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To help facilitate compliance with legal requirements, visitors to HIMI are educated on how to avoid damaging the things that make HIMI special, and are reminded that such visits are a rare privilege that carry with them an important obligation to protect its environment.


The Australian Antarctic Data Centre (AADC) is the part of the Australian Antarctic Division responsible for storing, managing and providing access to data resulting from the Australian Antarctic program’s activities in the Antarctic and subantarctic.

This includes a vast amount of data on the Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) region, which ranges from maps and records of scientific publications to metadata (data about data!).

Much of this data is freely available to the public via the AADC website.

By clicking on the links below you can search the AADC's databases for data relating to the HIMI region.

If you wish to search the AADC databases manually, or for data relating to the Australian Antarctic program's activities in areas other than around HIMI, you can go to the AADC search page.


Place names in the Heard Island region, with descriptive information about their location and origin.

Map catalogue

Search for maps from the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) map catalogue.

GIS downloads

Heard Island and McDonald Islands spatial data for use in a geographical information system (GIS) and the Heard Island bathymetry and boundaries spatial data.

State of environment indicators

Environmental indicators used to monitor and report on the state of the environment in the Heard Island region, as part of the Australian Antarctic Division's System for Indicator Management and Reporting (SIMR).

Antarctic program publications

List of Australian Antarctic publications and published articles relating to the Heard Island region from the Australian Antarctic program publications database.

Heard Island bibliography

Search an extensive list of Heard Island references for a particular term or author.

AAS projects

Public summaries of all current and previous Australian Antarctic Science (AAS) projects in the Heard Island region. Use the Current and previous projects page for additional searches.

Antarctic events

Details of events that have occurred in the Heard Island region.

Antarctic artefacts

Details of artefacts recorded at Heard Island.


Satellite imagery

List of satellite images from the satellite image catalogue.

Additional resources

See the full list of scientific databases for additional resources.

General search for Data Centre items containing the word Heard.

This page was last updated on 28 February 2005.