Gough Island September/October 2019 Newsletter now available

Gough Island September/October 2019 Newsletter now available

In this edition:

  • Meet the 65th Gough Island Overwintering Team
  • The first birthday party of G65

Gough65 celebrating team member, Bubele Nongwejana’s birthday. Photo: Thendo Sikhwari

  • September weather
  • and more…
  • click here to view more photos of Bubele Nongwejana enjoying his birthday party.

 

Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 24 October 2019

Spring Cruise 2019 – onboard the S.A. Agulhas II

Spring Cruise 2019 – onboard the S.A. Agulhas II

On 12 October 2019, the S.A. Agulhas II departed on the first ever cruise to the Marginal Ice Zone during spring. This is a very exciting cruise with 97 participants onboard, representing 17 nationalities and 19 different scientific institutions.

Scientific institutions taking part in this dedicated science expedition, funded by the Department of Science and Technology  (DST) through the National Research Foundation (NRF):

1. University of Cape Town
2. Stellenbosch University
3. South African Weather Service
4. Cape Peninsula University of Technology
5. Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
6. Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries
7. BirdLife South Africa
8. Plymouth Marine Laboratory
9. University of Exeter
10. University of Gothenburg, Sweden
11. University of Pretoria
12. University of Brest – LEMAR – IUEM
13. The University of Melbourne, Australia
14. University of Adelaide, Australia
15. Uppsala University, Sweden
16. Alfred Wegener Institute
17. Florida State University
18. New York University Abu Dhabi
19. Old Dominion University

This 47 day long cruise is managed by Dr Thomas Ryan-Keogh (CSIR), Chief Scientist onboard the vessel and by A/Prof Marcello Vichi (UCT) as land-based Chief Scientist.

The participants are distributed over 19 different teams onboard, covering all the aspects of the SCALE science plan:

TeamLead PIOnboard Team Leader
BIRDSAzwianewi MakhadoDerek Engelbrecht
DMSTom BellGeorge Manville
CO2Pedro MonteiroMutshutshu Tsanwani
GLIDERS
Sarah Nicholson
Pedro Monteiro
Sebastian Swart
Louise Biddle
Josh Huysamen
IRONThato MtshaliThato Mtshali
METEO
Christo Rautenbach
Marc de Vos
Mardene de Villiers
MICROBIOThulani MakalanyaneJarishma Gokul
NATMKatye AltieriKurt Spence
NOCESarah FawcettRaquel Flynn
OCESharedTommy Ryan-Keogh
PLANKTONDavid WalkerSimone Louw
PLASTICSPeter RyanEleanor Weideman
PRODUCTIONSandy ThomallaTommy Ryan-Keogh
SEAICE
Sebastian Skatulla
Marcello Vichi
Tokoloho Rampai
Amit Mishra
Justin Pead
SEALSMia WegeMarthan Bester
TRACEX
Alakendra Roychoudhury
Susanne Fietz
Jan-Lukas Menzel
VIBRATIONAnnie BekkerMartinique Engelbrecht
WAVEAlessandro Toffoli
Clare Eayrs
Alberto Alberello
Clare Eayrs
WHALESKen FindlayElisa Seyboth

Meet Dr Thomas (Tommy) Ryan-Keogh:

Here is a summary of the integrated scientific themes of SCALE:

SEA ICE DYNAMICS AND AIR-SEA-ICE FLUXES

Antarctic sea ice shows a large year to year variability which is not completely captured by forecasting and climate models. Understanding ice mechanics, composition and movement is essential for ice charting and predictive models. The exchange of gases, aerosols, heat and momentum between the atmosphere and ocean through the sea ice is a key factor influencing long-term climate variability and trends. These fluxes are critical to understanding the links between carbon and climate, aerosols and albedo and the influence of terrestrial particles on ocean biogeochemistry.

