2015-2016 Science Planning Summaries
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2015-2016 USAP Field Season
Station and Vessel Schedules

The United States Antarctic Program operates three permanent research stations on the continent and two research vessels.


Opening Dates

  Austral Summer Openings Austral Winter Openings
Operational Science
McMurdo 20 Aug 2015
(Winfly*)
29 Sep 2015
(Mainbody)
28 Feb 2016
South Pole 1 Nov 2015 1 Nov 2015 15 Feb 2016
Palmer 17 Sep 2015 10 Oct 2015 N/A
Research Vessels Vessels Operate Year-Round
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*A limited number of science projects deploy at Winfly

Estimated Population

Summer Winter
McMurdo 850 (weekly average)
2,300 (total)
180
(winter total)
South Pole 150 (weekly average)
450 (total)
40
(winter total)
Palmer 36-44 (weekly average)
196 (total)
RV/IB* NBP 39 science and staff / 25 crew
Total annual science personnel: 132
ARSV** LMG 38 science and staff / 25 crew
Total annual science personnel: 50
*RV/IB, Research Vessel/Icebreaker
**ARSV, Antarctic Research Support Vessel