2021-2022 Science Planning Summaries
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2021-2022 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Global seismograph station at South Pole and Palmer stations

Global seismograph station at South Pole and Palmer stations
G-090-P Research Location(s): Palmer Station Terra Lab, Scott Base, South Pole


Event Number:
NSF / USGS Agreement

Program Director:
Dr. Michael Jackson

ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Jamee Johnson

Principal Investigator(s)

Mr. Edward Paul Kromer
United States Geological Survey
Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory
Albuquerque, New Mexico


Supporting Stations: Palmer Station
Research Locations: Palmer Station Terra Lab, Scott Base, South Pole


The United States Geological Survey's Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory (USGS- ASL), in collaboration with the NSF-sponsored Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology consortium's Portable Network's Instrumentation Center (IRIS-PASSCAL), maintains and operates seismometers at South Pole in the South Pole Remote Earth Science and Seismological Observatory (SPRESSO) vault and at Palmer Station in the Terra Lab.

Field Season Overview

The project has space in Terra Lab for data analyzer hardware. All other hardware and the seismometer are housed in the seismic vault behind Terra Lab. Two participants will deploy to Palmer Station for three weeks to replace the instruments in the seismic vault. Planned activities include using a USGS-provided rock drill to site new instruments. No team members will deploy to Scott Base or South Pole this season. The Antarctic Support Contract will provide year-round, onsite support by a research associate.

Deploying Team Members

  • Edward Kromer (PI)
  • Nicholas Voss