2020-2021 Science Planning Summaries
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2020-2021 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

IRIS/PASSCAL seismic support

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T-299-M/S Research Location(s): McMurdo Station, South Pole Station


Event Number:
NSF Agreement

Program Manager:
Dr. Michael Jackson

ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Elizabeth Kauffman / Paul Sullivan / Sheryl Seagraves

Principal Investigator(s)

Mr. Kent Anderson
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology
Socorro, New Mexico

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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station, South Pole Station
Research Locations: McMurdo Station, South Pole Station


The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (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 with 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 to -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 Mount Erebus (see T-312).

Field Season Overview

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic impacts, only one participant will deploy in 2020-21 to provide support of Thwaites project instrumentation and equipment recovery and sustainment activities.

Deploying Team Members

  • John Meyers
  • John Meyers
  • John Meyers