow standing in snow

Warmer temperatures mean more ice-free areas and increasing terrestrial habitat in Antarctica, but that’s not necessarily good news for Antarctic natives.

ice berg

Before the RV Investigator came along, the atmosphere of the Southern Ocean had been measured only a handful of times. With regular monitoring, this pristine and critical environment may now reveal the real role of atmospheric aerosols in global warming.

Totten Glacier viewed from ship with ice floes in foreground

To obtain good scientific data about the Antarctic ice sheet and the impact of warming waters you need a ship that can stand those remote, wild and unforgiving waters.

dinghy leaving main boat with snow/ice background

Three of our top scientists are on board the MV Ushuaia in Antarctica as part of an innovative leadership program for women in science.

An icy landscape mirrored in the water

Over the next decade, The Homeward Bound project will give 1000 female scientists the tools to become influential, global decision makers of the future. Its debut voyage will depart later this year, with four CSIRO scientists on board.