Antarctic marine engineering team

The  Antarctic Marine Engineering Team is responsible for providing engineering support and expertise in the design, development, manufacture and support of equipment used to conduct BAS research. Disciplines include electronic, mechanical, software and communications engineering.

The team’s main function is to develop systems for science data acquisition purposes. The  requirements of these systems are often quite diverse and usually unique in their design. Much of the equipment is specially developed and is application specific. However, the group has developed equipment that has applications in other areas and where practical this technology has been utilised on other programmes.

The group provides support during many science programmes and has key responsibilities for marine science cruises and airborne survey work. Coupled with this is a requirement to provide engineering support in areas such as communications and systems monitoring.

The team has a very wide remit at BAS and is dedicated to providing a high quality engineering service to its users, whilst maintaining quality, flexibility and efficiency.

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Michael Rose

Head of Science Engineering

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Carl Robinson

Head of Airborne Survey Technology

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Peter Enderlein

Head of AME Mechanical Engineering

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Scott Polfrey

Mechanical Engineer

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Bjorg Apeland

Mechanical Engineer

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Paul Anker

Drilling Engineer/Marine Tech

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Neil Cobbett

Electronics Engineer

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David Maxfield

Electronics Engineer

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David Goodger

Head of Electronics Services

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Carson McAfee

Electronics Engineer

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Mark Preston

Electronics Engineer

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Julius Rix

Ice Core Drilling Engineer

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Ross Sanders

Electronics Engineer

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Sarah Jacobs

Comms Engineer


Diurnal cycle of coastal anthropogenic pollutant transport over southern West Africa during the DACCIWA campaign

14 January, 2019 by Russell Ladkin

During the monsoon season, pollutants emitted by large coastal cities and biomass burning plumes originating from Central Africa have complex transport pathways over Southern West Africa (SWA). The Dynamics–Aerosol–Chemistry–Cloud–Interactions in…

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Threatened species drive the strength of the carbonate pump in the northern Scotia Sea

2 November, 2018 by Clara Manno, Geraint Tarling, Gabriele Stowasser, Peter Enderlein, Sophie Fielding

The efficiency of deep-ocean CO2 sequestration is regulated by the relative balance between inorganic and organic carbon export respectively acting through the biological carbon pump (BCP) and the carbonate counter…

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Benthic biodiversity in the South Orkney Islands Southern Shelf Marine Protected Area

20 June, 2018 by Alexander Tate, Hilary Blagbrough, Huw Griffiths, Katrin Linse, Oliver Hogg, Peter Enderlein, Phil Trathan, Susie Grant

The South Orkney Islands Southern Shelf (SOISS) Marine Protected Area (MPA) was the first MPA to be designated entirely within the high seas and is managed under the Commission for…

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In situ measurements of cloud microphysics and aerosol over coastal Antarctica during the MAC campaign

6 November, 2017 by Amelie Kirchgaessner, Constantino Listowski, Russell Ladkin, Thomas Lachlan-Cope

During austral summer 2015, the Microphysics of Antarctic Clouds (MAC) field campaign collected unique and detailed airborne and ground-based in situ measurements of cloud and aerosol properties over coastal Antarctica…

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Biological and physical characterization of the seabed surrounding Ascension Island from 100–1000 m

1 June, 2017 by Chester Sands, David Barnes, Elanor Gowland, Oliver Hogg, Peter Enderlein, Simon Morley

Recent studies have improved our understanding of nearshore marine ecosystems surrounding Ascension Island (central Atlantic Ocean), but little is known about Ascension's benthic environment beyond its shallow coastal waters. Here,…

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Controls over Ocean Mesopelagic Interior Carbon Storage (COMICS): fieldwork, synthesis and modelling efforts

1 August, 2016 by Eugene Murphy, Geraint Tarling, Gabriele Stowasser, Peter Enderlein, Sophie Fielding

The ocean’s biological carbon pump plays a central role in regulating atmospheric CO2 levels. In particular, the depth at which sinking organic carbon is broken down and respired in the…

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