A Volunteer in Godzone (aka New Zealand) 500
A Volunteer in Godzone (aka New Zealand)
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There's obviously more than one IET volunteer resident in New Zealand (aka Godzone), but I don't think anyone else is blogging yet, so first in, first served (mwahahahaha).  I volunteer in a variety of roles - currently I'm a committee member of my Local Network (South Island), a member of NZ Forum, and chair of the Communities Committee - Asia Pacific (CC-AP) (which also means I'm a member of the Communities Resourcing Committee (CRC)).
 

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Hot Weather And Heated Debates 5279

OK, I may be exaggerating slightly - I'm not sure that the debates actually got all that heated...  But I should start at the start!  And the start is full of acronyms (be warned).  Last month was the Communities Committee - Europe, Middle East, and Africa (CC-EMEA) Communities Volunteer Conference (CVC) - and as a result the Communities Resourcing ...

A Not-about-Antarctica Blog Post 5083

So I was intending to write another blog post about Antarctica, but I just haven't managed to get the time.  And it's now been several months, so I thought perhaps I should just update you all on my IET happenings since I got back.  It's been a busy few months, and a really busy few weeks - I've had three IET meetings on three Saturdays in a row.  I mean, who needs ...

More Digging? Seriously? We Have To Dig To Do Research? 4669

Now some of you may have got the impression that we went to Antarctica to have fun.  I feel the need to point out that we were there as part of a Postgraduate Certificate , so it wasn’t all trips to wastewater plants and atmospheric research sites ! (Honestly - who can think of something more fun to do than tour poo-treatment facilities?)  We also did some ...

What’s Darth Vader Doing In Antarctica? 4652

So I may be guilty of exaggerating slightly – Darth Vader himself is obviously not in Antarctica .  But he does feature on an important piece of equipment at Arrival Heights – the Dobson Ozone Spectrophotometer (Dobson) .  (Try saying that three times quickly!)  We visited Arrival Heights for PCAS (see previous blog posts if you don’t know what I’m ...

What To Do With Poo When At The Bottom Of The World? 4639

Now I know this isn't the nicest topic out there, but in Antarctica, human waste is a major talking point - especially once you're out in the field.  Our group went over the arrangements before we left Christchurch, so we all knew what to expect - and as it's one of the things I keep getting asked about now that I'm home, I thought I'd share it with you.  Aren't ...

Weather Station And Glacier Fun In Antarctica 4632

Whilst at our campsite (see previous blog entries if you don't know what I'm talking about), we set up a few things for recording local information.  One was a weather station (photo below), which collected all of the usual basic weather station data, such as temperature, wind speed, and wind direction, as well as some other cool things like radiation ...