Drilling Engineer/Marine Tech
My role within the Polar Oceans group encompasses both hot water drilling activities and oceanographic mooring operations.
Hot water drilling is used by Polar Oceans as an access tool to the oceans beneath ice shelves but they are also used to access subglacial environments. I am involved in designing, developing, maintaining and operating these drilling systems in both Antarctic and Arctic settings. I have extensive experience of Antarctic fieldwork and the diverse technical requirements of operating in extreme environments.
As a marine technician I am responsible for the recovery and deployment of oceanographic moorings in the Southern Ocean and have significant experience working at sea and operating numerous oceanographic instruments. I have also piloted the BAS autonomous glider fleet and helped develop the early implementation of these vehicles into the pool of oceanographic tools employed by Polar Oceans.
Rosier, Sebastian H.R., Hofstede, C., Brisbourne, Alex M., Hattermann, T., Nicholls, Keith W., Davis, Peter E.D., Anker, Paul G.D., Hillenbrand, Claus-Dieter, Smith, Andy M., Corr, Hugh F.J.. (2018) A new bathymetry for the southeastern Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf: implications for modern oceanographic processes and glacial history. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 123. 4610-4623. 10.1029/2018JC013982
Makinson, Keith, Anker, Paul G.D.. (2014) The BAS ice shelf hot water drill: design, methods and tools. Annals of Glaciology, 55. 44-52. 10.3189/2014AoG68A030
Venables, Emily, Nicholls, Keith, Wolk, Fabian, Makinson, Keith, Anker, Paul. (2014) Measuring turbulent dissipation rates beneath an Antarctic ice shelf. Marine Technology Society Journal, 48. 18-24. doi:10.4031/MTSJ.48.5.8
Hot Water Drilling