Dr Wan Mohd Rauhan Wan Hussin, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT)

Dr Wan Mohd Rauhan Wan Hussin, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT)

Current Location: Kim Sejong Station, Antarctica

Project Title: Benthic Ecosystem Function under Different Climate Conditions in the Polar Region

Partner: Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI)

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Week 6: A Surprise Visit

This was the most successful week for us. We were able to go sampling nearly every day. That’s very rare in Antarctica.

Apart from our routine benthic sampling, we also went sampling to measure the seawater characteristics (such as salinity, temperature, and chlorophyll-a). This time we went with other group who work on plankton.  Since boat work is of interest to many people, there were also 2 terrestrial (land) ecologists came along to join us. And, not to forget, an assistant cook who also turned up to give a hand.

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Week 5: Goodbye Antarctica

Don’t get misled by the title!

This week kicked off with the leaving of a group of 12 person (scientists, artists and media people) to Korea (or to be more precise to Punta Arenas, Chile; and after 2 nights there they would fly to Paris and subsequently to Korea – a very long yet must be exciting  journey to get home). Dr Ahn was also in the group, and so was one of the divers. A reduced number of team members had somewhat taken a toll on us here in Antarctica, but it was not that bad since that was the plan and we have a comprehensive upcoming plan of what to do.

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