The Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre today welcomed the strengthening of scientific ties between Australia and China as a big step forward for Antarctic science.

The Chief Executive Officer of the ACE CRC, Professor Tony Worby, said strengthening Australia’s international scientific collaborations, including with China, was crucial in addressing important climate questions in the Antarctic.

“We welcome the strengthening of the long tradition of collaboration between Australian and Chinese scientists in Antarctica,” Professor Worby said.

“As Australia’s primary vehicle for understanding the role of Antarctica in the global climate system, we see this agreement a big step forward for science in the Antarctic.”

“The ACE CRC has existing research partnerships with the First Institute of Oceanography and the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, and we are excited about the new opportunities this agreement will bring.”

“There is already a long history of collaboration between the Chinese and Antarctic research programmes, particularly in the field of glaciology.”

“Australian scientists were instrumental in helping the Chinese establish their glaciology and traverse programmes in the 1980s, and those relationships remain strong.”

“We look forward to working more closely with the Chinese researchers to tackle urgent scientific questions regarding Antarctica’s role in the global climate.”
David Reilly, Public Affairs Manager, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC)