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Researcher: Fraser, AD (Dr Alex Fraser)

Fields of Research

Glaciology
Physical oceanography
Geophysics
Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Other earth sciences
Climate change processes
Photogrammetry and remote sensing
Biological oceanography
Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Atmospheric sciences
Behavioural ecology
Marine geoscience
Wildlife and habitat management
Animal behaviour
Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment
Global change biology
Natural resource management
Climatology
Other environmental sciences
Earth system sciences
Aerospace engineering

Research Objectives

Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts)
Climate variability (excl. social impacts)
Antarctic and Southern Ocean oceanic processes
Biodiversity in Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
Social impacts of climate change and variability
Antarctic and Southern Ocean ice dynamics
Ecosystem adaptation to climate change
Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
Measurement and assessment of marine water quality and condition
Natural hazards
Marine biodiversity
Measurement and assessment of estuarine water quality
Weather
Communication across languages and culture
Climate change models
Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences

Career Best Publications

Change and variability in East Antarctic sea ice seasonality, 1979/80–2009/10; PLoS One
East Antarctic landfast sea ice distribution and variability, 2000-08; Journal of Climate
Generation of high-resolution East Antarctic landfast sea-ice maps from cloud-free MODIS satellite composite imagery; Remote Sensing of Environment
Glacier tongue calving reduced dense water formation and enhanced carbon uptake; Geophysical Research Letters
High-resolution mapping of circum-Antarctic landfast sea ice distribution, 2000-2018; Earth System Science Data
Landfast ice controls on sea-ice production in the Cape Darnley Polynya: a case study; Remote Sensing of Environment
Potential regime shift in decreased sea ice production after the Mertz Glacier calving; Nature Communications
Sea ice production variability in Antarctic coastal polynyas; Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
The suppression of Antarctic bottom water formation by melting ice shelves in Prydz Bay; Nature Communications

