2018-2019 USAP Field Season
Staffed Field Camps
A total of five field camps will have resident staff to provide logistical and operational assistance to McMurdo-based researchers.
50 Nautical Miles From McMurdo Station
77.6°S, 162.9°E (Lake Hoare Camp)
Each year, McMurdo Long Term Ecological Research (MCM LTER) grantees and other science teams conduct research in the Dry Valleys while based at the semi-permanent facilities located in the Taylor Valley. All the facilities are supported by helicopter operations based in McMurdo. This year, two resident staff based at Lake Hoare will oversee operations at Lake Hoare, Lake Fryxell, F6, and Lake Bonney camps, as well as a small temporary camp at Lake Miers (located farther south in the Dry Valleys). The facility at New Harbor will not be open in 2018-19.
Science teams B-320-M (Schmidt), B-235-M (Salvatore), and a component of C-516-M (Tulaczyk) will be based out of the Taylor Valley camps this season, along with the seven MCM LTER teams. T-295-M (Pettit - UNAVCO (University NAVSTAR Consortium)) will also provide 1-2 participants to support the MCM LTER. An artist/writer grantee, W-220-M (Waldman), will stay for a short period at Lake Hoare and possibly one other Taylor Valley camp. In addition, ANZ K-080 (Hawes) will join MCM LTER for a short period at Lake Bonney. Two other ANZ teams, K-240 (Morton) and K-042 (Stern) have requested stays at two Taylor Valley camps.
507 Nautical Miles From McMurdo Station
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, a McMurdo construction team will deploy to Siple to relocate the RAC tent and freezer cave. While en route a ANZ tractor traverse (K-408-A) will briefly assist in the construction effort, supplying tractor support. Currently, there are no USAP science events scheduled to utilize Siple Dome.
WAIS Divide Field Camp
891 Nautical Miles From McMurdo Station
The WAIS Divide field camp with ten resident staff will act as a regional aviation hub for West Antarctica. The camp will support 5 science projects: C-444-M (Holland-MELT), C-446-M (Tulaczyk-TIME), G-065-M (Mitrovica), G-079-M (Wilson-POLENET), O-283-M (Lazarra-AWS) and their Twin Otter missions from the site. Camp staff will also assist in the retro movement to McMurdo of field gear that was cached by T-150-M (IDDO).
Byrd Surface Camp
900 Nautical Miles From McMurdo Station
Byrd camp serves as a fueling point for aircraft operating between McMurdo Station and West Antarctica. Three resident staff will provide daily weather observations, maintain the camp and receive bulk fuel for out-year operations in support of the Thwaites Glacier campaign. Byrd camp will also have the ability to house and feed Kenn Borek Air (KBA) crews as needed.
SALSA Traverse and Camp
535 Nautical Miles From McMurdo Station
84.4°S, 149.3°E (SLM)
The Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access (SALSA) camp is a heavy science traverse-supported drilling site that will act as a fixed field camp for the 2018-19 field season. The camp will support all SALSA science events including: C-533-M (Priscu), C-534-M (Priscu), I-353-M (Fricker), and T-524-M (McManis). The site will support both LC-130 and Twin Otter/Basler aviation operations. All materials on site will be relocated to McMurdo Station or staged at Camp 20 for out-year retro movement.