• First night in the field

    Yesterday we got six flights in, all except Adam and Bradley (FGA) now in the field. We put up three pyramid Scott tents, and the all-important toilet tent. The toilet tent contains the poo bucket, otherwise the facility is a flag outdoors so that all peeing is kept to one location, remembering all drinking water is from melted snow! Bryn and Al shared a two-man tent, Heidi, Dave and I were in a three-man as it is BAS policy (and safer) that no-one sleeps on their own. We had a good night although it was quite cold to start with when we first extinguished the stove and Tilly lamp.

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  • Into the field!

    Finally we are all ready to leave and the weather is playing ball. Bryn and Al (the field general assistant) have just taken off in the first Twin Otter flight out to the Larsen C ice shelf. The weather needs to be especially good for the first landing, with good enough visibility and contrast for the pilot to find a safe place to land. Once we have one party on the ground they can mark out a ski-way for landing and make weather observations from the ground.

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  • Tent training

    A few days have gone by since we arrived in Rothera and I’m settling into the routine of life down here. One thing that is immediately apparent is how dramatically changeable the weather is – yesterday we woke up in a howling gale, but the clouds seem to disperse almost instantly around 1pm leaving a glorious evening and perfectly clear skies. However, it’s just above freezing today; low grey cloud actually hangs in the air and it’s actually sleeting! Patches of snow have turned into slush, and it’s actually these warmer spells that constitute “miserable weather” in Rothera.

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  • Getting to Antarctica

    The first challenge in Antarctic fieldwork is simply getting there. Although things have become a lot easier since the early days of Antarctic exploration, travel in and around Antarctica is still a tricky business. Read on to learn how the MIDAS team will be getting from the UK to their field sites on Larsen C this year.

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  • Welcome to Project MIDAS

    Welcome to the brand new website for Project MIDAS, a UK-based Antarctic research project, aimed at understanding the effects of increased melting on the Larsen C ice shelf, West Antarctica.

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