The Astrolabe supply ship belongs to P&O Maritime services. This Ice Class, multipurpose support vessel is operated for the French Government’s Institut Polaire Francais Paul Emile Victor (IPEV) to supply the French polar base Dumont D'Urville (66°40'S - 140°01'E) and the Italian and French base Concordia (75°06'S - 123°21'E). Each year the ship transports staff and freight between Hobart (Tasmania) and Dumont D'Urville and operates in support of oceanographic research programs conducted by the French Polar Institute. One hundred eight (108) measurement series spanning 15 days were acquired at Dumont D'Urville and at sea starting in January 2010 and ending in March 2010.
Mr. Yann Courcoux from L'Observatoire de Physique de l'Atmosphère de la Réunion (OPAR) at the Université de la Réunion/ CNRS (Saint Denis de la Réunion, France) was a Principal Investigator for aerosol optical measurements and operated sunphotometer.
We thank Mr. Philippe Ricaud who assisted with operation of the sun photometer.