2017-2018 Science Planning Summaries
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2017-2018 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Operation and maintenance of a CTBT radionuclide monitoring station at Palmer Station


Operation and maintenance of a CTBT radionuclide monitoring station at Palmer Station

Summary

Event Number:
T-998-P
NSF/OPP CTBTO MOA

Program Manager:
Mr. Tim McGovern

ASC POC/Implementer:
Neal Scheibe / Jamee Johnson


Principal Investigator

Mr. Bouvard NMI Hosticka
bh@virginia.edu

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia


Location

Supporting Stations: Palmer Station
Research Locations: Terra Lab


Description

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

  • Bouvard Hosticka (PI)