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

Project Title

OPP/USAP Diving Safety Officer (DSO) and Scientific Diving Control Board (SDCB) visit

PI John Heine (right) and Jeff Bozanic (left) will be evaluating the use of rebreathers under the ice this season at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Photo by: Marc Slattery


Event Number:

Program Manager:
Mr. Jon Fentress

ASC POC/Implementer:
Jenny Cunningham / Rob Robbins

Principal Investigator

Mr. John N Heine

Jacksonville University
Jacksonville, Florida


Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: McMurdo Sea Ice


Project participants will participate in and observe scientific diving operations and dive locker activities and procedures. They will also interact with all of the science groups that are participating in diving operations for the season. The OPP/USAP diving safety officer (DSO) will create an annual report, which is then presented to the Scientific Diving Control Board (SDCB) at the annual meeting in Washington, D.C. the following year. This visit assists the team members in making suggestions for improvements to the diving program.

Field Season Overview

The team will work with three Antarctic Support Contractor (ASC) divers while based at McMurdo Station for six weeks. The group will require Reed-drilled holes in the ice. They will conduct work at established dive sites in the vicinity of McMurdo Station.

Deploying Team Members

  • Jeffrey Bozanic
  • John Heine (PI)
  • Christian McDonald