2015-2016 Science Planning Summaries
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2015-2016 USAP Field Season
Staffed Field Camps

A total of seven field camps will have resident staff to provide logistical and operational assistance to McMurdo and vessel-based researchers.


Scientist Aneliya Sakaeva Collects Samples in the Dry Valleys

Dry Valleys

50 Nautical Miles From McMurdo Station

77.30°S, 162°E

Each year, Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) grantees and other groups conduct research in the Dry Valleys. Two resident staff will operate the main base camp at Lake Hoare and the semi-permanent camps at Lake Fryxell, F-6, and Lake Bonney. Science project teams will erect small tent camps on the Taylor Glacier, near Lake Joyce, and in the Garwood, Meirs, and Wright Valleys.


Marble Point

46 Nautical Miles From McMurdo Station

77.41°S, 163.67°E

This camp supports refueling operations for helicopters working in the Dry Valleys and on local sea ice. Two resident staff and rotating fuels operators will operate the camp. Fuel and equipment will be delivered by traverse from McMurdo Station.


Siple Dome

507 Nautical Miles From McMurdo Station

81.39°S, 149.04°W

This camp serves as a fueling point for aircraft operating between McMurdo Station and West Antarctica or South Pole. Two resident staff will provide daily weather observations and maintain the camp. Siple Dome will also house and feed Kenn Borek Air (KBA) crews as needed. This season, the team will support the science operations of Weins (G-089-M).


Portable Shelters at the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide Field Camp

WAIS Divide Field Camp

891 Nautical Miles From McMurdo Station

79.46°S, 112.08°W

The WAIS Divide field camp with 15 resident staff will support five science groups working through the site, including Twin Otter missions for Lazarra (O-283-M) and Polenet (G-079-M), the deployment of Stone (I-277-M) to the Pirrit Hills, Department of Energy's climate change studying AWARE project (O-325-M), and one participant of IDDO (T-350-M) who will lend assistance to removing the remainder of that project's equipment currently installed in the drilling arch. The West Antarctic Support Traverse and Camping teams will also work through WAIS Divide as they move to and from Byrd.


Byrd Camp

802 Nautical Miles From McMurdo Station

80.1°S, 119.64°W

A team of four will deploy to the site with the mission of unburying and re-berming the camp equipment stored there, re-raising the fuel bladders, returning the skiway to full certifications, and retrograding equipment back to McMurdo that has been called out for Shackleton Camp. A secondary traverse crew of three personnel will fly to WAIS Divide and repair heavy equipment and will traverse between Byrd and WAIS Divide to shuttle equipment to and from those locations.


Shackleton Camp

459 Nautical Miles From McMurdo Station

85.08°S, 175.38°W

Six resident staff will establish Shackleton Camp in the Transantarctic Mountains. They will receive cargo and fuel deliveries from LC-130’s to support the science groups working in and around of the mountains over the next three austral summers. The three science groups supported through Shackleton include Licht (G-095-M), Panter (G-073-M), and Bromley (I-177-M). Harvey’s ANSMET team (G-058-M) will pass through the site at the end of the season.


James Ross Island

189 Nautical Miles From McMurdo Station

64.17°S, 57.75°W

Two science teams Lamanna, (G-182-N) and Kirschvink (G-291-N) will occupy multiple multi-day field camps and make multiple day-long excursions to various locations of scientific interest in the area of the James Ross Basin. The ship-based field work will make use of small boat technologies aboard the RV/IB Nathaniel B. Palmer, as well as support from Air Center Helicopters Inc. (ACHI), to access the various locations of scientific interest.