2022-2023 USAP Field Season
Staffed Field Camps
During the 2022-23 summer season, ASC will operate three staffed field sites provide science support.
Siple Dome (SDM)
507 Nautical Miles From McMurdo Station
81° 39.840' S 149° 1.050' W
Siple Dome camp is a long-term small field camp on the Siple Coast of the Ross Ice Shelf. This season, Siple dome will support G-079-M Wilson (Polenet) and O-400-M Cassano. As Siple Dome is midway between McMurdo and WAIS Divide, it also serves a vital role fueling and providing weather observation to aircraft transiting to West Antarctica. Three resident staff will provide science support, aviation support, and facility upkeep. Siple Dome will support overnight flight crews this season in support of residential and transiting science teams.
Taylor Valley Camps
~50 Nautical Miles From McMurdo Station
77° 37.380' S 162° 53.990' E (Lake Hoare)
The Taylor Valley camps will open to provide support to ongoing science projects in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. All camps are supported by helicopter operations based at McMurdo Station. This year, two resident staff based at Lake Hoare will facilitate operations at Lake Hoare, Lake Fryxell, F6, Lake Bonney, and New Harbor camps. Supported Groups in the Taylor Valleys this season include: C-504-M Gooseff, C-505-M Priscu, C-506-M Gooseff, C-507-M Adams, C-508-M Takacs-Vesbach, C-509-M McKnight, C-511-M Doran (LTER), B-011-M Briggs, and B-047-M Sumner.
WAIS Divide Camp (WSD)
891 Nautical Miles From McMurdo Station
79° 29.000' S 112° 5.000' W
The WAIS Divide camp, with 15 resident staff will act as a regional aviation hub for West Antarctica. The camp will support the transit of three Thwaites Glacier science projects: C-445-M (Pettit-TARSAN), C-446-M (Tulaczyk-TIME), C-442-M (Anandakrishnan- GHOST) from McMurdo Station to forward field sites. The BAS (British Antarctic Survey) traverse will make several visits to WAIS in support of Thwaites science. WAIS will also support two residential science groups: O-283-M (Lazzara-AWS) and G-079-M (Wilson-POLENET) with regional day-trips to service installed remote sensing instrumentation. Additionally, the WAIS camp will support the continued maintenance of WAIS Divide camp infrastructure.