Dr. Carmen Possnig is the ESA-sponsored medical doctor spending 12 months at Concordia research station in Antarctica. She facilitates a number of experiments on the effects of isolation, light deprivation, and extreme temperatures on the human body and mind. In the following post, Carmen walks us through a day in the life of Concordia.
Weather balloon. Credits: IPEV/PNRA–F. Cali Quaglia
A typical day looks different for each of us. The technical team has fixed working hours from 8:30 to 17:30 and they must be ready at all times should there be a problem. We have an alarm system for technical problems, and these alarms are particularly popular in the middle of the night. As they are so loud, we all sit upright in our beds as soon as they go off. It reminds me very much of doing night shifts in a hospital and I am very happy that I can simply fall asleep again after these alarms.
The workshop, workplace of the technical team. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–C. Possnig
Scientists are employed depending on the type of work. Our glacier researcher has to go out every day to count snowflakes and change filters. Our meteorologist cleans the weather station every morning ...