Saturday, July 7, 2007

Live Earth Most Impressive Band: Nunatak

Nunatak (a Greenlandic word): An exposed summit of a ridge mountain or peak (not covered with snow) within an ice field or glacier.

Nunatak is the British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station’s house band. The five person indie rock band is part of a science team investigating climate change and evolutional biology on the Antarctic Peninsula – a region where temperatures have risen by nearly 3°C during the last 50 years.

From April to October - the Antarctic winter - planes can’t fly in because of the cold – the frozen sea keeps ships out. Physically isolated from the rest of the world, the 22 wintering team share their talent and creativity with one another. But now Nunatak has been part of the planet’s coolest gig -- Live Earth.

Tris Thorne is a communications engineer and manages the satellite technology and IT that ensures that Rothera Research Station stays connected to the outside world. Matt Balmer is an electronics engineer with the physics and meteorology team. Alison Massey is a marine biologist who investigates how the rich marine life around the Antarctic Peninsula is responding to rapid climate change. Rob Webster is a meteorologist making meteorological observations that will help scientists world-wide understand climate change. Roger Stilwell is a field general assistant (polar guide) who uses his mountaineering skills to keep science field parties safe.

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