Antarctica Expedition Has Actually Started Now
Apr 25, 2016

Within Antarctica Research Project, our team composed of ITU Polar Research Center (PolReC) and Central Advisory Board returned home.  Consequently, the first phase of a large study has been completed. The research conducted by our scientists waving our flag in Antarctica has resulted in success.

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In 3-week-studies, research was carried out on climate change in Antarctica, glaciers, alien species, pollution, marine diversity, protected areas, marine mammals and botany.

The team also recorded the number and coordinates of marine mammals. The changes in heart rates and brain waves were examined. Discovering traces of heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury in Antarctica, the team served a function in studying global climate change with their research.

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The research team, composed of Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul University, Erciyes University, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Marmara University, Kocaeli University, Çukurova University, and Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) set off to Antarctica on March 29. 

2 female academicians, one is Assoc. Prof. Burcu Özsoy Çiçek, expedition assistant leader, participated in this academic team which carried out research for 20 days. Çiçek stated that the results of the research and their analysis would be published soon. 

The first phase has been completed in the Antarctica research and other studies to be conducted are expected.  

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The Journal:

“The ship named Ushuaia starting its voyage on the evening of April 2 from Ushuaia Port crossed the Beagle Channel in the early morning. In Drake Passage known as the most challenging sea of the world, there were never ending waves for two days despite lack of storm. Humpback whales and Weddell seals added extra beauty and vitality to our ice course.

The first research day of the team landing the station with zodiac boats and conducting research was a success. The annual food and material required for Ukraine Vernadsky Base was transported to the Base.

Throughout this challenging process, sea ice, marine mammals, birds, iceberg observations were made and numerous samples were taken from sea and land. At the end of the successful expedition, we said goodbye to the continent. 

As PolReC, with the participation of Turkish universities, we have already started our initiatives in order to realize the next expedition in a shortest time. 

Click here to live the adventures told by our graduate student Özgür Oktar from Department of Maritime Transportation and Management Engineering.