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

Project Title

Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) activities

Exposed crevasse prior to filling, McMurdo Shear Zone, as part of route relocation for the South Pole Traverse.
Photo by: Zoe Courville
T-940-M Research Location(s): McMurdo Shear Zone Camp


Event Number:
NSF Agreement

Program Manager:
Ms. Carla Haroz

ASC POC/Implementer:
Samina Ouda / Jessica Palen

Principal Investigator(s)

Dr. Zoe R Courville
US Army Cold Regions Research & Engineering Lab
Hanover, New Hampshire


Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: McMurdo Shear Zone Camp


Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) activities encompass engineering and basic research in support of a variety of projects at both McMurdo and South Pole Stations. At McMurdo Station, CRREL supports ground-penetrating radar (GPR) work with the South Pole Traverse and support for the McMurdo Station airfields. CRREL also provides general engineering analysis for projects at McMurdo and South Pole Stations.

Field Season Overview

Fieldwork will be conducted at the current McMurdo Shear Zone camp as a part of the South Pole Traverse (SPoT) route. One person will deploy along with SPoT personnel for approximately one to three weeks to conduct GPR surveys of the route.

Deploying Team Members

  • Zoe Courville (PI)
  • Zoe Courville (PI)
  • Zoe Courville (PI)