2019-2020 USAP Field Season
Scientific studies from a network of sustainable, robotic observatories across the Antarctic ice shelf: A new approach to polar research
Dr. Andrew Gerrard
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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station, South Pole Station
The Automatic Geophysical Observatories (AGOs) are five unmanned stations deployed over the Antarctic Plateau that provide power and data transmission capabilities for various research instruments. Historically, the AGO program has collected magnetospheric data in the polar cap and auroral zone, with each AGO unit housing fluxgate and search-coil magnetometers, a riometer, a VHF antenna, and all-sky imagers. AGO platforms have attracted the attention of the broader scientific community, and now the AGO facilities also support seismometers, GPS receivers, and automatic weather stations.
Field Season Overview
One team of four, accompanied by an ASC mountaineer, will visit AGO3, AGO4, and AGO5 to upgrade and repair equipment. The first missions will be to AGO3 and AGO4 in mid to late December from South Pole. The second will be to AGO5 in mid-January from McMurdo Station.
Deploying Team Members