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Due to COVID-19 the BLAKE Antarctic Ambassador programme is not available in 2020. 

Antarctica New Zealand is the government agency charged with carrying out New Zealand’s activities in Antarctica; supporting world leading science and environmental protection. Their vision is: Antarctica and the Southern Ocean – Valued, Protected, and Understood. We work to ensure that Antarctica’s environment continues to be protected, that scientists are supported to find the answers to complex scientific questions, and that science outcomes are communicated back to policy makers and the public.

GNS Science, Te Pū Ao, is New Zealand’s leading provider of Earth, geoscience and isotope research and consultancy services.

BLAKE, in partnership with Antarctica New Zealand and GNS Science, provide incredible opportunities for one young New Zealanders each year to visit Antarctica through the BLAKE Antarctic Ambassador programme.

BLAKE Antarctic Ambassadors work alongside teams of scientists, engineers and conservators on environmental projects in Antarctica and have been able to use their experience to inspire and educate others through their experience.

In doing so, this programme helps safeguard the future of the Antarctic environment by building capability and understanding in young New Zealanders.

Antarctica is the ultimate environment for experiential learning and adventure. Our Antarctic Ambassadors develop new skills, knowledge and networks in one of the most stunning and challenging environments on the planet.

BLAKE Antarctic Ambassador – 2019

As a child, Rachel spent many weekends exploring the Hauraki Gulf with her family, and grew up with a love of and fascination with the outdoors and the ocean. She enjoys kayaking, tramping and exploring and is about to graduate with Bachelor of Science from the University of Otago with majors in Oceanography and Geology.  […]

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BLAKE Antarctic Ambassador Programme – 2019

BLAKE Antarctic Ambassador – Antarctica New Zealand and GNS Science
Rachel Worthington (Otago)
12 December 2019 – 30 January 2020

In December 2019 Rachel Worthington joined an international team of scientists and BLAKE Programme Manager Jacob Anderson to measure the greenhouse gas potential trapped in Antarctica’s permafrost (perennially frozen ground) in the McMurdo Dry Valleys.

During her time, Rachel spent four weeks camping in below zero conditions learning about geophysical techniques and contributing to the international effort to understand the full challenge of climate change from natural feedbacks in greenhouse gas emissions.

Some of the activities Rachel took part in included:

  • Assisting with an electrical resistivity survey
  • Camping in below zero conditions for a month
  • Conducting water and soil sampling
  • Assisting with data processing
  • Assisting with sample analysis at Scott Base
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