ANTARCTICA NEW ZEALAND NEWS
JOB VACANCY - SCIENCE PROGRAMME ADVISOR
We are currently recruiting for a Science Programme Advisor to join the Antarctica New Zealand team. This permanent position plays an important role in supporting the delivery of the Antarctic science programme. This involves reviewing requests for logistics support from external researchers, articulating their needs to Antarctica New Zealand’s planning and operations team and assisting with developing field plans, and coordinating science reporting.
This is a great opportunity for a talented and motivated individual to apply their Antarctic field research expertise to enable others to achieve their scientific outcomes.
We are offering a webinar update on the project in November. This will be held over Zoom on Wednesday November 21st at 1130-1230. If you would like to attend, please register your interest and contact details (email address) here.
The Scott Base Redevelopment project is progressing to plan, with a busy few months ahead. The preliminary design stage has started, being the second of four phases of design that incrementally increase the detail within the design. Over the next six months the team will be concentrating on confirming the bulk and locations of each building on the site, then planning the internal layouts of each area. Spaces will be arranged to ensure that the “flow” through the buildings for science events and staff, will be made as safe and efficient as possible. As with all the design stages, we would very much welcome your comments and ideas – please liaise with the Royal Society – Committee on Antarctic Science, being the key stakeholder group representing the science community; contact the Chair (Gary Wilson) or Fiona Shanhun. We do also have an open door policy, welcoming anyone in the science community to pop into the office in Christchurch and discuss the project and any considerations you may have.
Running concurrently with the preliminary design, we continue to develop the Detailed Business Case for the project to secure funding to complete the design and construction of the project. We anticipate this will be approved in the 2019 budget, enabling a construction start date in 2021. We’ll keep you posted!
DELAYED START TO ANTARCTIC SEASON
The 2018/19 Antarctic season is now underway, despite the slowest start in some forty years due to a sequence of storms in McMurdo following one another in quick succession. The first flight south eventually departed Christchurch two weeks after the scheduled start, impacting some early season science events as a result.
The following activities were all delayed by up to two weeks:
We appreciate the understanding and patience expressed by all those affected, and look forward to a successful season ahead.
Congratulations to our Antarcticans on these recent publications:
Bertram R.A., Wilson D.J., van de Flier T., McKay R.M., Patterson M.O., Jimenez-Espejo F.J., Escutia C., Duke G.C., Taylor-Silva B.I., Riesselman C.R. (2018). Pliocene deglacial event timelines and the biogeochemical response offshore Wilkes Subglacial Basin, East Antarctica. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 494. DOI:10.1016/j.epsl.2018.04.054
Taylor-Silva B.I., Riesselman C.R. (2018). Polar Frontal Migration in the Warm Late Pliocene: Diatom Evidence From the Wilkes Land Margin, East Antarctica. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 33. DOI:10.1002/2017PA003225
Wilson D.J., Bertram R.A., Needham E.F., van de Flierdt T., Welsh K.J., McKay R.M., Mazumder A., Riesselman C.R., Jimenez-Espejo F.J., Escutia C. (2018). Ice loss from the East Antarctic Ice Sheet during late Pleistocene interglacials. Nature, 561. DOI:10.1038/s41586-018-0501-8
If you would like your publications featured here please email our Science Team about your papers as they go to press.