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Party: Czech Republic
2016/2017 Annual Information
Forward Plans
Scientific Information - Forward Plans
Science Plan/Program/Project: Geomorphological research
Planned Operating Period: From  01 Dec 2017   To  24 Mar 2018
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Daniel Nyvlt
Job Title or Position: Czech Antarctic Programme Head
Phone: 00420-549-49-5846
Email: daniel.nyvlt@seznam.cz
Details/Description: Monitoring of periglacial processes associated with snow thawing, seasonal active layer changes and periglacial sorting is planned for this season. Dynamics of proglacial braided streams, together with quantification of wind-blown material are further topics of research.
Link (URL): http://www.sci.muni.cz/CARI/Clima_Geo_Lab.htm
Additional Information:  
Discipline: Geology, Geomorhology, Periglacial and fluvial geomorphology
Areas of Activity
Ulu Peninsula
Deception Island
Byers peninsula in Livingston Island
Science Plan/Program/Project: Permafrost research
Planned Operating Period: From  01 Dec 2017   To  24 Mar 2018
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Daniel Nyvlt
Job Title or Position: Czech Antarctic Programme Head
Phone: 00420-549-49-5846
Email: daniel.nyvlt@seznam.cz
Details/Description: Physical properties of active layer and upper parts of permafrost are continuously monitored at two CALM-S sites and various profiles in ice-free areas of Ulu Peninsula using installed sensors, manual probing, as well as by electromagnetic conductivity survey. Thermal conductivity will be studied directly in the field, as well as in laboratory on material planned to sample this season.
Link (URL): http://www.sci.muni.cz/CARI/Clima_Geo_Lab.htm
Additional Information:  
Discipline: Geomorhology
Areas of Activity
Ulu Peninsula
Deception Island
Livingston Island
Science Plan/Program/Project: Medical research
Planned Operating Period: From  08 Jan 2018   To  31 Mar 2018
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Milos Bartak
Job Title or Position: Czech Antarctic Programme Scientific Coordinator
Phone: +420-549-49-3087
Email: mbartak@sci.muni.cz
Details/Description: Medical research will focused on health of crew members. The research will incorporate repeated measurements of blood pressure parameters using a 24 hour-lasting ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.
Link (URL): https://www.muni.cz/med/people/60276?lang=en
Additional Information:  
Discipline: Human stress physiology
Areas of Activity
Mendel Station

Science Plan/Program/Project: Diatomology, Algology & Limnology
Planned Operating Period: From  13 Jan 2018   To  24 Mar 2018
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Daniel Nyvlt
Job Title or Position: Czech Antarctic Programme Head
Phone: 00420-549-49-5846
Email: daniel.nyvlt@seznam.cz
Details/Description: Biodiversity of terrestrial and freshwater diatoms - Biodiversity of terrestrial and freshwater diatoms is planned to study in soils, mosses, microbiological mats, wet walls, seepages, streams, lakes, cryoconites at diverse sites located on ice-free areas of James Ross Island, Dundee Island and northern Antarctic Peninsula to understand biodiversity of Antarctic terrestrial diatoms. Certain diatom species, such as Pinnularia borealis will be sampled for molecular biological research and will be put on WC medium and/or DNA buffer.
Link (URL): http://botzool.sci.muni.cz/?lang=en
Additional Information:  
Discipline: Limnology, Microbiology
Areas of Activity
Ulu Peninsula
Vega Island
Hope Bay
Dundee Island
Science Plan/Program/Project: Durability and stability of advanced plastic materials in Antarctica
Planned Operating Period: From  13 Jan 2018   To  24 Mar 2018
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Pavel Kapler
Job Title or Position: Czech Antarctic Programme Executive Officer
Phone: +420-549-49-6829
Email: kapler@sci.muni.cz
Details/Description: Advanced plastic materials will be exposed to the Antarctic conditions in order to observe the level of degradation caused by the UV-radiation. Absolutely no material is to be left as the harm to the local environment.
Link (URL): http://www.vutbr.cz/en/people/jiri-tochacek-32308
Additional Information:  
Discipline: Construction & material science
Areas of Activity
Mendel Station
Science Plan/Program/Project: Geological research
Planned Operating Period: From  13 Jan 2018   To  24 Mar 2018
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Daniel Nyvlt
Job Title or Position: Czech Antarctic Programme Head
Phone: 00420-549-49-5846
Email: daniel.nyvlt@seznam.cz
Details/Description: Sampling of volcanic rocks for geochemical and isotopic research is planned for volcanic sequences previously not sampled by Czech scientists to extend the geochemical database of volcanic rocks from James Ross Island Volcanic Group and study geochemical signature of individual phases of this back-arc volcanic centre.
Link (URL): http://www.sci.muni.cz/CARI/Clima_Geo_Lab.htm
Additional Information:  
Discipline: Geology, Geochemistry, Geomorhology, Volcanology
Areas of Activity
Ulu Peninsula
Vega Island

