2017-2018 USAP Field Season
Operation and maintenance of a CTBT radionuclide monitoring station at Palmer Station
Mr. Bouvard NMI Hosticka
University of Virginia
Supporting Stations: Palmer Station
This project services and calibrates the automated radionuclide air-particulate monitoring system in the International Monitoring Station (IMS) building (Terra Lab) at Palmer Station. The IMS continuously collects and automatically analyzes daily air samples for radiation. The collected filter media samples from the Radionuclide Aerosol Sampler/Analyzer (RASA) are sent to Vienna, Austria for archiving on a quarterly basis. Additionally, single samples are shipped, upon request, to various laboratories elsewhere in the world.
Field Season Overview
This event continuously collects and automatically analyses daily air samples for radiation. The collected filter media samples from the RASA are sent to Vienna Austria for archiving on a quarterly basis. Additionally, periodic requests are made for single samples to be shipped to various laboratories elsewhere in the world.
The USAP provides year-round, on-site support by the ASC research associate (RA). In addition, one engineer or scientist from the CTBTO deploys each season for maintenance of the RASA, network switches, the uninterruptable power supply (UPS), and other computer hardware. Training for the RA is conducted by the science project and includes a site visit to the PI’s home institution for two days prior to deployment.
Deploying Team Members