As part of the celebrations for International Polar Year, Paul Rose takes us on an insightful science journey to the Antarctic and the Arctic. What really are the challenges facing scientists as they work in the remotest field sites on earth?
Ambitious science and complex logistics at the end of the longest supply chain in the world make for very real challenges. How can you open-cast mine for methane? How do you test the NASA Mars Lander on an active Antarctic volcano?
And it's not just the science - what is life really like in the Polar regions?
Paul Rose worked for the British Antarctic Survey for 10 years, was Base Commander of Rothera Research Station and has been organising science programmes in Greenland for the past 5 years. A recipient of the Queen's Polar Medal, Paul presents science and factual programmes for BBC Television.