Mount Brown Antarctica climate record – University of Copenhagen

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An Antarctic climate record from Mount Brown, East Antarctica

Centre for Ice and Climate has been invited to partner with the Australian Antarctic Division, to produce a new 2000-year detailed climate record from a never-before-studied location in coastal East Antarctica. The Mt Brown South climate record will demonstrate how climate is changing in the Indian Ocean basin as well as constraining the impact of anthropogenic climate change across Antarctica and this poorly understood region of the Southern Hemisphere.

Along the 8000 km coastline of East Antarctica only one such record is available, from Law Dome (Longitude 112°E, south of Australia). To improve the geographical coverage of Antarctic climate records, a comprehensive climate record from Mt Brown in coastal East Antarctica (85°E) will be produced using both ice core and borehole analysis. Key parameters to be reconstructed include past temperature, snow accumulation, snow/moisture source and sea ice variability.

The chief investigator of the Mount Brown South project is Dr Tessa Vance (Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC)). Dr Paul Vallelonga (University of Copenhagen) is the leader of the Danish contribution to the project funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.

Fieldwork schedule


September Shipping drill equipment from Copenhagen Denmark to 

Hobart Australia

October 29

from Hobart on the Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis

November 13

Arrival at Davis station, East Antarctica

Late November

Deployment of the science team to Mt Brown South


Drilling 300 m ice core and shallow snow cores, temperature logging, surface snow sampling.



Completion of drilling, packing down camp and return to Davis station.


Return to Hobart via Casey station and Wilkins aerodrome


The Mount Brown South field team

Tessa Vance, Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative
Research Centre (ACE CRC), Chief Investigator


Sharon LaBudda, Australian Antarctic Division, Field leader
Pete “Bloo” Campbell, Australian Antarctic Division, Mechanic
Nerilie Abram, Australian National University, Ice core logger  


Alison Criscitiello, University of Alberta, Ice core driller


Jason Roberts, Australian Antarctic Division, Ice core driller


Paul Vallelonga, University of Copenhagen, Ice core driller



The Mt Brown South ice core drilling will use the Danish Hans Tausen ( intermediate drill system which has been successfully used in previous drilling projects at Renland ice cap ( in Greenland and Aurora Basin ( in Antarctica.