Scientists Discuss Remote Research and Data Collection Experiences

The pandemic has affected many careers, not least scientists and researchers who are used to field work. The long lockdown resulted in many discovering new ways to collect and share data. Drones, remotely operated vehicles, satellite imagery, and other technologies have been essential parts of ongoing remote data-collection.

In Antarctica – or, more accurately, not in Antarctica – polar scientists and their postgraduate students also had to find ways to adapt. From drone footage and autonomous vehicles to Zoom conferences and creating online databases for collected research, explore the experiences of six of these scientists in the July 6 article in Nature magazine, “What polar researchers have learnt from the pandemic.”

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