Marine biologists at Rothera Research Station dive into the surrounding waters to study the multitude of creatures that live in the Antarctic marine environment. They also collect data about the sea itself, its temperature, salinity (saltiness) and other important information. Over many years, this data forms a long-term record of environmental change and helps us understand how the Antarctic environment is responding to climate change.
Prepare to head out on a dive in the icy waters off the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll be led by an experienced marine biologist and diver, and, once under the surface, you can start to collect your own Antarctic data.
Can you find out whether the ocean gets colder or warmer the deeper you go? Can the sea really be so cold, it’s actually below freezing? Are there more creatures living deeper or shallower under the water? What happens when an iceberg smashes through a biologically rich area?
Launch a Quicktime Virtual Reality file and explore the boatshed at Rothera Research Station. Use your mouse or keyboard to explore this Quicktime Virtual Reality movie.
Find out more about biodiversity science at the British Antarctic Survey.