Australian Antarctic Program Partnership

The Australian Antarctic Program Partnership (AAPP) is an Australian Government funded initiative through the Antarctic Science Collaboration Initiative program to better understand the role of the Antarctic region in the global climate system and the implications for marine ecosystems.

The core mission of the AAPP is to:

  • Support research that aims to understand the role of the Antarctic region in the global climate system and the implications on marine ecosystems;
  • Enable the AAPP to undertake collaborative science, research and innovation activities under the Australian Antarctic Science Strategic Plan and Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan; and
  • Secure Antarctic science jobs in Hobart.

Core partners of the AAPP are the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), CSIRO, the University of Tasmania (UTAS), and the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM). Other partners include Geoscience Australia (GA), the Tasmanian State Government and Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS). The AAPP will work closely with Antarctic scientists based at other research agencies and universities in Australia, and continue to enhance and expand collaboration with international research agencies.

The AAPP research program is organised into three inter-dependent themes:

  • Theme 1. Antarctica’s Influence on Climate and Sea Level;
  • Theme 2. Nature and Impacts of Southern Ocean Change; and
  • Theme 3. Future of Antarctic Sea Ice, Krill and Ecosystems.

Funding of $50 million over ten years for the AAPP is provided by the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, through the Antarctic Science Collaboration Initiative program.

Department of Environment and EnergyBureau of MeteorologyCSIROUTAS

Authorised by the Executive Director, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
August 20, 2019