2013-2014 Science Planning Summaries
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Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) activities

Program Manager:
Ms. Margaret Knuth

Event Number: T-940-M
NSF Agreement

ASC POC/Implementer:
Brian Johnson / John Rand

Ms. Lynette Anne Barna (Principal Investigator)

US Army Cold Regions Research & Engineering Lab
Hanover, New Hampshire

Supporting Stations:  McMurdo Station
Research Locations:  

Project Description:
The Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) activities encompass engineering and basic research in support of a variety of projects at both McMurdo and Palmer stations. At McMurdo Station, CRREL projects include snow road and ground-penetrating radar (GPR) work with the South Pole Traverse (SPoT) team, support for Fleet Operations and the McMurdo Station airfields, and studies on drainage issues and geotechnical assessments of McMurdo Station. At Palmer Station, CRREL will conduct surveys using both thermal infrared (IR) and LiDAR scanning to build a 3-D model, which includes both the thermal signature of the building along with its relative location in space. These results will be combined with existing engineering drawings to develop a more complete solution for evaluating and prioritizing energy improvements.

Field Season Overview:
Deployments: 6 - 1 team member; early season for SPoT, SITS, GPR, ASPRR. - 4 team members, late-season for SMAI, DFMP, DSI, SPUTM, MCMMP-DS & SPSO. - 1 team members, mid-season for SBT.

ASC POCs: ALL: Brian Johnson

Primary NSF POC: Mr. George Blaisdell

There are several needs for the 2013-14 season. Since certain items may be required for different projects (i.e. a truck may be needed for both SPoT and other projects), project identifiers are included in this overview, as well as in each section, with the specific items:

We will need access to trucks, tracked vehicles and snow mobilies (SMAI, SR&T, SAC, SPoT). Surveying support is requested for various tasks (minimal time expected). South-bound cargo will need to be com-air shipped to ChCh.

Deploying Team Members:

  • Lynette Barna (PI)
  • Zoe Courville
  • Zoe Courville
  • Terry Melendy, Jr.

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