The HASSEG workshop started with an APECS workshop on 4 July in Hobart. I have been invited to act as mentor for one of the sessions: applying for research funding for the COMNAP Research Fellowship. In this group we were 3 mentors: Alan Hemmings who is reviewing applications, one successful SCAR applicant and me. The discussion was good and the interested young researcher will be – hopefully – one of the successful applicants for the future. The COMNAP fellowship was a great starting point for me personally what lead into the work I am doing now for the NSC-DS.
It is great to work in these archives here. I could lots achieve here and the people are so nice and helpful. I learned a lot this week and I am glad that I could find lots of material for the project (NSC-DS). Lighthouse logbooks are fascinating – and there are so many different kinds of it. That is all very informative. I like it.
The imaging of the pages is sometimes a bit tricky (format is unusual to our paper formats today) but it works – takes only a bit more time.
It is great to be here!
Since Wednesday (22 March) I am in Auckland to meet Drew Lorrey (my boss at NIWA) to discuss further progress for the NSC-DS which ends for me at 30 June 2017. However, this does not stop me to continue the work in searching logbooks to collect weather data. The Maritime Museum has logbooks but mainly in diary format what is not of use for our project.
I submitted my report for the NSC DS. I assessed 46500 images of logbooks, registers, and correspondence to gather weather information. The oldest logbook was from 1770 and the youngest from 1887. The material was partly very poor quality what made the reading challenging. However, there was some information useful for the project. It was an interesting research. I assessed many convict ships on their way to Australia. Gives one an interesting insight of populating the continent by the Europeans.
The next stage is the search for more logbooks here in NZ. Some archives, museums and libraries have material but many I contacted have no logbooks in their collections. That means: searching harder to find what we need.
One little example of the images I worked with:
It is now one month that we have been to the Antarctic. New impressions shaped my picture of Antarctica. But now is time to concentrate on writing and the “normal” work again.
I will submit another Marsden Fast Start proposal and work already on that.
I have started to work as part time employed subcontractor for NIWA for the National Science Challenge. I assess logbooks and have to catalog them for the weather modeling system which is a focus from that project. Logbooks are a valuable source of information on social conditions on board and data such as weather conditions. The material I have to work with are logbooks which were traveling to Australia and New Zealand. I started with the systematic search for data and learned already a vast amount about ships, what happened in the colonies and many more details. The first set of data is dated from the 1840s on.
Another work I will finish soon is a book chapter for the Routledge handbook for Polar Regions. I wrote in a former post about it, but I am close to finish the first draft. Exploring and mapping Antarctica is the theme of my chapter. It is exciting to work on that and it will bring new insight into the history of Antarctic exploration.
Busy times! One of the reasons is preparing talks and lectures for ANTA 102.
I give a talk at the History Seminar series on Wednesday, 18th March, 12-1pm in Arts Lecture Theater A8 which is only held during the term time.
The talk is on my preliminarily results on the COMNAP project. I was rewarded with an COMNAP research fellowship in 2012/13 and this research is still going on. It turned out that there is so much more material which has to be processed to get a solid database on historic weather data. An article will be published in Juli with some of the results of my research so far in the Polar Journal.
Me with a modern weather station in the Antarctic at the PCAS course 2014/15.
I have just been elected as chair of the NZ Antarctic Society, Canterbury Branch. You can find us on Facebook here. The New Zealand Antarctic Society was formed in 1933 and has branches in New Zealand’s main centres as well as an international membership. Except for a small recess during World War 2 it has been active throughout New Zealand since 1933. There are currently three active branches in New Zealand
Antarctic – Our journal