In January and February 2019, a major international scientific expedition will explore one of the coldest, harshest and most remote locations in the world, the Weddell Sea off Antarctica, using autonomous underwater vehicles, drones and other state-of-the-art technology.
Bringing together world-leading glaciologists, marine biologists, oceanographers and marine archaeologists on S.A. Agulhas II, one of the largest and most modern polar research vessels in the world, the Weddell Sea Expedition 2019 hopes to navigate its way through the heavy sea ice, freezing temperatures and harsh weather of this extreme and forbidding environment in order to achieve its goals.
The aim of the expedition is threefold:
To investigate the ice shelves around the Weddell Sea and, in particular, the Larsen C Ice Shelf from which a giant iceberg broke off in July 2017.
To document the rich and little-studied marine life of the western Weddell Sea ecosystem.
To attempt to locate and survey the wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance, which was trapped and crushed by the ice and sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915.