Aitana’s role as Principal Investigator for Physical Oceanography is to support instrument deployment and data collection, including the deployment of 9 drifting wave buoys for MetOcean Solutions and the New Zealand Defence Technology Agency.
“I am delighted to be part of this important voyage,” says Aitana. “I have been to Antarctic waters once before, but this time we are going much closer to the continent, which will make for a very interesting trip.”
The research project, entitled ‘Taking the pulse of the Ross Sea outflow’ focuses on collecting data to further the understanding of water movement between the shallow shelf and the deeper ocean. How the Ross Sea outflow changes over time is important for our understanding of future Southern Ocean and South Pacific climate.
During the voyage, Aitana will contribute to the mission blog, which can be found at www.oceanphysicsauckland.co.nz