The food can truly make or break an expedition. And feeding our small ‘army’ of a field team is far from an easy challenge!
Getting ready for Antarctica16 October 2017
American Geophysical Union (AGU) has posted Sarah Sams blog on preparing for Antarctica.
A productive week in Stockholm8 October 2017
The Magic-DML team have just wrapped up a very productive week in Stockholm.
Field training in Flottsbro, Sweden3 October 2017
The team is in Stockholm for field training and meetings. Safety first, always.
We have our first results19 September 2017
The Beryllium samples were analysed at PRIME lab, Purdue last week meaning we have our first numbers.
Methane and carbon dioxide measurements in the Ross Sea28 April 2017
Researchers from Stockholm University have been invited to participate in the Polynyas, ice production, and seasonal evolution in the Ross Sea (PIPERS) expedition on board the U.S. icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer.
Closing Wasa and going home28 February 2017 | Karin Winarve
The stubborn storm and our involuntary extended stay at Wasa, meant that we had time for a proper closing of the station. The closing procedure is basically the reverse of the start-up procedure – there is a checklist to follow and we just do it the other way around. The challenge is to make room for everything and at the same time make it logical for those who will open the station next time.
Last days27 February 2017 | Karin Winarve
The last few days have passed slowly, we switched to low-power mode and just waited out the storm. When the winds were at their strongest, the anemometer almost broke down and we had to take it inside. Then it sounded as if the storm got even stronger, but we don't really know the exact wind speed.
Officially delayed26 February 2017 | Carl Lundberg
So, we are officially delayed and the mess with missed connections is on. For a while the planning pointed towards flying out yesterday, but that got cancelled.
The storm keeps hammering23 February 2017 | Carl Lundberg
After a season with splendid weather, we are having our share. Yesterday's weather reports indicate that the weekend is our best bet to leave Wasa.
How has the ocean’s capacity to absorb CO2 changed?21 February 2017
Nathalie Van der Putten from the Department of Geology, Lund University, will participate in Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) which is the first research expedition of the Swiss Polar Institute. The expedition is divided into three legs and the route goes around the entire Antarctic continent.
43,2 knots of wind21 February 2017 | Carl Lundberg
Now we are scheduled to get picked up on Thursday at 12:15 but the forecast does not look that good. At this moment we have 43,2 knots of wind and visibility less than 1000 meters. But spirits are high, we are warm and we got food.
The weather dictates all… And it’s rather unpredictable20 February 2017 | Jennifer Newall
Efter en extremt hektisk eftermiddag och sen kväll igår fick vi en tidig start i morse. Vårt flyg till Troll var ursprungligen planerat till onsdag 22 februari, men igår fick vi ett mail med en uppdatering av tidtabellen. Enligt väderprognosen så ska det bli storm tisdag-torsdag och eventuellt fredag. I det nya uppdaterade schemat hade vårt flyg flyttats till idag (måndag 20 februari).
Polar explorers achievements16 February 2017 | Carl Lundberg
Last night at dinner we asked our self what technological advances that makes it possible for us to travel to Earth's most inhospitable and isolated continent? Sure, there have been polar expeditions for over a hundred years now, but you do not need to go too far back in the literature to realise that it was made under completely different risks and sacrifices. Its somewhere around where the images changes from color to black and white so see how the conditions and the changes but must have felt both fear and anxiety. There is more than one story about the expedition That Were left on the ice, not just one, but two long winters more than planned.
Sampling at the edge of the Antarctic Plateau16 February 2017 | Jennifer Newall
Learning from our success using both the cars and snowmobiles to access sites during the fieldwork in Tottanfjella, it was decided to make a speedy return journey to Milorgfjella with the snowmobiles. This would hopefully allow us to visit the high elevation, summit sites we were unable to access during the first visit
Meet our expedition leader - Henrik Törnberg15 February 2017 | Neil Glasser, Ola Fredin
Every expedition needs a great leader and we are lucky that we have Henrik Törnberg in that role. Henrik was involved right from the start in helping us with the overall planning and organisation of the MAGIC-DML fieldwork, running up to our current deployment in January-February 2017. He also has day-to-day responsibility for the planning and safety of the expedition while we are here in the field in Antarctica.
The expeditions Medical Doctor - always ready, mostly jobless14 February 2017 | Henrik Törnberg
Henrik Hedelin is the expeditions Medical Doctor. He usually works as an orthopaedic surgeon in the Queen Silvia Children´s Hospital in Gothenburg and the last 10 years he has been specialising in Mountain and wilderness medicine. As a doctor in Gothenburg he operates on children with broken legs and arms.
To Tottanfjella and back – our second major field excursion10 February 2017 | Nat Lifton
On 30 January we set out in sunny weather on our second major expedition to explore the southern reaches of Heimefrontfjella – specifically the clusters of nunataks, mountains protruding above the ice surface, known as Tottanfjella. We made good time to the fuel depot, arriving about 8 hours after departing Wasa.
What is it like to do fieldwork in Antarctica?10 February 2017 | Neil Glasser
On the latest trip out we were camped on the ice sheet at about 1500 metres above sea level and we had night-time temperatures well below -20 C so some of us have taken to using two sleeping bags, one inside the other, to keep warm. We also have a small toilet tent, pitched at a discreet distance from the other tents…
Working as a technician in Antarctica9 February 2017 | Henrik Törnberg
Det finns mycket teknisk utrustning på en polarforskningsstation. På Wasa finns sju snöskotrar, fyra bandvagnar, två terrängbilar, två dieselgeneratorer, vattensystem med snösmältare, gasolsystem, elsystem med solpaneler samt en mängd annan teknisk utrustning och byggnader som måste hållas i funktionsdugligt skick.