2012-2013 Science Planning Summaries
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The hidden light of Antarctica

Program Manager:
Mr. Peter West


ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Cara Sucher

Ms. Diane Tuft (Principal Investigator)

New York, New York

Supporting Stations:  McMurdo Station
Research Locations:  Cape Bird (overnight only) / McMurdo Dry Valleys / Mount Erebus

Project Description:
Photographer Diane Tuft has been photographing the visual effects of both infrared and ultraviolet light on the landscape for 14 years. Of all the continents, Antarctica has the largest amount of ozone depletion which effects the amount of ultraviolet light transmitted to the surface. Working with Lars Kalnajs’ tropospheric ozone climatology project (O-324), Ms Tuft will capture images, in the ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths, using a variety of digital and manual cameras. The photography will be primarily aerial, but will include some ground-based work. In addition to taking photographs, Ms Tuft will also record sounds and observe the shapes of Antarctica. From these materials, she will develop a show which will include photographs, an installation and a book.

Field Season Overview:
Two participants will travel to three sites in the Ross Island region. They will also visit Lower Mount Erebus, the Dry Valleys and Cape Bird. Using helicopter support, they will conduct aerial photography of the coastline of the Ross Sea.

Deploying Team Members:

  • Murphy Munday-Goldman
  • Diane Tuft (PI)

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Curator: Esther L. Hill PhD, Antarctic Support Contract   |   NSF Official: Alexandra Isern, Office of Polar Programs