Preparing for an Antarctic field season begins nearly as soon as the previous one ends. In Boston we process and analyze data collected in the field, informing us of what data or experiments need to be collected or conducted next. A couple months after a field season, our rock samples arrive (last year we received 2000 lbs of rocks we collected!) after traveling by cargo ship and truck from Antarctica to Boston. By the end of the end of the summer, barely 6 months after the last field season, we begin packing up equipment to ship to Antarctica by cargo ship.
This year our group sent multiple ground penetrating radar (GPR) units, rock drilling supplies, and other equipment that we will use during the upcoming field season. The GPR is a geophysical instrument that emits and receives energy waves that allow us to map out the stratigraphy of surficial materials, including glacial drift, glacial ice, ground ice, and permafrost. It's a useful tool that collects a great deal of data that, after many months of data processing, reveals the near-surface anatomy of the Antarctic Dry Valleys.
After carefully documenting the equipment, we packaged it and sent it to Port Hueneme, California. Our scientific cargo along with other researchers' equipment will take the slow boat to Antarctica. This total journey is 3,000 miles by truck across the United States and over 8,200 miles by ship across the Pacific Ocean. When we arrive by airplane on the Ross Ice Shelf in November, our equipment will be there for us to use in the field. Until November we will be planning out our strategy for the quickly approaching field season!
|After 3,000 miles by truck (above) and and 8,200 miles and 112 degrees of latitude by boat (below), our equipment arrives at McMurdo Station, Antarctica|
BU Seminar Series on Climate Change
This fall Professor Marchant launched a new undergraduate program that brings students from the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Communication, and School of Education, to study climate change through a prestigious grant awarded to him by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. As part of the new program, BU is hosting a Seminar Series on Climate featuring prominent climate scientists, science documentary producers, and media specialists to discuss a wide range of issues related to global climate change. These lectures are free and open to the public- if you are in the Boston area your attendance is welcome and encouraged! Details about the seminar series are included in the image below.
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