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Media Release
The Hon. Dr Sharman Stone MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray

6 August 2004

From Amery to zoology - Antarctic science gets funding boost


Understanding how ice, ocean, atmosphere and climate interact with the Antarctic environment will help give a clearer picture of how future issues, such as climate change, may impact on the Antarctic ecosystem.

Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary responsible for the Antarctic today announced Australian Government funding of more than $760,000 for research projects for the 2004-05 Antarctic season.

Dr Stone said that more than 50 projects involving researchers from Australian universities and other institutions were made possible through the Australian Antarctic Science (AAS) grants scheme1 .

"The grants scheme illustrates the Australian Government's commitment to Antarctic research and recognition of the importance in understanding how the processes that take place in Antarctica can provide valuable information for the rest of the world," Dr Stone said.

"Australia plays a leading role in Antarctic and Southern Ocean research into climate and ecosystems and is a major contributor to the development of policy on sustainable fisheries and animal conservation in the region."

Projects receiving support this year include:

For more information on the list of projects, visit www.aad.gov.au/default.asp?casid=15107

Applications are now open for the 2005/06 summer season. Applications close on 31 August 2004. For more information visit www.aad.gov.au.

1The AAS grants scheme was established in 1986 to assist researchers at agencies such as universities and museums to undertake research of high scientific merit to make a significant contribution to Australia's Antarctic Science program.

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