Texas A & M University
College Station, Texas
Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: On Station
This project aims to establish a long-term environmental monitoring program at Palmer Station, similar to that at McMurdo Station, that will aid the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) in meeting reporting requirements of the Antarctic Treaty. The Antarctic Treaty’s Protocol on Environmental Protection, supplemented by the policies and practices of the nations that work and do science there, have combined to focus scrutiny on foreseeable or detected anthropogenic impacts. This project collects a system of observations that should enable scientists to be more aware of anthropogenic impacts on both marine and terrestrial habitats. The observations are located precisely and tracked over time. Researchers will use geographic information systems (GIS) techniques and geostatistical methods to organize these diverse data sets into a coherent, coordinated framework.
Field Season Overview:
Four participants will be based in McMurdo and travel to local sites to take measurements, record observations, and take samples. The field team will have support from UNAVCO for a backpack GPS unit, from contract divers for sample collecting, from MEC for pooled vehicle use, and from Crary Lab for space in which to perform toxicity tests, a staging area, and office space.
Deploying Team Members: