The Science

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

1. Variability of Tritium Deposition in Surface Snow Across Antarctica.
A study of the deposition rate of Tritium, a radioactive isotope of Hydrogen, across Antarctica. The data will be applied to better understand the global water cycle, which is important to understanding climate change.

2. Isotopic Composition of Surface Snow Across Antarctica.
A Coast to Coast Survey of the variability of isotope composition in precipitation across Antarctica, covering 640km of never before sampled ice. The data will be used to identify recent climate trends in Antarctica and thus gain a better understanding of the global water cycle.

3. ColdFacts 3000BX Weather Station Performance Test.
The first Antarctic test of 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.