I am on Twitter (@AntarcticGlacie). And so are many other field-based scientists. When I started using the hashtag #FieldPhotoFriday, so many people joined in that I had to storify it. We had photographs capturing a whole gamut of field experiences from a range of sciences. The places people go and what they get up to makes a great story. You can see the Storify from October 5th Here.
It’s now less than two months until we depart for Ablation Point, Alexander Island on the Antarctic Peninsula, and it’s important that you’re fit and healthy. I’ve been doing lots of exercise recently, and am trying to climb a mountain every weekend in preparation! Fortunately there are lots to choose from in Aberystwyth. You also need to pass stringent medicals and attend a training course set by the British Antarctic Survey to be allowed to go. I attended the Girton Conference in September 2010, and so am excused, but am reminded of it now, as several of my colleagues are attending. Continue reading
Fieldwork plans to Alexander Island are firming up – watch this space. We’ll be flying to Rothera on 1st November, and we’ll be deployed to George VI Ice Shelf by Twin Otter aircraft (with skis instead of wheels) shortly afterwards. Then we’ll have a busy month at Ablation Valley, before being picked up towards the end of November.
Today, I am at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge. This is because I am meeting people to discuss my next season, which will be to Ablation Valley, Alexander Island. Continue reading