Boaty’s epic adventures beneath the Filchner and Ronne Ice-Shelves in the Antarctic

Friday 25 May 2018 - 10:30 to 11:30
NOC Southampton - Innovation Centre
Steve McPhail

 “Boaty’s epic adventures beneath the Filchner and Ronne Ice-Shelves in the Antarctic" - Steve McPhail, NOC



Steve McPhail led the development of the Autosub6000 and ALR AUVS, and currently heads the team developing the next variant on the ALR, ALR1500. 

During a career of 37 years he has participated in far too many science cruises to remember, supporting platforms ranging from free fall sea-bed penetrators to AUVs navigating under ice shelves.




Steve will be presenting an account of Boaty's recent adventures beneath the Filchner and Ronne Ice-Shelves in the Antarctic.  From NOCNews article:

"From January to February 2018, the Autosub Long-Range (Boaty!) was deployed in the southern Weddell Sea during RV Polarsterncruise PS111 as part of the Filchner Ice Shelf System (FISS) Project – a collaboration involving leading UK research institutions including the NOC, British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Met Office Hadley CentreUniversity College LondonUniversity of Exeter and Oxford University, and international partners including Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), and University of Bergen (UiB). The AUV plays a critical role in the project that aims to investigate and describe the current state of the complex atmosphere-ice-ocean system.

‘Boaty’ spent a total of 51 hours under the Antarctic ice, travelling 108km over the duration of the deployment. The vehicle reached water depths of 944m, and spent 20 hours exploring beneath a section of the ice shelf that was 550m thick."


The Innovation Centre can be reached via the workshops/stores corridor on the ground floor, and a sign to the Hub is about 100 m down that corridor on the right. Go up the stairs and through the door and turn right. Note that the access door to the Innovation Centre Hub is security-locked, but we will ensure it is monitored so attendees can be let in promptly. 

We only have seating capacity of about 30 in the Innovation Centre Hub, so be aware that if we exceed this it will be standing room only. There will be opportunities for informal discussions over doughnuts in the Innovation Centre Hub before and after the talks


Seminar category: 
Marine Technology