Tagged: Antarctica

Puffed up penguins- World Penguin Day - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Apr 29, 2015

Over the weekend, in case you missed it, it was World Penguin Day, an annual day to think about those dapper-suited gentlemen and women and how much fun they bring to our lives. Let’s face it, I think everyone LOVES penguins. I’m yet to meet anyone that isn’t pretty mesmerised or completely besotted by the waddling … Read More

Totten hots up, ice shelves melting: it’s grim down south - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 30, 2015

Much news in recent weeks from Antarctica, and none of it good. An Argentinian base on the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula recently reported a new high temperature record for the continent — 17.5ºC. A team of scientists has discovered that East Antarctica’s Totten Glacier — which drains a catchment that contains enough ice to […] … Read More

Antarctic ice going fast: Larsen C ice shelf primed for giant calving event - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 02, 2015

The Larsen C ice shelf on the east coast of the Antarctic peninsula is primed for a giant iceberg calving event, and could be heading for total collapse — similar to the fate of the Larsen B ice shelf in 2002, according to scientists monitoring the ice. A huge crack (above: hover over the picture […] … Read More

Sexism, shirts, Sutton and saying goodbye - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Dec 09, 2014

Sexism is rife in academia and leads to many leaving academic careers. Last week I worked my last day as an academic at Lincoln University, the disestablishment of my position in the protracted restructuring process officially complete. It’s time for a new chapter in what has been a pretty ugly year. Now I start on an adventure into an … Read More

Time to get fuzzy about penguins – #voteAdelie Part 1 - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Nov 23, 2014

How can anyone resist voting for this cutie in the annual Bird of the Year campaign?   Penguins captivate us human-folk. They’re one of those animals that just oozes natural charisma. It’s largely because they appear so like us with their upright stance and their dinner suited attire, their sometimes funky ‘hairstyles’ and their mannerisms that seem just so … Read More

Climate documentary Thin Ice raising money for US broadcast - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 10, 2014

Thin Ice, the superb documentary about climate science and scientists filmed and produced by New Zealand and British climate scientists, has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to finance a new edit of the film so that it can be shown on public TV in the US. From the Kickstarter page: Why do we need help? […] … Read More

Basking in the conference afterglow or swansong? - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Sep 11, 2014

Conferences are seen as one of the few remaining perks of a scientist’s life. A chance to step away from academia and to travel, even if only out of one’s earthquake ravaged home city. Sometimes though, as much as they energise and present opportunities to reconnect with the scientific community, conferences can be a harsh reminder of just … Read More

Friday melts, weird weather and whales (it’s been a long time…) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Aug 22, 2014

It’s been a long time since my last post: apologies for that. You may blame a bad cold, an urgent need for root canal work, the peak of the truffle season (and truffle tours for culinary heroes1 ), the start of pruning and political distractions for the drop off in activity here. Normal service should […] … Read More

A flurry of Antarctic scientists - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Aug 22, 2014

Antarctic scientist gets close to study subject, a Weddell seal. Antarctic scientists tend to feel passionate about their subject areas. For those of you living in Auckland, New Zealand, happily going about your daily lives you might be blissfully unaware that approximately 1000 Antarctic scientists are currently beginning to infiltrate the city. Think of them like a flurry of … Read More