Antarctic Quest 21 – Team Science

snow sampling tubes for metal analysis

As Antarctic Quest 21 draws to a close, the science team find time to send some video footage of what they have been doing.

Here is a friendly hello, where microplastic pollution expert Cat Cameron and meteorologist Martin Densham introduce themselves (I heard they had a fun time of many takes for this :))

Team Science: Martin and Cat. (c) Antarctic Quest 21.

Martin provides an overview of science projects and partners at Durham, Manchester, Plymouth and Utrecht universities.

Overview of science projects by Martin. (c) Antarctic Quest 21.

Cat shows you how snow samples for microplastics are taken.

Cat in action taking snow samples for microplastic analysis. (c) Antarctic Quest 21.

The team are now back at basecamp and can look back on taking 15 snow samples for microplastic analysis, more than 70 samples for metal analysis, numerous meteorological observations, some 60 patches exposed to daylight for UVB irradiation analysis and a dozen or so measurements of snow accumulation.

I am looking forward to seeing all the data and scientific discussion of their meaning over the coming months!

Writing about Antarctic Quest 21, it is only fit to thank all of our friends, sponsors and supporters:  NAAFI Team Army/Team Ethos Costain Group PLC BetterYou Ltd Applied Satellite Technology LtdGreencastle Consulting Klättermusen AB Fjellpulken AS Polar Latitudes Clean Planet Energy PlanetLabs.Earth LikeToBe.org LGfL Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce Royal Geographical Society Prof Dr Ger Graus OBE Phil Carrotte Tim Ellis Twin Science & Robotics Verofax Limited Alpenverein Osterreich Beyond Exploration Shackleton Whisky Paul Read Martin Holland, FRGS USNAR Polar Science and Technology Program The Ulysses Trust Expedition Base Camp Anjuli Selvakumaran Elliot Brown Watches University of Plymouth Utrecht University The University of Manchester Durham University University of Tasmania Challenging Habitat AndrewSmedley PippaWhitehouse Colonel Paul John Edwards MBE The Honourable Alexandra Shackleton Lieutenant General Richard Nugee CB CVO CBE AngelaMilne Simon Ussher Nigel Marley MichielvanDenBroeke ImogenNapper Emily Whitehead Kate Retallick Claire Grogan FRGS Charlotte Braungardt 

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