2002-2003 Science Planning Summary

Oceans & Climate

Dr. Bernhard Lettau
Program Manager


Station: Palmer Station
RPSC POC: Rob Edwards
Research Site(s): Palmer Station, T-5 building

University of Miami/Dept of Energy-Environmental Measurements Lab, Remote Atmospheric Measurements Program (RAMP)
Dr. Colin G. Sanderson
United States Department of Energy
Environmental Measurements Lab

Deploying Team Members: No Deployment
Research Objectives: Radionuclides are atoms that emit radioactive energy, some of which occur naturally in the surface air. The Environmental Measurements Laboratory's (EML) Remote Atmospheric Measurements Program (RAMP) is designed to detect and monitor these as well as nuclear fallout and any accidental releases of radioactivity. Since 1963 EML, as part of the U.S. Department of Energy, has run the Global Sampling Network to monitor surface air. The RAMP system provides on-site analysis in thirteen different locations around the world, including Palmer Station. Using a high-volume aerosol sampler, a gamma-ray spectrometer, and a link to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's ARGOS satellite system, researchers will continue sampling air at Palmer Station for anthropogenic radionuclides.

Field Season Overview:
No project team members will deploy to Antarctica this field season. Throughout the year, the science technician monitors and operates the project's high-volume aerosol sampler, gamma-ray spectrometer, and satellite data transmission system. Data and samples are sent to the Environmental Measurements Laboratory for analysis and archiving.