Julian visits many of New Zealand's wild places with geoscientists studying rocks, glaciers, volcanoes and fossils
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Saturday, 14 February 2009
Aoraki Mount Cook ice core site reconnaissance
I am in Aoraki Mount Cook village with a group of scientists and others to help select the best possible sites for our ice core drilling season that is planned for June.
The people at the meeting all have valuable knowledge and experience to help in the selection – Amongst us there are glaciologists who have done research all over the world as well as New Zealand, an air pilot with detailed local knowledge, a Department of Conservation officer with extensive mountaineering and search and rescue experience. All of the people here have experience of working in the harsh, wild and remote conditions of the Southern Alps. Here I will introduce some of the team:
Uwe Morgenstern from GNS Science is the leader of the New Zealand Alpine Ice Core Expedition.
Trevor Chinn has an in depth knowledge of the glaciers of the Southern Alps.
Ray Bellringer works for the Department of Conservation and has an intimate knowledge of the mountains of the Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park, as well as an understanding of the hazards of the environment from his experience with the Search and Rescue team.
Paul Mayewski from the US is a pioneer of ice core and climate change research. He has led a number of major international research expedtions in Greenland, the Himalaya and Antarctica.