Ship sets sail for summer
Hobart: Icebreaker Aurora Australis’ first Antarctic trip of the summer will carry scientists who will study mysterious super-cooled clouds in a bid to better predict global weather.
About $14 million worth of high-tech weather monitoring equipment has been fitted to the ship for the joint Australia-US six-month research project.
‘‘Clouds are one of the biggest uncertainties in the earth’s climate system,’’ Australian Antarctic Division atmospheric scientist Simon Alexander said.
‘‘And one of the biggest places where they’re most uncertain is in the Southern Ocean.’’
Boats, aircraft and satellites will gather information on super-cooled cloud formations, which remain liquid even when the temperature drops below zero.
This data will be used to create better weather and climate models for southern latitudes and around the world.