Week 5: Goodbye Antarctica

Don’t get misled by the title!

This week kicked off with the leaving of a group of 12 person (scientists, artists and media people) to Korea (or to be more precise to Punta Arenas, Chile; and after 2 nights there they would fly to Paris and subsequently to Korea – a very long yet must be exciting  journey to get home). Dr Ahn was also in the group, and so was one of the divers. A reduced number of team members had somewhat taken a toll on us here in Antarctica, but it was not that bad since that was the plan and we have a comprehensive upcoming plan of what to do.

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Project description

My Antarctic project is a collaborative work with Prof. Dr. Peter Convey and Mr. Michael J. Dunn from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and Prof. Dr. David Pearce from Northumbria University, United Kingdom. Most of the laboratory work are conducted in National Antarctic Research Centre (NARC), University of Malaya under supervision of Prof. Dato’ Dr. Azizan Abu Samah and Prof. Dr. Irene Tan Kit Ping. Special thanks to the fellowship award funded by Yayasan Penyelidikan Antartika Sultan Mizan (YPASM) and funding from National Antarctic Research Centre (NARC), University of Malaya

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Week 3-4

In previous report, I briefly explained about the study my collaborator and I are doing in Antarctic Peninsula. Our works here are basically involving field work (or sampling) and laboratory works for sample processing and storage. All field works are done by the aid of SCUBA diving. These have been the routines of us here although at times we were unable to carry out our planned works due to weather condition. However, there are some social activities too.

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Week 1-2 : The Journey to Antarctic Peninsula

The journey to Antarctic Peninsula started from Punta Arenas, Chile, where I met the KOPRI’s team, and we departed for Antarctica using a chartered flight on 16th December 2012. The journey took just 2 hours. Flight stopped at the runway close to Russian and Chilean stations. From there, we went across the Marian Cove to King Sejong Station.

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