2017-2018 Science Planning Summaries
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2017-2018 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) activities

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Event Number:
NSF Agreement

Program Manager:
Ms. Margaret Knuth

ASC POC/Implementer:
Samina Ouda / Bob DeValentino

Principal Investigator

Ms. Renee Melendy

US Army Cold Regions Research & Engineering Lab
Hanover, New Hampshire


Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: On station / McMurdo Shear Zone


The Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) activities encompass engineering and basic research in support of a variety of projects at both McMurdo and South Pole Stations. At McMurdo Station, CRREL supports ground-penetrating radar (GPR) work with the South Pole Traverse (SPoT) and support for the McMurdo Station airfields. CRREL also provides general engineering analysis for projects at McMurdo and South Pole Stations.

Field Season Overview

The field season entails one ground penetrating radar (GPR) operator traveling to McMurdo Station, then on to the McMurdo Shear Zone with South Pole Traverse personnel by tractor. The operator will likely spend 10-12 days surveying the route using GPR, helping to profile any potentially hazardous findings, helping to mitigate any hazards, and resurveying the route after mitigation. The second participant will travel to South Pole in January.

Deploying Team Members

  • Lynette Barna
  • Zoe Courville
  • Renee Melendy (PI)