BIOLOGICAL CARBON PUMP

Changes in climate and sea-ice distribution are likely to affect the composition, abundance, and productivity of   phytoplankton, with feedbacks that threaten the  ecosystem  services  they  provide,  namely sustaining biodiversity, fueling the food web and fisheries, and mediating global climate through an altered efficiency of the biological carbon pump.

PHYSICS TO TOP PREDATORS

The Southern Ocean is subject to strong frontal (meso to sub-mesoscale) activity due to the instability of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. Nutrient pulses associated with frontal dynamics have the ability to propagate throughout the food chain from lower trophic levels (phytoplankton) to top predators (seabirds and marine mammals). The marginal ice zone environment is an essential habitat for seals and whales throughout the year, and its seasonal variability is a major driver of their feeding behaviour.

DECADAL CHANGES IN OCEAN INTERIOR

The Meridional Overturning Circulation is a global reaching system of surface and deep ocean currents. It is the primary mechanism for the transport and storage of heat, carbon, salt, freshwater and nutrients (including dissolved trace elements) between ocean basins; connecting the surface ocean and atmosphere with the huge reservoir of the deep sea.

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS FOR POLAR ENGINEERING

To advance the scientific basis for ice-going vessels, the S.A. Agulhas II has been the subject of full-scale engineering measurements since 2012. These measurements focus on structural dynamics of the hull and propulsion systems, wave slamming and human comfort. The sensor infrastructure and advanced data analytics position the ship as an ideal platform to explore digital twin technology to assess the state and behaviour of the vessel in near real time within its operational context. These powerful platforms promise to advance education, research, innovation and industrial development related to shipping, oceans and polar research.

To find out more about SCALE (Southern oCean seAsonaL Experiment) and the key research objectives of the cruise – visit www.scale.org.za.

 

Follow @SCALExperiment on Twitter for cruise updates.

 

 

Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 15 October 2019

Edited by : A/Prof Marcello Vichi (UCT)

Want some news from Marion Island and SANAE?

Want some news from Marion Island and SANAE?

News from Marion Island

This month is the kickoff for the Marion Island newsletters – we will start with the May 2019 newsletter.

In this edition (May 2019)

  • – Meet the 76th Marion Island overwintering team
  • – See some photos of the team training
        • On the island:
        • – Take-over games and initiation
        • – Sealers’ 1st round island
        • – Meet the team’s fantastic sponsors
        • – and more…

 

News from SANAE IV, Antarctica

In this edition (September 2019)

  • – Meet the team’s Senior Meteorological Technician, Marvin Rankudu
      • – Find out more about:
        • – weather service
        • – clouds
        • – vehicles used at SANAE IV
        • – aurora australis
      • – September weather at SANAE IV
      • – and more…

 

Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 10 October 2019

Marion Island JOBS – Applications OPEN

Marion Island JOBS – Applications OPEN

New job opportunities available on Marion Island. 

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Communications EngineerMarion IslandApril 2020 - May 202114 October 2019 Click here
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Diesel Mechanic Marion IslandApril 2020 - May 202114 October 2019 Click here
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Field Assistant: Plant Ecology Marion IslandApril 2020 - May 202125 October 2019Click here
Field Assistant: 2 x"Sealers" and 1x "Whaler"Marion IslandApril 2020 - May 202121 October 2019 Click here
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SANAE IV August 2019 Newsletter now available

SANAE IV August 2019 Newsletter now available

In this edition:

  • Meet the RADAR Engineer from SANSA (South African National Space Agency), Travis Duck.
  • Learn all about the HF radar, neutron monitors, cosmic radiation and more…

SANAE 58, RADAE Engineer – Travis Duck.

 

Click here to download/view the SANAE IV Newsletter, August 2019 Edition.

Click here to view all the SANAE newsletters available on the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa Archive.

 

  September 2019 at SANAE IV – Antarctica

Photo Credit: Jacques Robbertze

View Jacques Robbertze on the ALSA Archive.

 

Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 12 September 2019