Land is in sight! The transit has been remarkably kind to us, the weather seeming to behave more or less as forecast.
Science is over!12 March 2015 | Sarah Greenwood
At 5 am on Monday, 45 days of science came to an end.
Be careful what you wish for7 March 2015 | Sarah Greenwood
I asked for some wind, to disturb the forming sea ice and give us some open water and clean data. 40 knot winds and breaking waves was not what I had in mind.
Shelves, tongues, bergs and pancakes6 March 2015 | Sarah Greenwood
You may think ice is just ice. White(ish). Frozen(ish). In the last six weeks (yes, six weeks today!) we’ve seen a whole host of many weird and wonderful forms that ice takes in and around the oceans.
All change27 February 2015 | Sarah Greenwood
We’re back in the west (or east, depending on which way you look at things). The 2nd leg of my part of the cruise has begun.
JPC's, KC's, XBT's, MT's, ET's, MMO's & OCD17 February 2015 | Sarah Greenwood
Just as there’s a whole new way of life on this boat, there’s a whole new language. Acronyms just start rolling off the tongue.
Routines10 February 2015 | Sarah Greenwood
I guess before I left I’d been worried life on board would get monotonous. There is a world of difference, though, between routine and monotony.
Multibeaming9 February 2015 | Sarah Greenwood
After the first week or so, when objectives, locations, methods deployed, not to mention sleep patterns, were in a state of constant change, we’ve now settled into a phase of steady geophysics survey.
More important than Science? The Superbowl2 February 2015 | Sarah Greenwood
BBQ lunch, and an afternoon gathering up on the Bridge while we get play commentary over the phone.
Time travel pt 21 February 2015
Travelled a little too far it would seem: back to an internet-less World. We’ve entered the absolute epicentre of a satellite no-coverage zone, stuck between the Americas and Asia-Pacific, and we’re set to be here for some time.
Time travel28 January 2015 | Sarah Greenwood
Travelled East, and woke up in yesterday. We’re in the Eastern Ross Sea, one of the westernmost parts of the World: we just crossed the 180 longitude line, and therefore the International Date Line.
Sea ice and science26 January 2015 | Sarah Greenwood
The sea ice is not part of our science. Though perhaps no one’s told it so – it seems to want to creep up on us from any direction, at any moment.
Next stop: Hobart25 January 2015 | Sarah Greenwood
We’ve been at sea for two days now. At sea and at science: we turned the multibeam on as soon as we had got through the sea ice around McMurdo and had open water beneath us – a couple of hours after the crew hauled in the ropes at the station. We're collecting data!
McMurdo21 January 2015 | Sarah Greenwood
We made it! Boomerang bags were not needed, though it was apparently a close call. We landed on McMurdo Ice Shelf (a tongue of floating ice, a couple of hundred metres' thick over nearly a kilometre of water to the ocean floor) in snowfall and pretty sketchy visibility.
The waiting game...18 January 2015 | Sarah Greenwood
We should have flown to McMurdo today. Instead: another baking hot summer’s day in Christchurch. Our shuttle to the US Antarctic Program base out at the airport was due to pick us up at 6.15 this morning... then it was 8.15... 11... “I’m sorry, you won’t be flying today”.