2016-2017 Science Planning Summaries
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2016-2017 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Operation and maintenance of a CTBT class infrasound array at Windless Bight

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Program Manager:
Ms. Jessie Crain

ASC POC/Implementer:
Jenny Cunningham / Elizabeth Kauffman

Principal Investigator

Dr. Curt Szuberla

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Geophysical Institute
Fairbanks, Alaska


Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: Windless Bight


This project operates, maintains, upgrades, calibrates, and services the joint U.S. Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) station at Windless Bight. Windless Bight's location on the Ross Ice Shelf is unique for its very-low wind levels, which makes infrasound detection possible. Infrasound can detect volcanic eruptions, winds over distant mountain ranges, large storms at sea, auroral and meteor events, earthquakes, avalanches, and human-caused events such as very large explosions.

Field Season Overview

A group of six will be equipped with standard remote field equipment (including snowmobiles, PistenBully, and Mattrack) to stay in a self-supporting field camp at Windless Bight for four weeks.

Deploying Team Members

  • Lukas Blom
  • Don Byrd
  • Jay Helmericks (Team Leader)
  • Andrew Winkelman