Field Work

Antarctic voyage: Are we there yet?

Guest Work Mar 13, 2013

Date: 12/03/2013 Location: 43.292704°S, 173.575944°E Weather: Sunny Sea state: Calm The last couple of days we have been making our way up the east coast of the South Island back to Wellington. While it hasn’t been blue skies and calm seas, we have had a good trip home, with no delays from wild weather. As we … Read More

Antarctic voyage: Student experience

Guest Work Mar 12, 2013

Written by Antoine Martin (PhD student from LOCEAN) Date: 11/03/2013 Location: 46.21046°S, 170.330154°E Weather: Cloudy Sea State: Calm, 1 m swell I am a first year PhD student in the LOCEAN (French oceanographic laboratory). I have been part of the RV Tangaroa Mertz Polynya Voyage 2013 science team because my research topic is oceanic circulation on … Read More

Antarctic voyage: Q and A

Guest Work Mar 11, 2013

Date: 10/03/2013 Location: 49.181135°S, 166.812487°E Weather: Rain and up to 40 knots Sea state: 3 to 4 m swell The last few days of the voyage, and some final questions answered! Firstly, from Greytown School years 4 and 5. What clothing and special gear do you need to wear when you are on deck on the … Read More

Antarctic Voyage: Ocean Acidification

Guest Work Mar 06, 2013

Written by Elizabeth Shadwick (ACE CRC) Date:5/3/2013 Location: 62.803893°S, 147.03681°E Weather: Cloudy, 25-30 knots Sea state: 3-4 m swell Pink Errina fissurata attached to pebbles on the Ross Sea slope, Antarctica at 470 m depth. Other invertebrates visible in the image are a variety of sponges and the white spiky brittle star Ophiacantha pentactis. [ … Read More

Antarctic Voyage: The CTD

Guest Work Mar 05, 2013

Written by NIWA oceanographer and voyage leader Dr Mike Williams. Date: 4/03/2013 Location: 63.394131°S, 149.553421°E Weather: Cloudy, snow and rain, 25 knots of wind Sea state: 3-4 m swell CTD about to be deployed. [Jill Scott]With 10 days left of the voyage we are now heading north, starting to make our way back to Wellington. As … Read More

Antarctic Voyage: On the shelf at last!

Guest Work Mar 01, 2013

Date: 28/2/2013 Location: 66.170212°S, 147.947581°E Weather: Cloudy with the odd sunny spell, a light breeze and very cold Sea state: Calm and icy Sea ice image from 26th February 2013. [NASA MODIS satellite]Sunny, clear days definitely make this region look less formidable and give it a magical glow. They also provide us with good sea … Read More

Antarctic voyage: Mud, mud, glorious mud

Guest Work Feb 28, 2013

Date: 27/2/2013 Location: 66.5914˚S, 148.064901˚E Weather: 10 knots and clear Sea state: Calm …Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood. Especially when the air temperature is below freezing. Multibeam data for canyons. [Helen Bostock; data supplied by Alix Post,Geoscience Australia]We have successfully collected a couple of cores from the Antarctic slope in between some … Read More

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