Science Plan/Program/Project: Glaciological research
Planned Operating Period: From  13 Jan 2018   To  24 Mar 2018
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Daniel Nyvlt
Job Title or Position: Czech Antarctic Programme Head
Phone: 00420-549-49-5846
Email: daniel.nyvlt@seznam.cz
Details/Description: Mass balance assessment using ablation stakes together with ground penetrating radar survey will be performed at Davies Dome, Whisky Glacier, Triangular Glacier and San José Glacier as a part of long-term research of small glaciers changes. This will be supplemented by maintenance of automatic weather stations located on these glaciers.
Link (URL): http://www.sci.muni.cz/CARI/Clima_Geo_Lab.htm
Additional Information:  
Discipline: Glaciology
Areas of Activity
Ulu Peninsula
Science Plan/Program/Project: Hydrological characteristics of streams and lakes
Planned Operating Period: From  13 Jan 2018   To  24 Mar 2018
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Daniel Nyvlt
Job Title or Position: Czech Antarctic Programme Head
Phone: 00420-549-49-5846
Email: daniel.nyvlt@seznam.cz
Details/Description: Stream discharge and suspended load will be quantified at three streams of northern Ulu Peninsula (Algal Stream, Bohemian Stream, Monolith Stream) using automated hydrostatic pressure sensors calibrated by manual acoustic doppler measurements. Annual courses of water temperature data will be downloaded from data loggers placed into various lakes.
Link (URL): http://www.sci.muni.cz/CARI/Clima_Geo_Lab.htm
Additional Information:  
Discipline: Hydrology
Areas of Activity
Ulu Peninsula
Science Plan/Program/Project: Long-term manipulated warming of vegetation
Planned Operating Period: From  13 Jan 2018   To  24 Mar 2018
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Milos Bartak
Job Title or Position: Czech Antarctic Programme Scientific Coordinator
Phone: +420-549-49-3087
Email: mbartak@sci.muni.cz
Details/Description: A long-term experiment with manipulated warming of vegetation cover using open top chambers (OTC) will continue. Vegetation cover as well as microclimate in 12 OTCs, located in three contrasting localities will be investigated. Yearly data on effective quantum yield of photosynthetic processes in PS will be downloaded from fluorometers permanently-installed over moss (Bryum sp.) carpets in OTC and outside control plots.
Link (URL): http://www.sci.muni.cz/CARI/EEE_Lab.htm
Additional Information:  
Discipline: Botany
Areas of Activity
Ulu Peninsula

