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Australian Mawson Centenary Expedition update

Posted: Aug 30, 2013 06:33 pm EDT

(By Correne Coetzer) As previously reported, in the upcoming South Pole season Chris Turney, Chris Fogwill and Greg Mortimer, will be leading a research expedition on Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic oceanography, climate and biology, celebrating Douglas Mawson's science and exploration on Antarctica a century ago. The scientists are offering members of the public an opportunity to join them on the expedition and berths are for sale


Chris Turney has sent over an update. They will now be departing from Bluff in New Zealand.


Also Leg 1 departure date is now: Southern New Zealand via subantarctics November 27 – December 7, 2013


The voyage will make a course south for the UNESCO World Heritage-listed subantarctic islands, to experience these sanctuaries of fauna and flora deep in the Southern Ocean. Campbell and Auckland islands will be visited, and conditions permitting, Snares. Throughout the journey there will be ample opportunity to actively engage in the scientific program cross the Southern Ocean and subantarctic islands.


Leg 2: as previously, Southern New Zealand (return) to Antarctica via the subantarctics December 8, 2013 – January 4, 2014


The second voyage will make a course south for Commonwealth Bay, making scientific observations as they go. Having navigated through the sea ice, they will anchor close to Cape Denison and undertake an extensive science program, focusing on marine biology and oceanography.


Chris Turney (AAE leader) is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow and Professor of Climate Change at the University of New South Wales. Working in both the Antarctic and Arctic, Chris is extending historic records of change in the polar regions back to 130,000 years ago to help better understand the future. Chris is the author of numerous books, scientific papers and magazine articles. His most recent book is called 1912: The Year The World Discovered Antarctica.


Chris Fogwill (AAE co-leader) is a glaciologist, oceanographer and palaeo-climatologist working to answer the big questions surrounding climate change, melting ice sheets and sea level rise. He has more than ten years of Antarctic deep field experience, together with multiple trips to both Greenland and the high Arctic. Chris uses direct geochronological techniques to reconstruct the Earth’s ice sheets and glaciers over timescales from centuries to millennia. He has also lead a new direction in Antarctic scientific research, developing independent scientifically-driven expeditions to remote localities in the interior of the Antarctic continent, in collaboration with Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE).


Greg Mortimer (AAE co-leader) is a geologist and mountaineer by profession. He has been involved in Antarctic science, tourism and private expeditions since 1979. Some of his achievements in mountaineering include: the first ever ascent of the South face of Annapurna Two in 1983; the first Australian ascent of the North face of Mount Everest, without the use of supplementary oxygen, in 1984; the first Australian ascent of Mount Vinson, the highest mountain in Antarctica, in 1988; in 1990 the first Australian ascent of K2: in 1994 the first ascent of Mt Chongtar which was the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. He has visited Antarctica more than 100 times.


Read more about the leaders here.

For the rest of the AEE members, see here.




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Updated map of the new route (click to enlarge).
courtesy Chris Turney / AAE 2013-14, SOURCE
Revised video for the expedition route and outlining the science program.
courtesy Spirit of Mawson AAE 2013-14, SOURCE