Monthly Archives: December 2009

Wilkins update

Someone recently asked what was the current status of the Wilkins Ice Shelf. As ever up to date imagery is available from Polar View here, but I annotated a recent image to offer a guiding hand and thought it might be worthwhile making it available. Excuse the amateur cartoon nature of this, but it serves a purpose.


Any pointers on my interpretation are of course welcome. The unadulterated image is available here.

UK Space Agency announced

The Science Minister Lord Drayson has just announced the formation of a UK Space Agency. More details available here and on Drayson’s twitter feed.

The real details however concern how this will be funded and whether it will take responsibility for all current subscriptions to ESA. So we’ll wait to see what the consequences are for NERC and its budget. Regardless at least we now have a focal point for determining common priorities for all UK Space investment.

Watch this space.


Virtual Globes at AGU

Slightly off topic, but interesting nonetheless, the Virtual Globes session at AGU will be a live (free) webcast on Tuesday 15th December at 10:20 (San Francisco time). See here for more information and details of the presentations.


It’s not all Google Earth either.

Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment published

The SCAR Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment report was published yesterday. It provides a very comprehensive picture of the current knowledge about the state of the Antarctic, priorities for research and questions that need to be answered in the future. Readers here may be interested in the review of satellite observations used to monitor the Antarctic provided in Chapter 2 – “Observations, Data Accuracy & Tools”.


The full report is available here, but a more digestible summary of the 10 key points is provided at the bottom of the British Antarctic Survey press release here. There’s plenty of other coverage on BBC, New Scientist etc.