Upon arrival in the bay the first science will be "clean" with sensors deployed to look at water temperature, saltiness, oxygen levels and currents. Once this is done, it's onto the "dirty" stuff, with large numbers of sediment cores being taken, processed and then stored for further analysis.
Once through the storm we finally arrived at the first science site. A cove on King George Island. The scientists are looking into how the glacial melt water affects life on the seabed, the structure of the seabed and the currents in the bay. While we have been working, some of the local wildlife has been to visit with Gentoo Penguins, seals and a few whales coming to look at the ship
My season is particularly unusual. Starting in late November I am going on; a science cruise on the JCR; spending some time at Rothera Research Station and then travelling onwards to Halley. This is new for me, with a huge variety of work, lots of time on the move and nowhere to call "base" for the season but I'm looking forward to it. Spending some time at Rothera will be good as my previous (and only) trip was for just 18 hours, not quite enough to get the feeling for the place.
More updates should follow before November but the main blog should begin just before December. Like last year, I plan to write at least once a week, but with my travels you may need to excuse a late post or two! Hope you enjoy reading about this year's adventure.