The Science of Willis Resilience

27th November 2013, 09:17am

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Amidst the delays to the Willis Resilience Expedition, the team have been preparing all of the scientific equipment that Parker will be deploying as part of his scientific research.

The Willis Resilience Expedition will undertake three distinct scientific research programs that will contribute to a better understanding of our changing climate.

Once Parker and the Willis Resilience Team touch down at Union Glacier in Antarctica, they will then drive Ice Broker to the South Pole. On arrival, this will mark the first part of the expedition, where Parker will conduct a series of scientific research: studying the variability of tritium deposition in surface snow and surveying the variability of isotope composition in precipitation across Antarctica, covering 640km, as well as deploying the lightweight weather station.

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The Willis Resilience Expedition will mark the first Antarctic test of ColdFacts 3000BX – the lightweight, easy to deploy, mobile weather station. Performance indicators will help improve the station for possible future permanent deployments on the continent. The data collected will be compared against nearby established stations for indication of accuracy.
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After completing the scientific section of the expedition, which will bring the Willis Resilience team to the South Pole for the first time, they will drive Ice Broker South to the Ross Ice Shelf, which will be the start point for the unsupported Speed World Record attempt that Parker and Doug will undertake over 22 days.