Chris Hill an engineer from British Antarctic Survey is the Sublglacial Lake Ellsworth
meet the engineering team - Chris Hill
My involvement in this project
In a nutshell, I am responsible for turning this programme into a reality. There
are several discrete projects and activities in a number of different disciplines
that need to be undertaken in order to achieve this. Ranging from the cutting edge,
ultra clean engineering involved in developing the drill and instrumentation to the
more political world of permitting and environmental considerations, not to mention
an incredibly complex and expensive logistics chain. There are some top notch people
working on this programme all doing a great job, but ultimately someone needs to
bring it all together to make a cohesive and successful programme. That’s my role!
What does being in this project mean to you personally?
As an engineer, I am definitely excited by some of the technical challenges involved
in accessing and sampling Lake Ellsworth but, more than that, as programme manager
I have a unique opportunity to steer and direct the activity of this programme to
deliver the scientific outcomes.
I will be a very happy man on the day we see the first papers published from this
programme, knowing that I was instrumental in obtaining the samples and data.
Have you been to Antarctica before?
I have been to Antarctica every year for the past 13 years. My work has involved
mainly communication systems based projects on all five BAS stations and both ships
and has had a significant, positive impact on the operational activities of BAS.