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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Paul Anker

Drilling Engineer/Marine Tech

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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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Simon Mathis

PhD Student Adaptations

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Julius Rix

Ice Core Drilling Engineer

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Sarah Jacobs

Comms Engineer


Ground-based Ku-band microwave observations of ozone in the polar middle atmosphere

20 April, 2022 by David Newnham, Mark Clilverd, William Clark

Ground-based observations of 11.072 GHz atmospheric ozone (O3) emission have been made using the Ny-Ålesund Ozone in the Mesosphere Instrument (NAOMI) at the UK Arctic Research Station (latitude 78∘55′0′′ N, longitude 11∘55′59′′ E),…

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Continuous flow analysis methods for sodium, magnesium and calcium detection in the Skytrain ice core

1 February, 2022 by Jack Humby, Julius Rix, Liz Thomas, Rebecca Tuckwell, Robert Mulvaney

Dissolved and particulate sodium, magnesium and calcium are analyzed in ice cores to determine past changes in sea ice extent, terrestrial dust variability and atmospheric aerosol transport efficiency. They are…

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A new percussion hammer mechanism for a borehole deployable subglacial sediment corer

1 September, 2021 by Andy Smith, Dominic Hodgson, Daniel Ashurst, James Smith, Keith Makinson, Paul Anker, Peter Davis

Subglacial sediments have the potential to reveal information about the controls on glacier flow, changes in ice-sheet history and characterise life in those environments. Retrieving sediments from beneath the ice,…

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Breaking all the rules: The first recorded hard substrate sessile benthic community far beneath an Antarctic ice shelf

15 February, 2021 by Huw Griffiths, James Smith, Katrin Linse, Paul Anker

The seafloor beneath floating ice shelves accounts roughly a third of the Antarctic’s 5 million km2 of continental shelf. Prior to this study, our knowledge of these habitats and the…

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