Twenty scientists from six different countries (Spain, Greece, France, United Kingdom, and United States of America) are travelling on board the scientific vessel BIO Hespérides in Antarctica.
Our mission is to study the Southern Ocean floor around Antarctica. The bottom of the ocean consists of sediments (sand and clay grains, fossils, pollen, etc.) that contain the records of the climatic and environmental conditions (warmth, cold, presence or absence of ice, etc.) at the time of their development. This information allows us to reconstruct one by one the book chapters of the history of the Earth and improve predictions on future changes (e.g., climate, geological risk, etc.).
For our study we use techniques and equipment on the ship or trailing behind. There is no need for us to dive into the cold waters that surround Antarctica. But we need to raffle fields of icebergs and sea ice, high seas in order to reach our study area: the north of the Antarctic Peninsula. In this blog, we will tell you about our scientific activities, life on board and life experiences.