The final season of the project and yet again another busy one. There are lots of smaller projects to complete this season such as the demolition and clearance of Halley V, the refurbishment of the Summer Accommodation Building, the construction of a new workshop and stores building on skis, all the snags in the modules have to be completed and on the 5th February 2013 we will have the official opening of Halley VI.
Whilst all the construction work was going on the science team continued collecting data for the long term data sets, ran a full field season from Halley VI, installed a new radar system and installed new instruments in the Optical Caboose and Clean Air Sector Laboratory.
In addition to all that Halley VI hosted two international collaborations. One was a high altitude balloon campaign with the US National Science Foundation to collect data from the stratosphere and the other was a joint Danish / US / UK aerogeophysics campaign to survey the Recovery Glacier area.
So a very busy season.
At the time of writing the Summer Accommodation refurbishment work, the snagging work and the new build Workshop and Stores Building are all well underway and on target for completion by the end of the season. The demolition and clearance of Halley V has all been completed. For many of the staff at Halley this was a sad period because many had lived there for one or more winters and most had lived there for several summer seasons and regarded the place as home.