Research in Harsh Conditions: Field work on the East Antarctic Plateau may sound like a fun adventure. But imagine coming in from working in the constant freezing wind to warm up in a tent that is 28°F. As NSIDC researcher Ted Scambos says, "Staying warm and protecting your skin are the main concerns. Temperatures are frigid even in summer, -5 to -22°F. But the wind is the real danger." Wind chill temperatures can reach -51°F. Now imagine living and working in those conditions for weeks.