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SPRI Public Lectures - Lent term 2004

SPRI Public Lectures - Lent term 2004

All events are at 8.00 p.m. in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road. They are open to all who are interested, and seats will be reserved, on request, for Friends of the Institute.

Antarctic science, global relevance

Saturday, 24 January

Dr Anna Jones, British Antarctic Survey

The speaker will provide a brief overview of some of the major topics in environmental science, and show how study in Antarctica is key to their full and proper understanding. She will review the evolution of Antarctica itself over geological time, and then touch on issues of stratospheric ozone loss, climate change, space physics, and genomics. This lecture was first delivered as the keynote address to the 26th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, Madrid, June 2003.

Northwest Passage: its history, attainment, and present circumstances

Saturday, 7 February

Robert Headland, Scott Polar Research Institute

In 1853, the first transit of the Northwest Passage was completed, although over the ice in the central section. The geography and history of exploration will be considered with an account of the first transit aboard one vessel (Roald Amundsen with Gjøa). The current circumstances, now over 100 vessels have used it and passengers regularly make transits, bring the account up to date.

Antarctic mountains and mountaineering

Saturday, 21 February

Damien Gildea

The speaker compiled the Antarctic mountaineering chronology (1998), the definitive listing of all major ascents on the continent and islands. He has himself undertaken several visits to Antarctica, first as a South Pole expedition guide, more recently to climb and measure peaks of uncertain altitude. His account will include much on contemporary non-government activities in Antarctica, including both tourism and science.

The last husky dog journey in the Antarctic - reflections

Saturday, 6 March

John Killingbeck, formerly British Antarctic Survey

Dogs have been living on continental Antarctica since man first wintered in 1899, but under the Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty they were termed a non-indigenous species and therefore had to leave the 'Great White South' by 1 April 1994. This is the story of their final journey and is a tribute to the loyalty, courage and companionship of generations of dogs.