2018-2019 USAP Field Season
IRIS/PASSCAL seismic support
Mr. Kevin Michael Nikolaus
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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station, South Pole Station
The IRIS Program for Array Seismic Studies of the Continental Lithosphere (PASSCAL) Instrument Center supports NSF/OPP-funded projects. PASSCAL provides OPP support through: 1) equipment testing as it arrives on continent and rapid deployment to the field; 2) training to researchers; 3) on-continent instrument troubleshooting, performance evaluation, and data QC; 4) assisting researchers with data backup and archiving; and 5) field support, including installation and maintenance as required. Each year, the facility provides instrumentation and support to NSF-funded seismological projects while also developing cold-station deployment strategies, collaborating with vendors to develop and test equipment rated -55° C / -67° F, building an equipment pool, and creating a cold-station techniques repository. The team has been tasked by NSF with installing and maintaining a five-station permanent network on Mt. Erebus.
Field Season Overview
The T-299-M/S team will support Wilson (G-079-M), Thwaites Margins, any T-299-managed sites on Mount Erebus, and any as-yet-unplanned support, as feasible. Team members will also continue to maintain testing sites established in previous seasons.
Deploying Team Members