The ACE CRC has seven highly integrated research projects aimed at understanding how the physical environment of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean is changing, why those changes are occurring, and what the impacts are for marine ecosystems.
THE SOUTHERN OCEAN IN A CHANGING CLIMATE
The ACE CRC’s Project R1.1 team is working to quantify how and why the Southern Ocean is changing, including the human contribution to these changes.
OCEAN FORCED EVOLUTION OF THE ANTARCTIC ICE SHEET
The ACE CRC’s Project R1.2 team is working to understand how the Antarctic ice sheet is responding to a warming ocean, to improve projections of future sea level.
SEA ICE PROCESSES AND CHANGE
The Project R1.3 team is working to understand of forces behind the seasonal growth and retreat of East Antarctic sea ice – a fundamental climate process responsible for driving global ocean circulation.
ANTARCTIC CLIMATE VARIABILITY OF THE PAST 2,000 YEARS
The ACE CRC’s R1.4 project team is constructing a detailed 2000-year climate record using ice cores extracted from the Australian Antarctic Territory.
CARBON UPTAKE AND CHEMICAL CHANGE
The goals of ACE CRC Project R2.1 are to measure the uptake of atmospheric carbon dioxide in the Southern Ocean and to quantify the physical, chemical, and biological processes that control this absorption, in order to improve predictions for future change.
BIOLOGICAL RESPONSES TO ENVIRONMENT CHANGE
The ACE CRC’s Project R2.2 investigates how Southern Ocean ecosystems are responding to the impacts of climate change.
STATUS AND TRENDS IN HABITATS, KEY SPECIES AND ECOSYSTEMS
The ACE CRC’s Project R2.3 is establishing robust models and assessment methods for evaluating the current and future status of Southern Ocean ecosystems, and to inform ecosystem monitoring and management.