2016-2017 Science Planning Summaries
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2016-2017 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 (Winfly*) 20 Aug 2016
22 Aug 2016
28 Feb 2017
McMurdo (Mainbody) 3 Oct 2016
4 Oct 2016
South Pole 1 Nov 2016 1 Nov 2016 15 Feb 2017
Palmer 6 Oct 2016 5 Apr 2017 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)
(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
Total annual science personnel: 50
*RV/IB, Research Vessel/Icebreaker
**ARSV, Antarctic Research Support Vessel
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Curator: Esther L. Hill PhD, Antarctic Support Contract   |   NSF Official: Alexandra Isern, Office of Polar Programs