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Human resilience


 The limits of human endurance

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Human resilience


 The limits of human endurance

Human resilience research


Human resilience research


Human Resilience in Extreme Environments

As the South Pole 2020 team inch their way across the frozen wastes of the Antarctic continent, their mental strength will be tested to the limits. Challenges will include physical hardship, isolation, monotony, sub-zero temperatures, white-outs and the life-threatening danger of crevasses.

Working with Dr Nathan Smith and Exeter University, the team will be recording data on their mental state both during the expedition itself and in the run up to the 55-day trip. Using diaries, video and voice recordings, stress levels will be monitored and collected, and evidence of duress documented.

Data gathered from the team will form part of a study into mental health at the limits of human resilience, including new research into facial recognition technology, which will help bodies like the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats, Government agencies and space agencies around the world.

Eventually, scientists hope to map the data and provide interventions from remote locations which could help aid workers, humanitarian crises and astronauts.

Uniquely, the makeup of the South Pole 2020 team will allow direct comparisons to be drawn between male and female resilience.

While this may be at the extreme end of human endurance, the results could be applicable to the stress of everyday life too.

Starting in September 2017, this long-term study will add to the technological advances in this area.

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Shifting continent


Shifting continent

 

Shifting continent


Shifting continent

 

Environmental data


Environmental data


Environmental Data

Antarctica contains the fastest retreating glaciers on the face of the Earth. Deep submarine canyons channel warm sea water under the ice shelves. As they melt the glaciers behind them accelerate.

Until recently, the East Antarctic Ice Sheet was considered secure. Now scientists are describing the continent’s ice shelves as the ‘canary in the coal mine.’

The team will be measuring changing in the grounding lines – the point where the ice shelf meets the land mass – to bring back data on climate change in this remote and fragile region.