Although we have an office at the station, most of our time we work from our ‘office’ at Williams Field, or Willy Field, as it is called (it seems nothing in McMurdo is called by its actual title), which is an airfield on the Ice Shelf. Our office is a tent, essentially a Quonset hut outfitted for Antarctic weather. (Quonset huts were first produced during WWII, designed as portable structures that could be easily assembled among few people. The hut received its name from Quonset Point, Rhode Island, where it was built). With two stoves, the tent is usually very warm, and often we shed our ECW and wear only baselayers or t-shirts.
Today we set up QC (quality check) laptops and prepared other corners of the office. The FDMS is plugged in and ready to go. I will write in more detail about QC procedures later.
The gravimeters and icepod still require assembly. More on that tomorrow!