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Tom Jordan - Airborne geophysicist

Geophysicist Tom Jordan
Geophysicist Tom Jordan

Name: Tom Jordan

Job title: Airborne geophysicist

Role in AGAP Project: I will primarily be running the airborne gravity system, which is used to map changes in rock density beneath the ice. In McMurdo I will set up and test the airborne gravity meter and take part in flight trials. We then move to South Pole to acclimatise to the high elevation of the polar plateau before heading to AGAP-N. I will then help operate the scientific equipment during survey flights and will perform initial quality control of the airborne gravity and GPS data. I hope to produce maps of gravity variation that could highlight areas of interest within the survey region.

Looking forward to: A unique opportunity to explore an almost entirely unknown region of our planet. I think that being able to “see” unknwon mountains and to fill in a huge gap in our knowledge of the geology of our planet is one of the most exciting things you can be involved with.

Previous Antarctic experience:
2001–2002: ANDRILL site survey south of Ross Island. This was a one-month field season with two weeks in the field making land-gravity measurements and two weeks at Scott Base helping with QC of airborne magnetic data.

2005–2006: WISE ISODYN aerogeophysical survey over the Wilkes Land subglacial basin in East Antarctica. This was a three-month joint BAS Italian survey. The survey was flown both from two permanent bases (the Italian Mario Zucchelli Station and the joint French Italian Concordia Station) and from two deep field camps.