Some images from the Whaler’s Bay at Stewart Island

The artefacts left behind when the Whalers left in 1932 are still to see today. It is a heritage site and of great value for resesarcher of maritime history and for the history of whaling in the Southern Ocean.



Propellers from the ships on the shore



Part of an engine used at the base



Part of the slipway






Public Talk – Cashmere Friendship Club

19 September: I gave a public talk in the Cashmere Friendship Club in the afternoon. 3 men have been to the Antarctic in the 1980s and 1990s. They were astonished how much has changed about the gear and the health and safety procedures. It was interesting to talk to them about it. My presentation was well received and I could once again talk about my passion: Research and Antarctic.


Weddell Seals – picture from 2016


Work at Stewart Island

4 – 8 September I was in at Stewart Island to collect images from whaling logbooks in the Rakiura Museum. It took some preparation time but I found some data in the end. The Museum is run by volunteers and so it took some time to arrange the meeting. I had also the chance to see the Norwegian Whaler’s Base – it had nothing to do with the whaling process as such but the whaling ships were repaired there when they came back from the Ross Sea. The business closed in 1932. It is a very interesting part of the whaling history in the Southern Ocean.

Now I am cataloging the images and write my final report – my work ends for NSC-DS at 29 September 2017.


One of the whaling logbooks in the Rakiura Museum


Some new material for NSC-DS

I was today at the museum at Stewart Island and found some material for the project. However, most of the whalers’ logbooks are back in Norway. When they were out for the catch, they were often not very keen to write down their position – so sometimes the information is a bit on the thin side.

I saw also the Whaler’s Base. It was interesting to learn that in a short time the whalers built a great Base but it was not profitable enough to sustain. It ended in 1932 in Stewart Island. It was closely linked to the Ross Sea Whaling.


POLAR2018 – SCAR OSC in Davos, Switzerland, in 2018

Next year is the SCAR OSC in Davos in Switzerland.

POLAR2018 –Where the Poles come together
A SCAR/IASC Conference
Davos – Switzerland
15 – 26 June 2018
Call for Abstracts – Open Science Conference

This is the session which I will convene at this conference. If you are interested in submitting an abstract to this session, my fellow convenors and I would be pleased to meet you in Davos next year.

SH Social Sciences and Humanities & AC Atmosphere, Climate

 Session Number SH-8

Session Title
Data science for polar environments – discovery, rescue, and mining
 Session Description

This session brings together two communities who recover and interpret historic information, the users of environmental data and the community applying new data mining methodologies to that data. While observational data near the poles are still sparse, the quantity of data from historical records, satellite observations, reanalyses and climate models is growing constantly. To improve our understanding of the complete climate system, it will be critical to take full advantage of the recent data available and to link it to historical reference data.

Contributions on improving understanding and modeling of the Polar climate system through data rescue, data mining and machine learning methods are welcome. Studies that develop and implement new data‐mining methods for climate diagnosis in the atmosphere, ocean or cryosphere are encouraged, but submissions that integrate information from multiple components of the climate

system are particularly welcome. Historic records are vital for a better understanding of changes in Polar environment such as climate, landscape, flora and fauna. Recent advances in image and data processing, digitizing, and crowd sourcing allow placing this information in a better spatio‐temporal context. Abstracts from historians, humanities and GIS researchers dealing with the recovery, visualization, and interpretation of information from indigenous narratives, log‐books, maps and diaries are welcome.

Lead Convener: Ursula Rack
Affiliation lead-convener: Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Co-convener 1: Adrian McDonald
Affiliation: Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Co-convener 2: Thomas Mote
Affiliation: Department of Geography, University of Georgia, USA
 Co-convener 3: David B Reusch,
Affiliation: Department of Earth and Environmental Science, New Mexico Tech, USA
 Co-convener 4: Petteri Uotila
Affiliation: Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland
Co-convener 5: Clive Wilkinson
Affiliation: Climate Research Unit, University of East Anglia, UK

Submit an abstract


Today’s data collection in the Antarctic

28 August – talk at the Pegasus Ladies Club in New Brighton.

Last week I gave a talk on my time in the Antarctic at the Pegasus Ladies Club in New Brighton. There were approx. 70 ladies present. It was a very nice group and they were really interested in the topic. Also, this group asked me to come again to their meeting with another talk. This is always a nice feedback.


 Me, digging out the weather station in January 2016

Merid’s Ladies Club talk




Human footprint in the Antarctic


The ladies at the Merid’s Ladies Club invited me again to talk about my quilting and the quilt exhibition at Scott Base in 2015/16 when I was down with the PCAS course. The ladies were very interested and had many questions about the Antarctic even when I gave a talk at this club half a year ago on that topic. It was great to see that my presentation left an impression on them and was still a matter of interest. It was a great feeling to see them so enthusiastic about the quilts and the Antarctic.



Nature – Antarctic