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

Project Title

IRIS/PASSCAL seismic support

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T-299-M/S Research Location(s): As required to support NSF-funded projects


Event Number:
NSF Agreement

Program Manager:
Dr. Michael Jackson

ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Elizabeth Kauffman / Tim Ager / Neal Scheibe

Principal Investigator(s)

Mr. Kevin Michael Nikolaus
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Socorro, New Mexico

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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station, South Pole Station
Research Locations: As required to support NSF-funded projects


The IRIS Program for Array Seismic Studies of the Continental Lithosphere (PASSCAL) Instrument Center supports NSF/OPP-funded projects. PASSCAL provides OPP support through: 1) equipment testing as it arrives on continent and rapid deployment to the field; 2) training to researchers; 3) on-continent instrument troubleshooting, performance evaluation, and data QC; 4) assisting researchers with data backup and archiving; and 5) field support, including installation and maintenance as required. Each year, the facility provides instrumentation and support to NSF-funded seismological projects while also developing cold-station deployment strategies, collaborating with vendors to develop and test equipment rated -55° C / -67° F, building an equipment pool, and creating a cold-station techniques repository. The team has been tasked by NSF with installing and maintaining a five-station permanent network on Mt. Erebus.

Field Season Overview

The T-299-M/S team will support Wilson (G-079-M), Thwaites Margins, any T-299-managed sites on Mount Erebus, and any as-yet-unplanned support, as feasible. Team members will also continue to maintain testing sites established in previous seasons.

Deploying Team Members

  • Kirsten Arnell
  • Kevin Nikolaus (PI)