Scientists remain determined to discover what species can reproduce under the ice, and how ecosystems have to cope with unexpected changes. The first attempt they wanted to make failed last year, when sea ice thicknesses reached 5m, causing the James Clark Ross to be returned by the British Antarctic Survey BAS. in February 2018.
“We were close,” said Katrin Linse, an ocean biologist at BAS in Cambridge. “It was also a disappointing day when the captain decided to turn the bow”. Linse was unable to join this year’s train but her team members were present. In her Cambridge office – 13,000 km from Puntas Arena – she nervously studies sea ice maps every day, hoping to clear the route of discovery.