Research Publications

18 year record of circum-Antarctic landfast sea ice distribution allows detailed baseline characterisation, reveals trends and variability; Cryosphere Discussions
4. Environmental setting; Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean
Salpa thompsoni in the Indian Sector of the Southern Ocean: environmental drivers and life history parameters; Deep-Sea Research Part II
A GIS approach to estimating interannual variability of sea ice concentration in the Dumont d'Urville Sea near Terre Adelie from 2003 to 2009; Polar Science
A glaciochemical study of 120 m ice core from Mill Island, East Antarctica; Climate of the Past
A method for compositing MODIS satellite images to remove cloud cover; 2009 IEEE International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium
A Method for Compositing Polar MODIS Satellite Images to Remove Cloud Cover for Landfast Sea-Ice Detection; I E E E Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
An assessment of numerical weather prediction–derived low-cloud-base height forecasts; Weather and Forecasting
Antarctic slush-ice algal accumulation not quantified through conventional satellite imagery: beware the ice of March; The Cryosphere Discussions
Automation of Antarctic landfast sea-ice retrieval from MODIS imagery; International Symposium on Sea Ice in a Changing Environment
Bathymetric control of warm ocean water access along the East Antarctic Margin; Geophysical Research Letters
Change and variability in East Antarctic sea ice seasonality, 1979/80–2009/10; PLoS One
Coastal complexity of the Antarctic continent; Earth System Science Data
Coastal polynyas: winter oases for subadult southern elephant seals in East Antarctica; Scientific Reports
Comparing satellite and helicopter-based methods for observing crevasses, application in East Antarctica; Cold Regions Science and Technology
Comparison of Microwave Backscatter Anisotropy Parameterizations of the Antarctic Ice Sheet; XXII ISPRS Congress
Comparison of microwave backscatter anisotropy parameterizations of the Antarctic Ice Sheet using ASCAT; IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Drivers of ASCAT C band backscatter variability in the dry snow zone of Antarctica; Journal of Glaciology
Drones in a cold climate; Eos
Dynamic fine-scale sea icescape shapes adult emperor penguin foraging habitat in East Antarctica; Geophysical Research Letters
East Antarctic Landfast Sea Ice Distribution and Variability
East Antarctic landfast sea ice distribution and variability, 2000-08; Journal of Climate
El Niño Southern Oscillation signal in a new East Antarctic ice core, Mount Brown South; Climate of the Past Discussions
Environmental drivers of benthic communities and habitat heterogeneity on an East Antarctic shelf; Antarctic Science
Examining the interaction between multi-year landfast sea ice and the Mertz Glacier Tongue, East Antarctica: Another factor in ice sheet stability?; Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans
Exploring the Relationships of Sea Ice Proxies in East Antarctica; SCAR 2020 Antarctic Science - Global Connections Conference
Formation processes of sea ice floe size distribution in the interior pack and its relationship to the marginal ice zone off East Antarctica; Deep-Sea Research Part II
Generation of high-resolution East Antarctic landfast sea-ice maps from cloud-free MODIS satellite composite imagery; Remote Sensing of Environment
Glacier tongue calving reduced dense water formation and enhanced carbon uptake; Geophysical Research Letters
Helicopter-borne observations with portable microwave radiometer in the Southern Ocean and the Sea of Okhotsk; Annals of Glaciology
High- resolution East Antarctic landfast sea-ice extent and variability from 2000 to 2008; International Glaciological Society symposium Sea Ice in the Physical and Biogeochemical System 2010
High-resolution mapping of circum-Antarctic landfast sea ice distribution, 2000-2018; Earth System Science Data
Landfast ice controls on sea-ice production in the Cape Darnley Polynya: a case study; Remote Sensing of Environment
Long-term trends in the population size and breeding success of emperor penguins at the Taylor Glacier colony, Antarctica; Polar Biology
Modeling intensive ocean-cryosphere interactions in Lützow-Holm Bay, East Antarctica; Cryosphere
Modeling ocean-cryosphere interactions off Adélie and George V Land, East Antarctica; Journal of Climate
Multi-year/multi-decade ice about Mertz Glacier, East Antarctica, and its temporal evolution; International Symposium on Sea Ice in a Changing Environment
On the extraordinary snow on the sea ice off East Antarctica in late winter, 2012; Deep-Sea Research. Part II
Physical and biological properties of early winter Antarctic sea ice in the Ross Sea; Annals of Glaciology
Polar maps of C-band backscatter parameters from the Advanced Scatterometer; Earth System Science Data Discussions
Position analysis: Antarctic sea ice and climate change 2014
Position analysis: the Antarctic ice sheet and sea level
Potential regime shift in decreased sea ice production after the Mertz Glacier calving; Nature Communications
Properties of snow overlying the sea ice off East Antarctica in late winter, 2007; Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Regional changes in icescape impact shelf circulation and basal melting; Geophysical Research Letters
Satellite remote sensing of Antarctic sea-ice roughness using scatterometer data; International Symposium on Sea Ice in a Changing Environment
Sea ice production variability in Antarctic coastal polynyas; Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Seasonal and interannual variability of landfast sea ice in Atka Bay, Weddell Sea, Antarctica; Cryosphere
The influence of coastal polynyas on the basal melting of ice shelves; EGU General Assembly 2010
The role of snow in the thickening processes of lake ice at Lake Abashiri, Hokkaido, Japan; Tellus. Series A: Dynamic Meteorology and Oceanography
The Southern Annular Mode (SAM) influences phytoplankton communities in the seasonal ice zone of the Southern Ocean; Biogeosciences
The suppression of Antarctic bottom water formation by melting ice shelves in Prydz Bay; Nature Communications
Thick- ness and extent of multi-year/multi-decadal fast ice east of Mertz Glacier, East Antarctica; International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly - Earth on the Edge: Science for a Sustainable Planet
Under the sea ice: exploring the relationship between sea ice and the foraging behaviour of southern elephant seals in East Antarctica; Progress in Oceanography
Variability in sea ice cover and climate elicit sex specific responses in an Antarctic predator; Scientific Reports

Research Projects

2012: International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Congress, Melbourne; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Advancing Antarctic science with a new High Altitude Platform capability; Australian Research Council (ARC)
An integrated study of Antarctic land-fast sea ice physical and biological processes; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Mapping of Antartic landfast sea ice and polynya sea ice production: Linkages, variability and implications; Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Showcasing Australian Expertise in Sea Ice Research and Training; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Totten Glacier, East Antarctic: Dynamics and Evolution; German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luftund Raumfahrt - DLR) (DLR)
Travel to Hokkaido University's Institute of Low Temperature Science to investigate the linkages between the 'icescape' of the Cape Darnley region and Cape Darnley Polynya sea ice production; Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Analysis of Antarctic Coastal Fast Ice

Research Candidate Supervision

Glaciochemical Study of Mill Island Ice Core Records