2018-2019 Science Planning Summaries
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2018-2019 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Operation and maintenance of a CTBT radionuclide monitoring station at Palmer Station

Operation and maintenance of a CTBT radionuclide monitoring station at Palmer Station
T-998-P Research Location(s): Terra Lab


Event Number:

Program Manager:
Mr. Tim McGovern

ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Jamee Johnson

Principal Investigator(s)

Mr. Bouvard NMI Hosticka
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia


Supporting Stations: Palmer Station
Research Locations: Terra Lab


This project services and calibrates the automated radionuclide air-particulate monitoring system in the International Monitoring Station (IMS) building (Terra Lab) at Palmer Station. The IMS continuously collects and automatically analyzes daily air samples for radiation. The collected filter media samples from the Radionuclide Aerosol Sampler/Analyzer (RASA) are sent to Vienna, Austria for archiving on a quarterly basis. Additionally, single samples are shipped, upon request, to various laboratories elsewhere in the world.

Field Season Overview

The USAP provides year-round, on-site support via support contractor research associate (RA). In addition, one engineer or scientist from the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) deploys each season for maintenance of the RASA, network switches, the uninterruptible power supply (UPS), and other computer hardware. Training for the RA is conducted by the science project and includes a site visit to the principal investigator's home institution for two days prior to deployment to Antarctica.

Deploying Team Members

  • Bouvard Hosticka (PI)