Life at the stations is very safe and comfortable. When people go out to do research ‘in the field’ they have to be very careful to keep warm. Hypothermia (meaning lowering of body temperature below the normal) is the most dangerous risk. This is why it is so important to keep warm and dry—taking the correct clothes and equipment with you is essential.
When people go out in the field they either live in fibreglass huts called apples or special tents. Polar Pyramid tents sleep two comfortably. These tents can survive very strong winds, one having survived at Ardery Island over the entire 1998 winter season.