International Antarctic science gateway
Tasmania is an international centre of excellence for Antarctic science and policy.
The Tasmanian Government supports key international Antarctic research, notably the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and the Agreement for the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP).
Both organisations are headquartered in Hobart.
- CCAMLR manages fishing in the Southern Ocean and in particular has been actively engaged in the global effort to eliminate illegal and unregulated fishing there.
- ACAP aims to conserve albatrosses and petrels by coordinating international activity to mitigate known threats to these vulnerable species. Both organisations contribute to Tasmania’s global standing as a centre of Antarctic and Southern Ocean expertise, as well is its scientific standing.
Hobart is home to a significant concentration of scientists engaged in Antarctic and Southern Ocean research. The extent of scientific expertise gathered in one place and the level of private-state-research collaboration is unique.
The Australian Antarctic Division’s headquarters near Hobart houses Australia’s national Antarctic program research efforts. The University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australian Government’s (CSIRO) Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship are both situated in purpose-built facilities on the Hobart waterfront. Co-located with IMAS the globally significant Antarctic Climate and Ecosystem Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) is an important national asset as are the international project office for the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS), the national project office for the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) and the Australian Research Council funded Special Research Initiative for Antarctic Gateway Partnership (ARCSRI). Hobart is also home to the Bureau of Meteorology’s (BoM) Antarctic office.
These agencies employ more than 800 scientists and technical staff, making Hobart the world’s largest centre of cold climate expertise and research. These institutions also support the development of approximately 150 postgraduate students, who will become the next generation of Antarctic scientific researchers.