2012-2013 Science Planning Summaries
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The United States Antarctic Program operates three permanent research stations on the continent and two research vessels.
  Austral Summer Season Openings Austral Winter
Season Openings
  Operational Science
McMurdo 20 Aug 2012
1 Oct 2012
28 Feb 2013
South Pole 26 Oct 2012 1 Nov 2012 15 Feb 2013
Palmer 18 Sep 2012 18 Sep 2012 N/A
Year-round operations
Vessel schedules on the Internet:
*A limited number of science projects deploy at Winfly
Estimated Population
  Summer Winter
McMurdo 940 (weekly average)
2,300 (total)
(winter total)
South Pole 150 (weekly average)
450 (total)
(winter total)
Palmer 36-44 (weekly average)
196 (total)
RV/IB NBP* 39 science and staff / 25 crew
ARSV LMG** 38 science and staff / 25 crew
*RV/IB, Research Vessel/Icebreaker
**ARSV, Antarctic Research Support Vessel
Project Indexes
Find information about current USAP projects using the principal investigator, event number station, and other indexes.
Project Search
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2012-2013 Field Season other information: Station Schedules Air Operations Staffed Field Camps Event Numbering System