SA Antarctic expedition: 'We'll be flying drones to find openings in the ice'

Dr Sarah Fawcett at the UCT Department of Oceanography is a member of the team of South Africans heading to the Weddell Sea region of Antarctica in January and February 2019.

The expedition of 30 people plans to study the ice shelf and marine life of the Larsen C Ice Shelf and search for early explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s team's ship the Endurance which sank there in 1915.

University of Cape Town‚ Nelson Mandela University and the South African Environmental Observation Network researchers will be setting out on this voyage. Fawcett chats to CapeTalk's John Maytham about the exciting expedition planned.

We will be flying drones above the ice so we can see openings in the ice...because one of the problems Shackleton had was having no way of knowing where the open water was. And we will be able to overcome that problem with technology.

Dr Sarah Fawcett, UCT Department of Oceanography and member of the Antarctica expedition

This expedition is taking place on our very own research vessel, the S.A. Agulhas II and she is a new, very modern technologically advanced ice-breaking ship. And that's part of the reason why this is even possible.

Dr Sarah Fawcett, UCT Department of Oceanography and member of the Antarctica expedition

Listen to more about this exciting expedition:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Mulan actress wades into Hong Kong-protests row

Mulan actress wades into Hong Kong-protests row

Liu Yifei is being condemned for the social media post in which she expressed her support for the Hong Kong police.

New website offers support to domestic abuse survivors

New website offers support to domestic abuse survivors

The Warrior Project provides victims of domestic abuse and gender-based violence with access to information and resources.

'Not impossible' wife killer Rob Packham would reoffend if released - prosecutor

'Not impossible' wife killer Rob Packham would reoffend if released - prosecutor

Susan Galloway talks to Melanie Rice about the extensive public interest in the Packham and the Van Breda murder trials.

Meet Knowledge Bengu – Master of the SA Agulhas II

Meet Knowledge Bengu – Master of the SA Agulhas II

From a township in Durban to the command of a research vessel breaking through Antarctica ice - meet Captain Knowledge Bengu.

SA man helps break world record for fastest drive from Nordkapp, Norway to Cape

SA man helps break world record for fastest drive from Nordkapp, Norway to Cape

The team traveled from Africa's most southern tip to the most northern point of Europe in under 9 days, and all for a good cause.

Know your internationally-recognised Blue Flag beaches

Know your internationally-recognised Blue Flag beaches

Here's a guide to your South African beaches that meet a standard of excellence in safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental awareness.

Popular articles
Impact of new debt-relief bill will be 'severe'

Impact of new debt-relief bill will be 'severe'

The National Credit Amendment Bill aims to help indebted consumers earning less that R7,500 per month, restructure their debt.

Ramaphosa seems to be clueless now - Sikonathi Mantshantsha

Ramaphosa seems to be clueless now - Sikonathi Mantshantsha

Daily Maverick's Mantshantsha says the country has been waiting a long time for the economy to be turned around.

'The comedy of errors shows Mkhwebane serving Absa a subpoena intended for FNB'

'The comedy of errors shows Mkhwebane serving Absa a subpoena intended for FNB'

Mail & Guardian investigative editor Thanduxolo Jika unpacks the Public Protector's legal battles.

Clamp down on unregistered 'security guards' near Woodstock's Old Biscuit Mill

Clamp down on unregistered 'security guards' near Woodstock's Old Biscuit Mill

Joint law enforcement operation after visitors in Cape Town complained of being coerced into paying R50 to park on the street.

[WATCH] 'I'm not trying to justify what she did,' Zephany Nurse in her own words

[WATCH] 'I'm not trying to justify what she did,' Zephany Nurse in her own words

Stolen from her mother's bedside as a newborn 22 years ago, Zephany or Miché Solomon as she is now known, tells her story.

Tributes pour in for 'approachable but private' design icon Carrol Boyes

Tributes pour in for 'approachable but private' design icon Carrol Boyes

The designer and businesswoman passed away on Wednesday night following a brief illness, her company confirmed.

You'll want to read your car tracker's terms and conditions after seeing this

You'll want to read your car tracker's terms and conditions after seeing this

Consumer journalist Wendy Knowler helps one concerned listener who discovered some worrying information about her car tracker.