Australia’s 2013–14 Antarctic season was one of considerable challenge and outstanding achievement.

The season’s major project, ice core drilling at Aurora Basin North, was highly successful, with scientists drilling about two tonnes of ice core sections spanning a 2000 year climate history.

Thick sea ice at the beginning and end of the season caused shipping delays and issues with resupplying Mawson station.

Australia’s icebreaker, Aurora Australis, was involved in the rescue of passengers on the stricken Russian vessel Akademik Shokalskiy.

Also this season, the Federal Government announced it would fund the acquisition of a new Australian icebreaker which is expected to be ready for operation in 2019.

Australian Antarctic Division Senior Policy Adviser, Ewan McIvor, was elected Chair of the Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP), the international advisory body responsible for protecting the fragile Antarctic environment.

2014 also marked the end of Australasian Antarctic expedition celebrations.