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Showcasing Australian expertise in sea ice research and training

Sector: Scientific Innovation

Country location: Australia, Japan

Grantee: Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre

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An Australian student holding a sea ice core at the 2016 Lake Saroma Sea Ice Field Course. Credit: Alexander Fraser

Project description

Despite having a similar latitude to Tasmania, many people are surprised to learn that the north coast of the northern Japanese island, Hokkaido, is graced by the presence of wintertime sea ice! Sea ice forms off the coast of Russia, then currents in the Sea of Okhotsk bring the ice to the Hokkaido coast.

Every two years, Hokkaido University (Hokudai) runs a training course covering sea ice field techniques at Lake Saroma, northern Hokkaido. Lake Saroma is an ideal place for such a field course: it is easily accessible and inexpensive (compared with travelling to Antarctica!), and the course is extremely well-supported by Hokudai.

Thanks to the support of the Australia-Japan Foundation, two staff and three PhD students from the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) will attend the 2018 field course. In addition to training of both Australian and Japanese students at the course, furthering Australia's scientific research/training reputation by whilst exposing Australian and Japanese tertiary students to valuable fieldwork experience, ACE CRC participants will lead a targeted outreach campaign throughout regional areas of Hokkaido. This will include cultural exchanges at public events, as well as school visits, and local media coverage.

Key dates:

  • Presentation at Clarence City Council, Clarence, Tasmania, Australia, 14 April 2018 (TBC)
  • Presentation - second Super Science High School near Sapporo, Sapporo, Hokkaido, 13 March 2018
  • National Institute of Technology, Tomakomai College science presentation, Tomakomai, Hokkaido, 12 March 2018
  • Sapporo Nichidai high school presentation, Kitahiroshima, Hokkaido, 13 March 2018
  • Akkeshi City presentation, Hokkaido, 09 March 2018
  • Sea ice field course, Lake Saroma, Hokkaido, 02 to 09 March 2018

Social media: ACE CRC website, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies website, @acecrcscience, @IMASUTAS, ACE CRC YouTube channel

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $17,600.00 (GST inclusive)

Total project value: $27,277.88

Last Updated: 14 September 2017
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