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

Project Title

Dry Valley seismic project

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G-078-M Research Location(s): Bull Pass, Mount Newall


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Program Director:
Dr. Michael Jackson

ASC POC/Implementer:
Curt LaBombard

Principal Investigator(s)

Dr. Robert C Kemerait
United States Air Force
Patrick AFB, Florida


Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: Bull Pass, Mount Newall


The Dry Valley seismic project monitors regional and global seismicity. The Dry Valleys' stations near McMurdo Station are part of the Air Force Technical Applications Center’s (AFTAC) southern network, which accumulates near-real-time data from nine locations in the Southern Hemisphere. The data are transmitted to the National Data Center in Florida and made available to the international scientific community.

Field Season Overview

Two personnel will deploy from October to early December. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, they will be assisting T-396 with the maintenance of the I55US infrasound site before moving to the Dry Valleys as a combined team. Participants will then refuel diesel generators and perform annual equipment maintenance and inspections at the Bull Pass (Wright Valley) seismic and Mount Newall repeater sites. The team will camp at each site for approximately 12 days. Camp put-ins and pull-outs will be by helicopter. A research associate will ensure connection to the sites are maintained year-round so data can be collected remotely.

Deploying Team Members

  • Marcus Bottensek
  • Evan Estrada