2018-2019 USAP Field Season
Operation and maintenance of a CTBT radionuclide monitoring station at Palmer Station
Mr. Bouvard NMI Hosticka
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
The USAP provides year-round, on-site support via support contractor research associate (RA). In addition, one engineer or scientist from the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) deploys each season for maintenance of the RASA, network switches, the uninterruptible power supply (UPS), and other computer hardware. Training for the RA is conducted by the science project and includes a site visit to the principal investigator's home institution for two days prior to deployment to Antarctica.
Deploying Team Members