We landed on Macquarie Island yesterday and spent a few hours setting up and testing an automatic weather station. Now it is ready to be airlifted to over 300 m elevation on the plateau, ready for installation. We’ll find out just how windy it is up there!
The station is hectic with resupply activity. But we’re heading off for a few days to look at the vegetation. Already from the ship we could see the bright green tussocks of Poa foliosa creeping up the previously rabbit-grazed hillsides.
My colleague Micah and I are kitted out with warm waterproof clothing and ready to get out there.