Our second Antarctic Lecture of our 2018 programme will be taken by Simon Garrod, and will be focusing on some of the modern and future challenges facing Antarctic Operations, including the Halley Base.
Simon Garrod, Head of Operations at the British Antarctic Survey, was awarded the Queen’s Polar medal for service in the Antarctic and Arctic in 2012. Simon join the likes of early polar explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton as notable recipients of the prize.
He will be talking about the Halley Research Station, with an overview of the challenges, solutions and future directions of Antarctic operations. Halley Research Station is an internationally important platform for global earth, atmospheric and space weather observation in a climate sensitive zone. Built on a floating ice shelf in the Weddell Sea, Halley VI is the world’s first re-locatable research facility. This award-winning and innovative research station provides scientists with state-of-the-art laboratories and living accommodation, enabling them to study pressing global problems from climate change and sea-level rise to space weather and the ozone hole – first discovered at Halley in 1985. Halley sits on the 130 metre-thick Brunt Ice Shelf. The ice shelf flows slowly out onto the Weddell Sea, where chunks of ice ‘calve’ off as icebergs. Monitoring revealed in 2015 that Halley was downstream of a widening crack in the ice shelf (known as chasm 1). As a result, the research station was relocated to a new, safer site in 2016/17.
Simon has been working in the Antarctic and the Arctic for nearly 25 years. He has been field guide, station leader, traverse leader and field operations manager and was the initial project manager for the Halley relocation project.
His talk will begin at 7pm at our Field Studies Centre on the 15th February, tickets are still available so make sure you book. On the 22nd March we will be welcoming prof. Richard Philips for our final Antarctic Lecture focusing on Antarctic bird life in particular the Albatross.