Moving Forward: Successful SCINI Sea-Ice Test and Drillers Complete Equipment Loading for Traverse


SALSA Field Report 11.19.2018 SCINI Update On November 18, the SCINI team of Chief Engineer Bob Zook and ROV Operator Mark Bowling successfully tested Deep SCINI (Submersible Capable of Under Ice Navigation and Imaging) with the clump weight in 2,000 feet of ocean water below the sea ice near McMurdo Station. The ROV was connected … Continue reading Moving Forward: Successful SCINI Sea-Ice Test and Drillers Complete Equipment Loading for Traverse

First Taste of the Field: SCINI Team Sea Ice Test & Geophysics “Deep Field Shakedown”


SALSA Field Report 11.12.18 SCINI Update With assistance from Driller Graham Roberts, the SCINI (Submersible Capable of Under Ice Navigation and Imaging) team of Chief Engineer Bob Zook, and ROV Operator Mark Bowling successfully tested the clump weight below the sea ice near McMurdo Station. But what is a clump weight and how is it … Continue reading First Taste of the Field: SCINI Team Sea Ice Test & Geophysics “Deep Field Shakedown”

Lake Mercer Update: An Unprecedented Window into Subglacial Lake Draining


Lake Mercer Science Updates Mercer Subglacial Lake is a hydraulically active lake that lies more 1000m beneath the Whillans Ice Plain, a fast moving section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. GPS stations have been installed at the Mercer Subglacial Lake site for over a decade and, with the return of the sun to power … Continue reading Lake Mercer Update: An Unprecedented Window into Subglacial Lake Draining

Geophysics Team Arrive on Ice / Progress for Drillers and SCINI


SALSA Field Report 11.3.18 The SALSA Surface Geophysics has arrived on ice. The team is lead by SALSA Principal Investigator Helen Fricker who is staying in the US where she will manage the SALSA Geophysics Team, do media and public briefings, continue her role as Science Team member on NASA’s ICESat-2 mission, and take care … Continue reading Geophysics Team Arrive on Ice / Progress for Drillers and SCINI

Drillers and ROV Team Arrive on Ice


SALSA Field Report 10.30.18 Five members of the SALSA team have arrived in McMurdo station. Lead Driller Dennis Duling, Driller Graham Roberts, and Driller Jonas Kalin are preparing drilling equipment to be brought to Lake Mercer and ROV Chief Engineer Bob Zook and ROV Operator Mark Bowling are preparing the SCINI (Submersible Capable of Under … Continue reading Drillers and ROV Team Arrive on Ice