Ship sets sail for sum­mer

Shepparton News - - NEWS -

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.

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