Hobart: World-class research hub

Antarctic Tasmania

Hobart: World-class research hub

Hobart’s Antarctic, Southern Ocean and marine science education and research community is internationally respected.  The 700-plus members of this community constitute the majority of Australia’s scientists who specialise in these fields.

The various organisations and institutions have developed close scientific networks, sharing resources and information.  These are complemented by the infrastructure and support they need to operate efficiently.

These teaching and research organisations include:

Australian Antarctic Division (AAD)
The AAD leads Australia’s Antarctic program.  It undertakes major Antarctic and Southern Ocean research projects and provides logistical support for Australia’s Antarctic and sub-Antarctic activities.

CSIRO Centre for Marine and Atmospheric Research (CMAR)
CMAR undertakes research into sustainable marine resources and industries, climate, weather and ocean prediction and integrated coastal and oceans management.  CMAR houses Australia’s leading regional climate change modelling research teams. 

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)
IMAS is an international centre of excellence in the study of marine, Antarctic and climate change research.  It focusses on aquaculture, fisheries management, biodiversity, ecosystem management and modelling, plankton research in the Southern Ocean and physical oceanography.  One of its main themes is climate change and its impacts. 

Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Co-operative Research Centre (ACE CRC)
The ACE CRC is at the forefront of Australia’s research into Antarctic and Southern Ocean processes and their role in regional and global climate and the dynamics of Antarctic marine ecosystems.  It is one of the world’s leading climate research centres.

Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS)
The IMOS program observes coastal and deep-ocean waters around Australia using the latest technology to provide data to support research on many critical marine issues.

Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM)
The Bureau of Meteorology has an Antarctic office in Hobart that provides specialised Antarctic forecasting services, comprehensive information on Antarctic climate data and weather forecasts, warnings and observations for the region.

International Antarctic Institute (IAI)
Is a global consortium of universities and agencies providing university-level education in Antarctic studies.  The institute facilitates student and faculty exchange programs, giving access to quality education and research programs around the world through any of its member organisations.