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

Project Title

Autonomous GPR survey and hazard assessment of Old South Pole Station

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T-942-S Research Location(s): Old South Pole Station site


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Program Manager:
Ms. Margaret Knuth

ASC POC/Implementer:
Samina Ouda / Ian McEwen

Principal Investigator(s)

Ms. Renee Melendy
US Army Cold Regions Research & Engineering Lab
Hanover, New Hampshire


Supporting Stations: South Pole Station
Research Locations: Old South Pole Station site


This project will conduct a comprehensive autonomous ground-penetrating radar (GPR) survey of the Old South Pole Station area to determine and map any subsurface hazards. This will enable the USAP to locate and remediate the hazards to ensure the area is safe for travel and reuse.

Field Season Overview

One person will deploy to South Pole in early January to stage field operations. Work will require use of a small tracked vehicle to tow the South Pole Traverse robot (SPoTbot) automated rover to the Old South Pole Station site as well as to operate the control electronics from inside the vehicle. The robot will return to a storage space on station each evening.

Deploying Team Members

  • Garrett Hoch