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

Project Title

Joint Antarctic Science Expedition (JASE)

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Event Number:
NSF/OPP Award 1748137

Program Manager:
Ms. Elizabeth Rom

ASC POC/Implementer:
Matthew Erickson / Curt Labombard

Principal Investigator

Dr. Ross Virginia

Dartmouth College
Environmental Studies Program
Hanover, New Hampshire

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Supporting Stations: Special Project
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The Joint Antarctic Science Expedition (JASE) program is designed to promote polar science education and cross-cultural exchange and is run in parallel with the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP), currently led by faculty at Dartmouth College. Dartmouth has a lead role in the JASE program, a collaborative venture of the NSF‘s Office of Polar Programs (NSF/OPP) and the Chilean National Antarctic Institute (Instituto Antártico Chileno (INACH)). INACH has invited the United States to participate in an expedition to King George Island that will provide high-school students and teachers the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with ecosystems research in Antarctica.

Field Season Overview

Dartmouth PIs assembled a team of six for the 2017 Joint Antarctic School Expedition, including a team leader (Culler), a teacher (Erica Wallstrom), and four high school students. Dartmouth is coordinating the travel logistics for the trip, including travel to and from Punta Arenas (PA). Lodging and meals while in PA are provided by INACH. Ross Virginia (Dartmouth College PI) and Lauren Culler (Dartmouth College Co-PI) are the project’s Point of Contacts (POCs), and will have primary responsibility for management and oversight of the US JASE participants, and will work closely with designated representatives of the USAP and INACH to ensure the high level of coordination required ensure a safe program that meets the educational goals of JASE. All US participants identified by the project’s POCs will physically qualify (PQ) through the USAP PQ process. The USAP will also provide ECW gear for all participants. ECW gear is distributed from the USAP warehouse facilities located at Arturo Prat Pier in PA.

Six participants will fly from the United States to Punta Arenas, Chile (PA) in January 2017 (final dates determined by INACH). The participants will be outfitted with Extreme Cold Weather (ECW) gear from the USAP facilities in PA and then travel to and from KGI via air support provided by INACH. Flights between PA and the United States, and food and lodging while in PA, will be coordinated and paid for by Dartmouth College through the grant and INACH. No USAP Travel support is required.

Deploying Team Members

  • Cristopher Alvarado
  • Lauren Culler (Co-PI)
  • Lucia Hruby
  • Audrey Reyes
  • Annika Salmi
  • Erica Wallstrom