Training In Edinburgh With British Geological Survey

This entry is part 8 of 47 in the series British Antarctic Survey
National and Nelson's Monuments, Edinburgh
National and Nelson’s Monuments at night, Edinburgh

Another of my responsibilities upon arrival in South Georgia will be regular recordings of the Earth Magnetic Fields for the British Geological Survey. This data will be used to ensure that the data that they are collecting remotely is all correct. In order to do this I visited the offices of the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh where I met some of the team and was trained to use a Magnetometer (the equipment I will be using in South Georgia).

Once I had the technique nailed, I had a bit of time to wonder around the beautiful city and take a few snaps. For anyone hoping to take in the sunset here, I would recommend heading to Calton Hill. This high vantage point gives you incredible views of various monuments (Dugald Stewart, national, and Nelson’s) , the castle, Arthur’s Seat, the island of Inchkeith and Princess Street.

National and Nelson's Monuments, Edinburgh
National and Nelson’s Monuments at sunset, Edinburgh

 

Dugald Stewart Monument at Sunset with cranes
Dugald Stewart Monument at Sunset with cranes
Edinburghs Dugald Stewart monument and castle at night
Edinburghs Dugald Stewart monument and castle at night

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Pre Deployment Training

This entry is part 8 of 47 in the series British Antarctic Survey

Before the British Antarctic Survey allow me to go to South Georgia; I have an intensive schedule of courses in just about every corner of the country to attend.

First up was conference, in Cambridge, which involved a series of lectures and workshops ran by British Antarctic Survey personnel. This aimed to give us a better idea of what to expect when we get down south and also allow us to better understand the breadth of work carried out by the British Antarctic Survey. It was great to meet the 8 people that are going to be stuck with me in South Georgia and also talk to people that have been their previously and hear about how incredible it is.

British Antarctic Survey Winterers Conference team
British Antarctic Survey Winterers Conference team

 

Since there is such a small group of us going and we will be working in very isolated conditions, as well as our designated job roles we have a number of other responsibilities whilst we are south which we need to be trained for. As a result conference also involved Oil Spill Response Training, First Aid Training and Fire Training.

Deployment of booms during oil spill response training
Deployment of booms during oil spill response training

 

 

 

Our Station Commander extinguishing a fire during training
Our Station Commander extinguishing a fire during training