During the 2008-09 Antarctic field season, the UNAVCO polar group supported 24 individual PI-based science campaign projects. Sixty two receivers were sent to the continent for campaign support, including fifteen NetRS receivers. An additional ten GPS receivers remain on the ice to support long term data collection at WAIS divide under Slawek Tulaczyc. Real Time Kinematic (RTK) capabilities were provided to accurately calibrate navigation control for a state of the art underwater ROV (B-217). GPS instruments were also provided for the ongoing deformation studies on Mt. Erebus (G-081), the characterization of glacial and basal flow dynamics of the Thwates Glacier (I-206), and in support of the Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research projects (Doran, McKnight, Fountain). Additionally, two POLENET style continuously operating GPS systems were prepared for the Troll Traverse team (I-155) for installation at the Recovery Lakes site on the polar plateau.
This season saw good use of UNAVCO's new terrestrial LiDAR capabilities. The gear worked quite well in most circumstances and broadened the tools and technological capabilities provided by UNAVCO. Investigators taking advantage of the UNAVCO terrestrial LiDAR included Diane McKnight (B-421), Andrew Fountain (B-425), Phil Kyle (G-081), Ron Sletten (G-121), Alan Ashworth (G-294), and Sujoy Mukhopadhyay (G-438).
Highlights from the season:
Figure 1 - UNAVCO terrestrial LiDAR performs a time series scan of the lava lake in the caldera of Mt. Erebus (G-081).
Figure 2 - UNAVCO engineer Marianne Okal precisely locates navigation nodes for the ROV SCINI (B-174).
Figure 3 - New monument BON1 was created at Lake Bonney in the Taylor valley to better serve the LTER community. The old control point BONN is in danger of inundation from rising lake levels.
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