Il personale dell'Osservatorio è presente nella Base italiana Mario Zucchelli durante l'estate australe e nella Base italo-francese Concordia durante tutto l'anno.
Nota la differenza di temperatura tra le due Basi, Mario Zucchelli è situata sulla costa mentre Concordia si trova sul plateau antartico, a 1200 km dalla costa e a 3230 m sul livello del mare.
3 hours ago
Tracking Ele Seals there is only one name when it comes to that in the Southern Hemisphere and that’s my mate Clive. He has only recently got home from his most successful season to date and rather than me dribble on I’ll let him.....
Clive: This year three teams were deployed to a sub-Antarctic and two Antarctic sites: Iles Kerguelen (Clive, Coline, Hassen, Julie & Manon), Dumont d’Urville (Mark & Xavier) and Scot Base (Kim, Malcolm, Michelle, Rob & Sara). Collectively 76 Conductivity-Temperature-Depth (CTD) instruments were attached to 51 elephant seals at Iles Kerguelen and 25 to Weddell seals, eight at Dumont d’Urville and 17 at Scott Base. The tracks of the seals so far are summarised in the animation (thanks Xavier). Already the seals have collected 11 173 (1297 from Weddell Seals & 10 076 form elephant seals) CTD profiles from across more than a quarter of the Southern Ocean. These profiles provide vitally important information on the state (because this is the 15th - yes that’s right the 15th consecutive year of sampling) of the the all important Southern ocean and operational oceanography, for example feeding into ocean forecasts.
CONGRATULATIONS to all three teams on what was an exceptional field season you should all be very proud of a job very well done a huge THANK-YOU to all the station and support staff at the bases who make all the logistics seem so simple and course there are the 76 seals to whom we all owe a great debt for helping us better understand the physics of the Southern Ocean which is the heartbeat of the globe.
A special word of thanks to the French (IPEV, TAAF) and New Zealand Antarctic programs for making this all happen. ... See MoreSee Less