Office on the Airfield

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.

Susan Howard (from Earth and Space Research) adds a chunk of snow to the pot above the stove. 
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.

Powering the copier and archiver is Chris Bertinato (pod engineer from Columbia University).
Ask Isabel Cordero (from Columbia University)  what and where just about anything is here — she’ll find it. 
The gravimeters and icepod still require assembly. More on that tomorrow!


Author: Alec Lockett

Alec grew up in Belmont, MA and graduated with a degree in Geology in May 2017 from Colorado College. His senior thesis used gravity and magnetic data from the ROSETTA-Ice 2015-2016 field season to interpret and characterize the bedrock beneath the Ross Ice Shelf, West Antarctica. The project is an interdisciplinary effort with the aim of understanding the systems interaction between the Ross Ice Shelf, underlying water and bedrock through an airborne geophysical survey. Geophysics, along with remote sensing (of the cryosphere) and structural geology, are some of Alec’s overarching interests, which grew while working in Antarctica with members of the ROSETTA-Ice group during the 2016-2017 season. Alec is participating in field data collection once more this fall/winter (Antarctic summer). Interests outside of geology include reading, hiking, skiing and biking.

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