Successful Completion of 9th Southern Ocean Expedition by Indian Scientists
The Indian Expedition to Southern Ocean is a major polar scientific research programme of Ministry of Earth Sciences, which confers with the climate variability scenario on a global and regional scale. It is a multidisciplinary and multinational program. The ninth expedition was launched from Port Louis, Mauritius on 6th January 2017. A team of 24 scientists from about 6 organizations and Universities including University of York, United Kingdom departed onboard the chartered Ice Class Research Vessel SA Agulhas [owned by South African Maritime Safety Authority, a South African Government Institute]. The duration of the expedition was 60 days.
During expedition, continuous observations for various atmospheric and oceanic parameters were carried out along the entire cruise track. Mooring equipments at various depths were deployed for a period of one year in the Subtropical Frontal region [40.11°S 58.5°E]. Time series observations for a period of 72hrs were carried out in the Prydz Bay region [near the coastal waters of the India’s third Antarctic station “Bharati”]. After completion of the entire scientific operations upto Prydz Bay region [69° S 76 °E] the vessel arrived at Mauritius on 28th February, 2017.