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British Antarctic Survey

9 hours ago

BBC start interviews of BBC weather forecaster Peter Gibbs on the RRS Ernest Shackleton as we depart Cape Town, South Africa.

It’s warm and balmy here, but not for long as we head for Halley Research Station. See MoreSee Less[1]

British Antarctic Survey

2 days ago

BBC forecaster Peter Gibbs, who’s travelling on the RRS Ernest Shackleton to Halley, gives BBC News Channel viewers a brief tour of the ship.

Follow his reports here and on bbcweather.com. And follow #icestation if you’re on Twitter for daily updates

Documentaries for BBC radio and TV to follow late Spring… See MoreSee Less[2]

Touring the ship sailing to Antarctica[3]

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Peter Gibbs gives us a tour of the Ernest Shackleton ship, which will soon be departing for Antarctica.

British Antarctic Survey

2 days ago

Amazing communications technology means we’re lucky enough to receive updates direct from the deep field. Tom Jordan is living and working near Antarctica’s south pole, and here’s an extract from his latest blog…

One week on from departing Rothera into the field and the first leg of the PolarGAP survey at FD83 is almost over, I get to sit back, relax a bit and write this blog. The transit from Rothera to the remote FD83 field camp went remarkably smoothly. My first night in the field was spent at a place called Sky Blu. This is one of BAS s main field fuel depots, which is manned all summer long providing a refuelling point, tea stop and occasional overnight accommodation for scientists travelling further south from Rothera. The survey aircraft, and accompanying utility aircraft, arrived in bright blue sky and sunshine, but by the next morning low cloud covered the entire camp with the Twin Otters barely visible just 500m away. Over the next three hours of anxious waiting glimpses of the mountains around the camp began to appear, until finally visibility was good enough and we could depart. From Sky Blu it was a four hour flight eastward across the Ronnie/Filchner Ice Shelf to a remote hot water drilling camp called Tango . Here scientists are using hot water to bore through the floating ice shelf to investigate the normally inaccessible ocean below, and the sediments beneath. The measurements they are making will help predict if and how warm ocean water could move beneath the ice shelf. The mobile drilling camp also provided the ideal place to refuel before the final leg into FD83. In-fact, it provided such an ideal place to refuel that all four BAS Twin Otters were on the ground away from Rothera at the same time, an extremely rare occurrence. Read Tom’s full blog at: www.bas.ac.uk/blogpost/antarctic-blog-science-from-the-air-3/ See MoreSee Less[5][4]

ANTARCTIC BLOG: Science from the air #3 – Blog post – British Antarctic Survey[6]

bas.ac.uk

One week on from departing Rothera into the field and the first leg of the PolarGAP survey at FD83 is almost over, I get to sit back, relax a bit and write this blog. The transit from Rothera to the …

British Antarctic Survey

2 days ago

FARMER SWAPS ARABLE FOR ANTARCTICA

Assistant farm manager Michael Neaverson has temporarily swapped his role in Yorkshire for one in Antarctica.

The 24-year-old, who works at Farmcare s Goole Estate, is spending three months as a machinery operator for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) helping to unload supplies at its Halley Research Station on the Brunt Ice Shelf. Predominately a base for scientific research, it requires a large and diverse support team and houses about 13 people year-round, increasing to about 50 in the southern summer . Find out more about Michael in his Q&A interview with Farmers Weekly here: bit.ly/1nn9ipO[7]

And if you think you might have what it takes to work in Antarctica, check out this long list of vacancies currently advertised on our website! bit.ly/1OR67MU See MoreSee Less[8]

Farmer swaps arable for Antarctica – Farmers Weekly[9]

fwi.co.uk

Assistant farm manager Michael Neaverson has temporarily swapped his role in Yorkshire for one in Antarctica. The 24-year-old, who works at Farmcare s Gool

British Antarctic Survey

3 days ago

EXTREME RESEARCH SHOWS HOW ARCTIC ICE IS DWINDLING

Stunning article and photography from National Geographic about the Norwegian ship (RV Lance) frozen in to Arctic sea ice over winter.

BAS’s Markus Frey lived and worked aboard the ship as part of his ABSCISSA project to study the source of sea-salt aerosols in the Polar Regions – you can read his fascinating blogs he sent from the ship here: bit.ly/201QPgz

bit.ly/1OQOX6E See MoreSee Less[10]

Extreme Research Shows How Arctic Ice Is Dwindling[11]

ngm.nationalgeographic.com

What happens when the planet loses some of its ability to cool itself?

References

  1. ^ See MoreSee Less (www.bas.ac.uk)
  2. ^ See MoreSee Less (www.bas.ac.uk)
  3. ^ Touring the ship sailing to Antarctica (www.bbc.co.uk)
  4. ^ www.bas.ac.uk/blogpost/antarctic-blog-science-from-the-air-3/ (www.bas.ac.uk)
  5. ^ See MoreSee Less (www.bas.ac.uk)
  6. ^ ANTARCTIC BLOG: Science from the air #3 – Blog post – British Antarctic Survey (www.bas.ac.uk)
  7. ^ bit.ly/1nn9ipO (bit.ly)
  8. ^ See MoreSee Less (www.bas.ac.uk)
  9. ^ Farmer swaps arable for Antarctica – Farmers Weekly (bit.ly)
  10. ^ See MoreSee Less (www.bas.ac.uk)
  11. ^ Extreme Research Shows How Arctic Ice Is Dwindling (bit.ly)