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

Project Title

Dry Valley seismic project

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Program Manager:
Dr. Douglas Kowalewski

ASC POC/Implementer:
Jenny Cunningham / Elizabeth Kauffman

Principal Investigator

Dr. Robert C Kemerait

United States Air Force
Patrick AFB, Florida


Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: McMurdo Dry Valleys


The Dry Valley seismic project monitors regional and global seismicity. The Dry Valleys' stations are part of the Air Force Technical Applications Center’s (AFTAC) southern network, which accumulates near-real-time data from nine locations in the Southern Hemisphere. The data are transmitted to the National Data Center in Florida and made available to the international scientific community.

Field Season Overview

Four to six personnel will deploy from late October through late November to refuel diesel generators and perform annual equipment maintenance and inspections at the Bull Pass (Wright Valley) seismic and Mt. Newall repeater sites. The team will camp at each site for seven to ten days. Camp put-ins and pull-outs will be by helicopter.

Deploying Team Members

  • Brian Fox
  • Stephen Hall
  • Jeremy Hannah
  • Andrew Pouncy
  • Justin Sherman
  • Richard Westra