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

Project Title

Wall Street Journal Media Event

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Program Manager:
Mr. Peter West

ASC POC/Implementer:
Jenny Cunningham / Elaine Hood

Principal Investigator(s)

Ms. Daniela Hernandez
1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York


Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: McMurdo Station / Taylor Valley / Round Mountain


The Wall Street Journal’s Digital Science Editor will travel to Antarctica to produce content focused on the intersection of science and engineering. She will report on the use of automation and robots to explore under the sea ice and the scientific insights these technologies make possible (Schmidt B-041-M). She will also follow science groups that are using sensors to collect meteorology, hydrology, and other data in the McMurdo Dry Valleys (Doran C-511-M, and Tulaczyk C-516-M). The resulting written, visual, and audio media content will be distributed to a wide audience via a blog, social media platforms, and a podcast.

Field Season Overview

Two participants (journalist Hernandez and a photographer) will deploy to McMurdo Station on 19 November and will redeploy on 4 December. The group has three primary goals for working with science groups while in Antarctica: • Peter Doran (C-511): Overnight 2-3 nights (if possible) at a Taylor Valley fixed camp with C-511, and shadow the group as they work in the field. • Slawek Tulaczyk (C-516): One day trip to the field camp at Round Mountain to observe ANTAEM setup and launch. • Britney Schmidt (B-041): One to two day trips on the sea ice with the science team to observe ROV operation. The group has also reached out to Scott Landolt (Seefeldt O-456) and may join his team on a day trip from McMurdo. Other activities at McMurdo may include touring the station and Crary Laboratory to connect with grantees and support staff, joining ASC divers for a day trip to a dive hole on the sea ice, and possibly visiting South Pole Station on a turnaround flight (no overnight at Pole). The group will be escorted by Peter West for the majority of their visit. If camp population or helicopter availability is limited, Peter West may not escort the group on their Dry Valleys trip(s).

Deploying Team Members

  • Daniela Hernandez (PI)