Young environmental engineer off on Sub-Antarctic adventure

Amanda Brown, an environmental engineer from our Water team in Christchurch is off on an adventure of a lifetime as part of the Sir Peter Blake Trust, Young Blake Expeditions. She will join 26 other lucky adventurers, including environmental scientists, ecologists and high school students on a voyage to the Auckland Islands in the Sub-Antarctic next week.

The crew will be conducting a science programme, where they aim to characterise some of the environments on the eastern side of the main Auckland Island. Amanda will also be doing some pro-bono work on the proposed Blake Station. Her work follows the previous pro-bono work Beca provided to the station in recent years which included development of options for proposed wastewater treatment and disposal, layout, water supply, power supply, and construction methodology.

Once constructed and manned, the station will fill a gap in the global network of stations monitoring climate change and aims to increase our understanding of the role of Antarctica and the southern ocean in determining our climate and future environment. New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands are a designated World Heritage Site, and the main Auckland Island has been identified as the best area for studying deep sea currents in the southern ocean.

The Sir Peter Blake Trust was launched in 2004 to honour Sir Peter Blake's life as a yachtsman, adventurer, and leader, his love for the environment and his dedication to young people. The Young Blake Expeditions have sought to continue his vision and legacy by challenging and developing the leadership potential of young New Zealanders so that they may become champions for some of our planet's most unique and special places.

The 2016 Young Blake Expedition will be the programme's third voyage, and the second to the Auckland Islands, in partnership with the Sir Peter Blake Trust, the Royal NZ Navy, The Department of Conservation, NZARI, NIWA, Kelly Tarltons, Beca, Ministry of Education, Ministry for the Environment and Ministry of Youth Development and The MediaWorks Foundation.

The crew will depart from Auckland on 2 February and return to Dunedin on 13 February. Stay connected with The Sir Peter Blake Trust on Twitter and Facebook for updates on the adventure!

Visit the expeditions website to learn more, subscribe to updates, meet the crew, and ask questions.