Staffed Field Camps
A total of ten field camps will have resident staff to provide logistical and operational assistance to McMurdo-based researchers.
||77°30 S, 162° E|
50 nautical miles from McMurdo Station
Each year, Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) grantees and other groups conduct research throughout the Dry Valleys. Two resident staff will operate
the main base camp at Lake Hoare and the semi-permanent camps at Lake Fryxell, F-6, and Lake Bonney. Science project teams will erect their own small
tent camps in the Garwood, Meirs, and McKelvey, Wright, and University Valleys.
||77°41 S, 163°67 E |
46 nautical miles from McMurdo Station
This camp supports refueling operations for helicopters working in the Dry Valleys and on local sea ice. Two resident staff and rotating fuels operators will operate
the camp. Fuel and equipment will be delivered by traverse from McMurdo.
||81°39 S, 149°04 W|
507 nautical miles from McMurdo Station
This camp serves as a fueling point for aircraft operating between McMurdo and West Antarctica or South Pole. Two resident staff will provide daily weather
observations and maintain the camp. One science group will conduct work at Siple Dome this season: (I-172-M/Taleghader,). Siple will also house and feed
Kenn Borek Air crews as needed.
|WAIS Divide Field Camp
||79°46 S, 112°08 W|
924 nautical miles from McMurdo Station
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide field camp with 16 resident staff will support six science projects: Taylor (I-477-M) and Severinghaus (I-476-M) will
continue replicate coring of the WSD borehole. Charles Bentley with the Ice Drilling Design and Operations team (T-350-M) will continue to operate the DISC Drill.
Relocating from Byrd to WAIS this season will be POLENET (G-079-M/Wilson) who will continue installation, service, and removal of their GPS and seismic array
throughout West Antarctica; and Lazzara (O-283-M) who will service the automatic weather station (AWS) in the vicinity. John Stone (I-414-M) may also utilize
WAIS as logistical hub for their work near the Whitmore Mountains, essentially reconnaissance for future subglacial bedrock sampling.
|Byrd Surface Camp
||80° S by 120° W|
803 nm from McMurdo Station,
and 97 nm from WAIS Divide
This camp is the hub for the Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Traverse (R-762-M) whose mission is to supply fuel, vehicles, and cargo to the PIG camp. Three resident staff members
support the camp. Aside from being a fuel divert stop for LC-130 missions going to/from PIG, Byrd will also support one science group. The GIMBLE project (Young G-099-M)
will complete a 16-flight aerogeophysical survey of Marie Byrd Land collecting gravity, magnetics and radar data.
|Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Camp
||-75.80° S by 100.28° E |
440 nm west from Byrd Surface Camp
With a resident staff of eight and a peak camp population of forty, this camp will be support Bindschadler (C-407-M). The camp is the staging area for two A-STAR
helicopters that will move science equipment, support infrastructure, and scientists to a highly-crevassed location ~45 nautical miles from the main camp. At this remote
location, scientists will drill through 600 meters of ice to install instrumentation that measures ocean-ice interface to better understand the contributions to sea level rise.
Drilling will occur at three separate sites over the course of two seasons. Helicopters will move scientists around the areas adjacent to the drill sites to gather data about
the cavity beneath the ice shelf through seismic imaging.
|Lower Erebus Hut (LEH)
||77.31° S, 167.82° E|
35nm from McMurdo Station
This camp serves field teams going to Mt. Erebus. One resident staff will be stationed here to assist with population, infrastructure management, helicopter scheduling-081
MEVO III (Mount Erebus Volcano Observatory.) This year Staudigal (G-439-M) will study microbial mediation of volcanic glass.
|Subglacial Lake Whillans
||84.14° S, 153.41° W|
600nm from McMurdo Station
After testing near William's field, the WISSARD drilling equipment will be traversed to Subglacial Lake Whillans where a field camp will be established for up to two weeks of drilling
and science activities. Test and field science activities will include melting a borehole to support multiple field instruments for collecting water, sediment, and ice samples. Some
infrastructure will remain in the field over winter; however, the main crew and tractors will return to McMurdo late February and depart on the last flight north. Dedicated staff
includes five traverse team, two marine technicians, one project coordinator, one camp operator/fuelie, a camp manager and a medical technician.
|Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Traverse
||Operating in vicinity of Byrd Surface Camp, WAIS Divide Field Camp, and PIG Camp|
Six staff will conduct two separate traverses. Traverse A will travel from Byrd Surface Camp to Pine Island Glacier moving equipment and fuel to support the
helicopter/fixed wing camp based there. Traverse B will bring fuel and cargo from Byrd to WAIS in support of the POLENET/Wilson (G-079-M) relocation.
The second traverse will also complete vehicle and structure overhauls in preparation for next year's traverse work.
||82.00° S, 96.79° E|
487-1090nm from McMurdo Station
Early in the season, this three contract staff will groom a ski landing area at the location of the previous CTAM helicopter camp. This landing area will assist larger
aircraft with the depot of fuel and cargo in support of the groups working in the area: Conway (I-210-M, Harvey (G-057 and G-058). They will then move on to
groom landing areas at the AGO sites in support of Weatherwax (A-112-M), enabling reach locations renowned for rough landing topography and allow the team
to retrieve gear that was left at the sites in previous seasons.