Browse Entries

Biographical entry Allison, Ian Frederick


Climate scientist and Glaciologist


Ian Allison is an internationally recognised glaciologist and climate scientist, who has greatly advanced our understanding of the role of Antarctica and sea ice in climate variations. His pioneering studies of Antarctic sea ice documented for the first time the seasonal variation in growth, redistribution, and decay of sea ice through its interactions with the atmosphere and underlying water column. In a 42-year career with the Australian Antarctic Survey, Allison led or participated in 25 expeditions to Antarctica and played a major role in international polar research. He was a lead author of Assessment Reports produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Allison Glacier on Heard Island is named in his honour.



? - 2010
Career position - Senior Principal Research Scientist and Leader, Ocean, Atmosphere and Climate Program, Australian Antarctic Survey
Education - MSc, University of Melbourne
Education - PhD, University of Melbourne
Award - Antarctic Medal
2007 - 2008
Career position - Co-Chair, International Council for Science/World Meteorological Organisation Joint Committee for the International Polar Year
Award - DSc (honoris causa), University of Tasmania
2010 -
Career position - Adjunct Professor University of Tasmania & Research Associate, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the environment as a glaciologist, to furthering international understanding of the science of the Antarctic region, and to climate research
2016 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
2016 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Anon, 'AMOS Fellows elected to the Academy [Neville Nicholls and Ian Allison]', BAMOS: bulletin of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 29 (2) (2016), 29-30. Details

See also

Helen Cohn