Staffed Field Camps
Five field camps will have resident staff to provide logistic and operational assistance to McMurdo-based researchers.
|McMurdo Dry Valleys
||77.30 S, 162.00 E|
50 nautical miles from McMurdo Station
Each year numerous groups conduct research throughout the Dry Valleys. Two resident staff will operate the main base
camp at Lake Hoare primarily to support the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) projects. The Dry Valley camp staff
also have oversight of the Lake Bonney, Lake Fryxell, and F6 field camps. Other groups will operate from small tent camps
throughout the region.
||81.39 S, 149.04 W|
507 nautical miles from McMurdo Station
Siple Dome with three resident staff will support two science projects: Slawek Tulaczyk (I-345-M), and Brenda
Hall (I-196-M) will use Siple Dome as a staging area and travel to independent, tent camps. I-345-M will obtain
GPS time series and geophysical data, while I-196-M will sample moraines along the Scott Glacier. Anne Nobel
(W-469) and Lisa Blatt (W-467-M) will take photographs at the camp, focusing on light.
|WAIS Divide Field Camp
||79.46 S, 112.08 W|
924 nautical miles from McMurdo Station
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide field camp will have an approximate population of 60 people. Eleven resident
staff support ten projects: Kendrick Taylor (I-477-M) will continue collecting a 3,400 m deep ice core in West Antarctica. Ice
Core Drilling Services (ICDC, T-350-M/Charles Bentley) will complete the setup and operate the DISC Drill System at WAIS
Divide. This year the project will work through brittle ice using the Deep Ice Sheet Core (DISC) drill. The National Ice Core
Laboratory (NICL, I-478-M/Schumann) will provide quality assurance and oversight for the DISC operations. Richard Alley
(I-168-M) will provide records of visible stratigraphy, depth evolution of ice grain size and orientation, bubble sizes, size
distributions and characteristics of the Deep Ice Sheet Core. The automatic weather station (AWS) project team (O-283-M,
Charles Stearns) will service various stations from the camp. The Polar Experiment Network for Geospace Upper atmosphere
Investigations (PENGUIn) (Lessard, A-105-M) will conduct ground based observations coinciding with satellite missions. Their
ARRO instrument will monitor substorms, polar cap physics, cusp phenomena, and radiation belt particle precipitation. Prasad
Gogineni-Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS, I-188-M) and Sridhar Anandakrishnan (I-205-M) will traverse
from WAIS Divide to the Thwaites glacier, conducting reflection seismic experiments to study flow dynamics and the glacier
subsurface. Markus Frey (I-151-M) will study the chemical record of atmospheric gases recorded in snow, firn, and ice. The
team will make atmospheric, snow and firn core measurements of selected gas, meteorological, and snow physical property
measurements and model snow/atmosphere exchange. Anne Nobel (W-469) will take photographs at the camp, focusing on light.
|AGAP South Field Camp
||84.29 S, 77.14 E|
805 nautical miles from McMurdo Station
This high elevation camp (11,700 feet with pressure altitudes commonly at 12,500 feet), with an approximate population of 40
people (10 RPSC camp staff at AGAP South), will mainly support seismic and aerial geophysical surveys of the Gamburtsev
Mountain range in East Antarctica. GAMSEIS (Nyblade, G-055) will continue their passive seismic experiment, installing an
array of seismometers. GAMBIT (Bell, I-160-M) will conduct an aerogeophysical survey using a USAP Twin Otter with support
from G-066 (Ferraccioli) and the British Antarctic Survey Twin Otter. PENGUIn (Lessard, A-106-M) will continue installing
autonomous low-power magnetometer platforms in the region.
|AGO 1 Field Camp
||83.83 S, 129.56 E|
487 nautical miles from McMurdo Station
Two camp staff will maintain the skiway and assist in Twin Otter refueling operations for GAMSEIS (G-055-M) and GAMBIT
(I-160-M, G-066-M) work. PENGUIn (Lessard, A-112-M) will service the Automatic Geophysical Observatory installed at the camp.