Field Work

Antarctic voyage: What is a polynya?

Guest Author Feb 21, 2013

Written by Dr Beatriz Pena-Molino (ACE CRC) Date: 19/2/2013 Location: 65.395795°S, 142.682921°E Weather: Sunny Sea State: Calm If you have been following this voyage for the last fortnight then you may well be wondering “what is a polynya?” Polynya is a Russian word used to describe areas of open water surrounded by ice. They occur … Read More


Antarctic voyage: Sea ice

Guest Author Feb 20, 2013

Written by NIWA oceanographer and voyage leader Dr Mike Williams. Date: 18/02/2013 Location: 65.225487°S, 143.020138°E Weather: Small storm clearing Sea state: 3-4 m swell improving to 1-2 m Over the last few days the sea ice has given us some of the highs and lows of the voyage. RV Tangaroa in the … Read More

Antarctic Voyage: Icebergs

Guest Author Feb 15, 2013

Written by NIWA oceanographer and voyage leader Dr Mike Williams. Date: 14/02/2013 Location: 63.191514˚S, 139.837747˚E Weather: Fine and sunny, very little wind Sea State: Calm Yesterday was the day the iceberg sweepstake came off the wall. First iceberg. [Evan Solly]Shortly after we left Wellington a list went up on the wall in the mess … Read More

Antarctic Voyage: Cold weather protection

Guest Author Feb 13, 2013

Written by Dr Anne Waterhouse (ship’s doctor) and Helen Bostock (marine geologist, NIWA) Date: 11/2/2013 Location: 59.852688°S, 139.613379°E Weather: Snow, rain, 40-50 knot (70-90 km/hour) winds Sea state: Rough – 8-10 m swell Kate Berry and Anne Waterhouse in their Antarctic gear. [Helen Bostock]Last night the storm continued with the wind and … Read More