On Tuesday Helen Czerski embarks on a scientific cruise in the Southern Ocean to learn more about the Earth's climate system. Follow her progress hereOceans are enormous, dynamic and intimidating. Even in 2012, the best way to study them in detail is to float about on top, dunk experimental apparatus over the side and hope you don't get seasick. It's also a great way to remember how tiny and vulnerable we are compared with these enormous bodies of water. Oceans are like the heart and lungs of our planet, and they have a scale equal to that task.I'm a physicist who works in oceanography, and I'm in the Falklands getting ready to face the object of my study in the Southern Ocean.Compared with the historic journeys for which these waters are famous, we'll be travelling in relative comfort. No rigging to climb, no weevils in the food and no threat...
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