This week at Davis

  • Davis station forecaster at work in office

    26 February 2010

    Davis, "The Riviera of the South", has had a very balmy summer, so it can come as a surprise when the more usual Antarctic weather sets in and hangs around for a while.

  • Davis expeditioner meets local sea creatures at Davis

    19 February 2010

    With winds consistently blowing around the 30 knot mark and gusting into the 50s, a weekend indoors was assured. Friday drinks, aptly titled "Bugs in the Bar" was hosted by the marine scientists and divers, who showed us many fascinating local sea critters.

  • New faces coming in from the ship and container being craned off the barge

    12 February 2010

    The Aurora Australis arrives and departs with resupply, LIDAR operations and rare night-shining clouds, sewerage science, music bands, darts and muesli.

  • Davis expeditioner working on the walkway

    5 February 2010

    Work programs, building projects, diving and AMISOR field work and socialising continue unabated

  • Davis expeditioners form quartet on station

    29 January 2010

    Robbie Burns night and Australia Day celebrations with international visitors, diving program underway and an exploding lake.

  • The new living quarters construction at Davis

    22 January 2010

    Great weather, station water system, diving, living quarters' construction, glaciology, and visits to Russian and Chinese stations.

  • Davis living quarters' construction

    15 January 2010

    Progress with building works, the arrival of Aurora Australis and continuing station maintenance

  • The AMISOR Camp

    8 January 2010

    Food and fun at Christmas and New Year's celebrations, international hospitality with Chinese, Russian and Indian expeditioners, and drysuit diving in freezing waters.

  • Davis Summer Station Group Photo

    18 December 2009

    The sea ice finally breaks away, new living quarters under construction, regular trips to prepare the Woop Woop skiway for January flights, visiting Russian geologists, details of science programs progress (LIDAR, AMISOR, emperor penguin chick tracking, collecting for the new aquarium and meteorological observations), preparations for a field trip to the Chinese station Zhong Shan underway, Christmas preparations and powerhouse maintenance still has the coffee machine out of action.

  • Sea ice at Davis still reaches out almost 10 kms

    11 December 2009

    Ten kms of sea ice still remains, chopper trips to investigate reports of a new emperor penguin colony, LIDAR news with the first summer polar mesopheric clouds (indicators of climate change) detected, and powerhouse maintenance sadly takes out the coffee machine.

  • Restocking the Green Store fresh and dried goods

    4 December 2009

    Resupply delivers fresh goodies to restock the pantry, fridge and field fuel depots, tradies quietly restore living conditions, the continuing AMISOR ice shelf project and new diving project to assess sewerage impacts off to a successful start, Weddell seal and Adelie penguin surveys completed, field training continues and newest Antarctic Specially Protected Area, Amanda Bays emperor penguins visited.

  • 27 November 2009

    Davis has been a flurry of activity with the late arrival of V1 to the fast ice, followed by poor weather, resupply operations had a slow start. However the operation had been well planned and with many very experienced old …

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