2010-2011 Science Planning Summaries
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The Research Vessel LAURENCE M. GOULD docked in Punta Arenas, Chile. Photograph by: Kurtis Burmeister, National Science Foundation
2010-2011 USAP Field Camps

Staffed Field Camps
Eight field camps will have resident staff to provide logistic and operational assistance to McMurdo-based researchers.

Dry Valleys 77°30 S, 162° E
50 nautical miles from McMurdo Station

Each year numerous groups conduct research throughout the Dry Valleys. Two resident staff will operate the main base camp at Lake Hoare and the other semi-permanent camps at Lake Fryxell, F-6, and Lake Bonney. The Dry Valleys are predominately occupied by the Long Term Ecological Research grantees. Several other groups will operate from small tent camps throughout the region, including project in the Garwood, Meirs, and McKelvey, Wright, and University Valleys and at Lake Joyce and Lake Vanda. B-208 (Doran) will conduct a large scale lake water sampling project on Lake Vida.

Marble Point 77°41 S, 163°67 E
46 nautical miles from McMurdo Station

Two resident staff and a fuels operator maintain the Marble Point Field camp. The main focus of the camp is to support refueling operations for helicopters working in the Dry Valleys and local sea ice. Three traverses from McMurdo will deliver fuel and equipment to Marble Point early in the season.

Siple Dome 81°39 S, 149°04 W
507 nautical miles from McMurdo Station
Siple Dome will have three resident field camp staff. They will provide daily weather observations for planes operating in West Antarctica. Three science groups will base operations from Siple Dome this season: Brown (G-097), Winberry (I-181) and IceCap (Blankenship, C-520) They will also house and feed Kenn Borek Air pilots that may remain overnight at the camp.
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 eleven resident staff will support nine projects: Kendrick Taylor (I-477-M) will continue collecting a 3,400 m deep ice core in West Antarctica. The National Ice Core Laboratory (I-478-M) will provide quality assurance and oversight for ice coring operations. Charles Bentley-Ice Core Drilling Services (T-350-M) will complete the setup and operate the DISC Drill System at WAIS Divide. Two traverses, Rupper (I-158) and Joughin (I-157), will traverse from WAIS on snow machines, collecting ice core samples. O-283 (Lazarra) will visit nearby AWS's.
Byrd Field Camp 80° S by 120° W
803 nm from McMurdo Station,
and 97 nm from WAIS Divide
The Byrd field camp will have fourteen resident staff and expect a peak camp population of 45 people. The camp will support three projects: POLENET (G-079, Wilson) will complete installing a GPS and seismic array throughout West Antarctica and service the existing equipment deployed in previous seasons; Lazzara (O-283-M) will service the automatic weather station (AWS) at Byrd Camp and other similar units in the vicinity; and Bindschadler (C-407) will service three AWS located in the vicinity of Pine Island Glacier.
CTAM Field Camp 84° S by 165° W
371 nm from McMurdo Station,
and 361 nm from the Amundsen-Scott
South Pole Station

The science events include mostly Earth Sciences (G) events, and one each Biology (B), Glaciology (I), and Oceans and Atmospheric sciences (O). Science events include Allan Ashworth (G-502-M), Jeb Barrett (B-462-M), David Elliot (G-497-M), John Goodge (G-503-M), Bill Hammer (G-495-M), Ralph Harvey (G-058-M), Steve Hasiotis (G-498-M), Matthew Lazzara (O-283-M), Kathy Licht (G-499-M), Jaakko Putkonen (G-501-M), John Stone (I-414-M), Edith Taylor (G-496-M), Phil Wannamaker (G-494-M), ANZ groups Megan Balks (X-594-M/K123), Craig Cary/Ian Hogg (X-593-M/K020), Andrew Mackintosh/Nick Golledge (X-595-M/K001BIce), and Andrew Mackintosh/Tim Naish (X-596-M/K001BRock).

Pine Island Glacier (PIG) Traverse 320 miles W from Byrd Surface Camp

Six staff will traverse three CAT 55 Challengers, a Tucker Sno-Cat, and snow machine to stage equipment and fuel from Byrd Camp to Pine Island Glacier. Items will be delivered in advance of a helicopter and fixed wing camp in FY12. The tractors will conduct two round trip traverses to reposition the equipment and fuel during the current season, and a similar number of trips in FY12 to support sustaining operations. The traverse will pass though WAIS Divide camp on each trip. PIG camp will support science conducted by Bindschadler (C-407).

ANDRILL Site Survey
at Coulman High
-77.47° S by 171.58° W
69 nm from McMurdo Station, and 754 nm from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

ANDRILL (ANtarctic geological DRILLing) is an international program designed to investigate Antarctica's role in Cenozoic global environmental change. This site survey is a collaborative effort between the USAP and Antarctica New Zealand and will access and characterize two Coulman High drill sites for future sediment core extraction. This season's activities include deploying oceanographic instrumentation, testing the SCINI ROV, obtaining short gravity cores, conducting a gravity survey, and performing a seismic experiment to better characterize sub-seafloor geology in this area. The ANDRILL camp will have two resident staff, one provided by USAP and one provided by Antarctica New Zealand.

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