Seb is currently visiting Beth and Adam to conduct fieldwork in Waipuna cave. The goal was to survey surface and cave tracks to link drip monitoring sites in the cave with the meteo station at the surface, install loggers, download collected data etc.
Two trips were very successful, although the autosampler – to be deployed – failed us due to moisture creeping into the electronics (again). It is currently being repaired and will be installed as soon as time permits.
Here an image of Adam in Waipuna:
The first publication by members of the QUEST team (Norbert & Seb) has recently been published in Nature Communications on a giant see-saw in the monsoonal realm. Find the paper here: http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms12929
A press release has also been published by PIK Potsdam:
Seb presented QUEST in an invited public lecture on the 6th of May 2016 at the VdHK General Assembly in the Harz Mountains. The lecture on “Climate reconstructions from caves and the importance of climate monitoring in caves” appealed to the German speleologists to support scientific monitoring efforts in caves. A lively questioning-answering session helped to explain the importance of monitoring and the roles non-scientists can play in scientific projects. The talk and discussion got great feedback from the community.
Seb, Adam, Beth, Norbert and team are presenting their research at EGU in Vienna.
First group meeting at the University of Cambridge, 25-26 April 2016.