Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) | Curtin’s Remote Sensing & Satellite Research Group

Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE)

"Phytoplankton abundance and composition in the Southern Ocean: Bio-optical research during the recent Antarctic Circumpolar Expedition (ACE)."

From December 2016 to March 2017, members of RSSRG circumnavigated Antarctica onboard the Russian research vessel Akademik Treshnikov. The Antarctic Circumpolar Expedition (ACE) was the first scientific expedition carried out under the auspices of the Swiss Polar Institute, supported by funding from the ACE Foundation and Ferring Pharmaceuticals.

During the expedition, the bio-optics team, led by David Antoine (RSSRG) and Sandy Thomalla (CSIR), collected a dataset of radiometric, optical and biogeochemical variables of unprecedented size and consistency for the Southern Ocean. The unique data set in combination with historical and other contemporaneous data will allow RSSRG members and collaborators to describe regionally-specific bio-optical relationships, and to identify the origin of the biases in current satellite OCR observations. The data collected during the ACE expedition will allow the development of new algorithms for robust studies of seasonal to decadal changes of phytoplankton abundance and species composition in the SO using satellite observations.

ACE travel map, from Cape Town to Hobart to Punta Arenas and back to Cape Town

Videos of the 3 legs:




Project partners:

Project supervision:

   David Antoine, RSSRG, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
   Sandy Thomalla, CSIR, Cape Town, South Africa

Expedition participants:

   All 3 legs:
   Nina Schuback, RSSRG, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
   William Moutier UCT, CSIR, Cape Town, South Africa
   David Berliner UCT, CSIR, Cape Town, South Africa
   Leg1: Hazel Little UCT, CSIR, Cape Town, South Africa
   Leg1: Thomas Ryan-Keogh UCT, CSIR, Cape Town, South Africa
   Leg2: Alexandra Oliver Biospherical Instruments, San Diego, USA
   Leg3: Charlotte Robinson, RSSRG, Curtin University, Perth, Australia


   Nicolas Metzl, LOCEAN, France
   Yannick Huot, Sherbrooke University, Canada
   Stanford Hooker, NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, USA
   John Morrow, Biospherical Instruments, USA
   Peter Strutton, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia
   Nick Hardman-Mountford, CSIRO, Perth, Australia
   Emmanuel Boss, University of Maine, Orono, USA
   Séverine Alvain CNRS-LOG, France
   Julia Uitz, CNRS-LOV, France
   Joséphine Ras, CNRS-LOV, France

A few links related to ACE in general:

… and to our participation more specifically:

Data and analyses:

      To come later

Remote Sensing and Satellite Research Group, Curtin University, Bentley, WA 6102
[Designed with Karelia SandVox® and the Apex design from blueball design ®] © RSSRG 2017-2021 Site map here