Michael Paul Meredith
Polar Scientist in the Spotlight
Learn about all sorts of careers that polar scientists have as we explore their different research areas through the featured Polar Scientist of the Month.
Michael Paul MeredithScience Leader, British Antarctic Survey
What do you do?
I go on research expeditions to the Antarctic (sometimes the Arctic), and measure things about the ocean that tell us how it is flowing in three dimensions, how it is changing, how it is altering our climate and ecosystems, how it is impacting the great ice sheets, and how it is influencing our planet as a whole.
What is the best thing about your job?
Finding out new things; working with great people; going to amazing places; making a difference.
What is the most important tool you use for research?
The big ships that we operate in the polar regions, and the oceanographic instruments that we deploy from them. Probably most important for me is the CTD, an instrument that measures profiles of temperature, salinity and other important things in the ocean from the surface to just above the seabed.
Why is what you do important?
Polar change influences the whole planet, and directly affects the lives and livelihoods of those who live on it. We need to know more, so we can help more.