India’s 40th scientific expedition to Antarctica will leave on a ship from Goa’s MPT port in Vasco on Wednesday with 43 members.
It will first sail to Cape Town in South Africa. Two helicopters would be added to the expedition at Cape Town. The vessel will leave from there for India’s Bharati research station in Antarctica, covering the journey in around 16 days.
According to Javed Beg, group director (Antarctic Operations and Infrastructure) at the National Centre for Polar and Oceanic Research (NCPOR) in Goa – The team comprises scientists, engineers, doctors and technicians led by three polar veterans, including Dr. Yogesh Ray from the NCPOR, Atul Suresh Kulkarni from the Indian Institute of Geomagnetism and Ravindra Santosh More from the India Meteorological Department.
NCPOR Director M Ravichandran said polar regions are crucially important in answering key questions on global climate change, its contribution towards global sea-level rise, background aerosol properties, variability in sea ice cover and phenomena like the Antarctic haze and Ozone concentration. – PTI Inputs