There’s no test. But you will learn fancy words like phytoplankton and microplastics, as well as how to collect seawater samples, or track whales using Happywhale, which is all pretty cool stuff.
We begin our program as soon as we are in the Southern Ocean and continue throughout the voyage. There will be multiple chances to join in on several different unique projects while on board and on shore, whether you’re interested in Oceanography, Glaciology, Ornithology, Marine Biology or Meteorology.
As always in Antarctica, the best-laid plans can change with the weather, but our Citizen Science coordinator will keep you posted on each day’s projects.
I am deeply grateful for the wonderful partnership [with Polar Latitudes] engaging visitors in this environment, fulfilling scientific data gaps in current climate research, and inspiring a new community of Antarctic Ambassadors!
- Phytoplankton studies for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Mapping the health of the Antarctic Biosphere
- Penguin surveys for Dr Heather Lynch at Stony Brook University
Click here to see an NBC News report with Dr Lynch about this project
Click here to read an article on how this project impacts all Antarctic stakeholders
- Mapping cloud patterns for NASA's Globe Observer
Tracking changes in clouds in support of climate research.
- Salp Project for the Alfred Wegener Institute
Tracking the increase in salp levels at landing sites
- Measuring ocean salinity and temperature using CastAway
Building a database of levels in specific fjord systems
- Photographing and identifying whales using Happywhale
Tracking the migratory and feeding patterns of whales worldwide.
Follow our whales here!