Day 12 Latitude 71° 55.575’ S Longitude 171° 55.330’ E Sea state: 1 m swell Air temperature: -4° Sea temperature: -0.8° Wind speed: 15 knots Today we have deployed the last of our long term instruments called “moorings”. A mooring is a line of rope anchored to the ocean floor (with train wheels). Along this … Continue reading Day 12
Day 9 Latitude 71° 25.575’ S Longitude 171° 57.330’ E Sea state: 5 m swell Air temperature: -2.9° Sea temperature: -0.8° Wind speed: 46 knots Today is a day to remember: I have seen Antarctica. And yes: “So close yet so far away”. We are 40 km from land, fog is finally gone, spectacular cliffs … Continue reading Day 9
Day 6 Latitude 65° 38.355’ S Longitude 172° 49.531’ E Sea state: 3 m swell Air temperature: 0.2° Sea temperature: 0.2° Wind speed: 12.5 kt Today we saw our first iceberg. The radar on the bridge warned us so we could be ready but, still, appearing through the fog, eerie, unreal, silent, it left me … Continue reading Day 6
Day 5 Latitude 63° 53.467’ S Longitude 171° 14.312’ E Sea state: 2m swell Air temperature: 0.2° Sea temperature: 0.2° Wind speed: 20.5 knots Temperature has dropped considerably. Fog is still with us and last night it snowed. We have done a fantastic drill today. But, hold on a second, first things first. … Continue reading Day 5
Day 2 Latitude 49° 55.735’ S Longitude 174° 29.909’ E Sea state: 1 m swell Air temperature:12.4° Sea temperature:11.9° Wind speed: 26.3 knots We have gone from blue to grey, sky is permanently overcast, temperature keeps dropping and it is raining. We are a few miles away from the first station but the activity … Continue reading Day 2
Day 1 Latitude: 45° 32.462’ S Longitude: 174° 39.460’ E Sea state: 1m swell Air temperature: 16.5° Sea temperature: 15.9° Wind speed: 19.3 knots Heading south, literally, the compass in the bridge says heading 180°. When we were leaving the harbour a group of dolphins came to say good bye, we cannot see land anymore, … Continue reading Day 1
We are leaving again, to the South. Different disciplines: oceanography, marine mammals, geology, chemistry, atmospheric physics, biology. On board the RV Tangaroa 40 people, six weeks, 7800 km. You can find more information here: NIWA , Univeristy of Auckland , A un paso de la Antartida , MetOcean and of course Twitter and Instagram.