Last September WCE project coordinator and glaciologist Jan Lenaerts was awarded the InBev-Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship in Brussels. He will use the research grant of €150,000 to visit Antarctica to do fieldwork.
Two weeks ago, on the 15th of November, Jan has left for Cape Town where he has changed flights to Antarctica. Currently he is staying at the Belgium station Princess Elisabeth Base. Very soon he will join a group of scientists on a traverse from the base to Derwael Ice Rise and help with the ice drilling there. He will then move to the Roi Baudoin ice shelf where he will deploy a specially prepared weather station and do radar and drilling work. The plan is to return to Princess Elisabeth around 15/12 and fly back to Cape Town on 18/12, arriving back in Europe hopefully just before Christmas.
You can follow his latest adventures on the dedicated BENEMELT project blog.
Jan, best of luck in the field!