S. A. Agulhas II.

Weddell Sea Expedition: Science programme complete

At the start of January 2019, Dr Jeff Evans, a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography in the School of Social Sciences, boarded the 134m-long S. A. Agulhas II – one of the largest and most modern research ships anywhere in the world.

The Loughborough University academic joined more than 30 international scientists from different scientific fields and renowned organisations on the Weddell Sea Expedition, which is to attempt to locate and survey the wreck of Shackleton’s ship ‘Endurance’ and increase understanding of Larsen-C, one of the largest ice shelves in Antarctica.

The expedition’s science programme has been completed and many of the scientists – including Dr Evans – have now bid a fond farewell to the S.A.Agulhas II as it heads to the Endurance wreck site.

Dr Evans has carried out extensive research into ice-mass and environmental change in the Arctic and Antarctic and participated and co-led the coring work on Larsen-C.

He discusses how the science programme went in his latest blog post and what’s next for the ship. Read it here.

Larsen-C ice shelf.