The ReQuest Team Members will each undertake an Antarctic Research Project and present their results in different formats on their return.
Lucy Morgan’s: Offsetting the carbon footprint of our journey by educating Scouts and Guides about climate change (particularly in relation to Antarctica). This includes designing a ‘Stop Climate Change’ challenge badge and an associated activity website (ClimateQuest). I am also running climate meetings and writing a climate blog.
Research Project Summary: Offsetting the carbon footprint of our journey by educating Scouts and Guides about climate change.
Project Mentor: Paul Hadaway, Kent Wildlife Trust
Genevieve Scullion’s: The physical effects of different temperatures on body functions. With the help of the members of the expedition, she will be able to measure the effect of varying temperatures on lung function, heart rate / blood pressure and reactions.
Research Project Summary: Studying the physiological effects of cold temperatures on human natural bodily functions.
Project Mentor: Paul Hart, Polar Explorer
3D ICEBERG SIMULATION
George Stonor’s: A study into the movement of icebergs after they have detached from the ice shelf. This would involve understanding the different forces acting on the ice -such as sea currents, winds and gravity – and their resultant effects.
Research Project Summary: Investigating the effects of wind flow on the forms of Antarctic icebergs using 3D modelling software.
Project Mentor: <TBA>
Darcey Holmes’s: Capturing, using photography, a historical journey in contrast with 100 years ago. Using art to convey the overwhelming effects of human activity and climate change on Antarctica’s landscape and wildlife.
Research Project Summary: Creating a collaborative artwork of people’s changing perceptions about Antarctica, its fragile environment and unique wildlife.
Project Mentor: Alison Craddock, Art and Craft Specialist
100 YEAR COMPARISON
Sam Payne’s: To research the changes across several different areas from Shackleton’s 1921 Quest expedition and our 2021 expedition.
Research Project Summary: Comparing different equipment used, preparations made and conditions experienced on the Quest and ReQuest expeditions.
Project Mentor: Louis Rudd MBE, Polar Explorer
Alan Noake’s: Recording an entire “soundscape” podcast of Antarctica – the various sounds of the ship, icebergs, wildlife and weather. As well as one-to-one interviews with polar enthusiasts, participants, crew, scientists, and tourists. The project aim is to produce a complete audio record of the project.
Research Project Summary: Discovering the unique sounds of Antarctica and producing the ReQuest2021 podcast to document the entire project.
Project Mentor: Graham Maxwell, BBC Cameraman
MOTION SICKNESS STUDY
Cathy Mummery’s: The physiological causes of motion sickness and then whilst on Bark Europa look into the various treatments and how effective they are on individuals – shop bought medications, natural remedies and common sense remedies (watching the horizon, fresh air etc.)
Research Project Summary: Researching the underlying causes and effectiveness of remedies for motion sickness in the Drake passage.
Project Mentor: Joseph Smyth, University of Warwick
Laura Bernard’s: Document, through pictures, the physical and psychological effects of fellow explorers throughout the journey to and from Antarctica. Capturing the highs and lows of the entire experience.
Research Project Summary: Recording the physical and psychological impact of undertaking the expedition using photographs and journal.
Project Mentor: Ian Lovegrove
Matt Wood’s: Carry out first hand research on how electricity is generated and stored in the research bases on Antarctica. We all know that global warming is happening, and one of the key issues contributing to this is the way we (humans) generate and use electricity.
Research Project Summary: Determining the feasibility of using renewable energy technologies to generate electricity (& heat) in Antarctica.
Project Mentor: <TBA>
GEOMAGNETICALLY INDUCED CURRENTS
Alex Maciver’s: The plan is to record the weather while in the Antarctic, research and look at the conditions of some long electrical conductor systems and study the precautions needed to maintain such systems. Then to compare the results to the conditions of some long electrical conductor systems in Scotland.
Research Project Summary: Investigate the effects Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GIC) and sub-storms have on long electrical conductor systems such as power grids or buried pipelines.
Project Mentor: <TBA>
And we do have one more Research Project by Emma Johnston although she is sadly no longer going with us to Antarctica…
EDUCATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Emma Johnston’s: Using a mixture of digital art, photography and creative writing, Emma intends to create several books that children and adults can enjoy whilst also learning about the environment in Antarctica and how it is changing.
Research Project Summary: Publishing a series of books for children of all ages, telling Shackleton’s story through original art and photography.
Project Mentor: Michael Smith, Polar Author
NOTE: YOU MAY ALSO WISH TO FOLLOW THE GROUP’S T.A.S.K. PROJECT AS IT DEVELOPS – THIS WILL BE A LEGACY PROJECT INITIATED BY REQUEST2021