Science Plan/Program/Project: Long-term monitoring of meteorological characteristics
Planned Operating Period: From  13 Jan 2018   To  24 Mar 2018
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Kamil Laska
Job Title or Position: Climatologist
Phone: 00420-549-49-5750
Email: laska@sci.muni.cz
Details/Description: In climate research, data download and maintenance of >10 automatic weather stations (AWS) will be undertaken during the expedition. Main objective is to continue a long-term monitoring of various abiotic factors (air, surface and soil temperatures, wind speed and direction) as well as investigations of spatiotemporal variability of the climatic conditions of the Ulu Peninsula.
Link (URL): http://www.sci.muni.cz/CARI/Clima_Geo_Lab.htm
Additional Information:  
Discipline: Meteorology, Climate studies
Areas of Activity
Ulu Peninsula
Botany Bay
Base Bernardo O'Higgins del Ejército de Chile
Laboratorio Antártico Multidisciplinario (LAMBI), en Base Marambio
Science Plan/Program/Project: Microbiological research
Planned Operating Period: From  13 Jan 2018   To  24 Mar 2018
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Milos Bartak
Job Title or Position: Czech Antarctic Programme Scientific Coordinator
Phone: +420-549-49-3087
Email: mbartak@sci.muni.cz
Details/Description: Microbiological research will focus on antimicrobilogical activities of Pseudomonas sp. from different terrestrial ecosystems, as well as on the study of microbiota associated with animals (birds and seals) and soil and rock microbiota including black fungi. The samples will be cultivated on agar plates at Mendel Station.
Link (URL): http://www.sci.muni.cz/ccm/index.html
Additional Information:  
Discipline: Microbiology
Areas of Activity
Ulu Peninsula
Science Plan/Program/Project: Monitoring of dissolved oxygen content small-area ponds
Planned Operating Period: From  13 Jan 2018   To  24 Mar 2018
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Milos Bartak
Job Title or Position: Czech Antarctic Programme Scientific Coordinator
Phone: +420-549-49-3087
Email: mbartak@sci.muni.cz
Details/Description: Using a field system composed of oxygen electrodes, thermocouples, PAR sensors, and data loggers, in situ long-term monitoring of dissolved oxygen concentration (DOC) will be carried out in various ponds as continuation of this research from previous years.
Link (URL): http://www.sci.muni.cz/CARI/EEE_Lab.htm
Additional Information:  
Discipline: Botany, Biological sciences - other
Areas of Activity
Ulu Peninsula

Science Plan/Program/Project: Solar radiation monitoring
Planned Operating Period: From  13 Jan 2018   To  24 Mar 2018
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Kamil Laska
Job Title or Position: Climatologist
Phone: 00420-549-49-5750
Email: laska@sci.muni.cz
Details/Description: Yearly data on global irradiance, photosynthetically active radiation (PAR), UV-A, UV-B radiation will be downloaded from particular sensors linked to dataloggers at Mendel Station. Prediction of the erythemally effective UVB radiation and evaluation of the influences of atmospheric factors (ozone concentration, optical air mass, aerosols) will be studied using non-linear modelling approach.
Link (URL): http://www.sci.muni.cz/CARI/Clima_Geo_Lab.htm
Additional Information:  
Discipline: Meteorology, Climate studies
Areas of Activity
Laboratorio Antártico Multidisciplinario (LAMBI), en Base Marambio
Mendel Station

Science Activities in Previous Year
Scientific Information - Science Activities in Previous Year
Project Name/Number: Diatomology, Algology & Limnology
Discipline: Limnology, Diatomology, algology
Principal Investigator: Prof. Milos Bartak & Jan Kavan (both Masaryk University) & Matej Roman (Charles University Prague)
Main Activity/ Remarks: Samples of soil, mosses and microbiological mats from cca 25 individual sampling sites located on deglaciated part of James Ross Island were taken to estimate biodiversity of Antarctic terrestrial diatoms. Typically, the following compartments of Antarctic ecosystems were sampled: soils, seepages, wet rock walls, cryoconites. At wet sampling sites, pH and conductivity of water was mesured and the subsamples of substrate matter were dried out for consequent analyses of physical and chemical parameters related to sampling sites. Using optical microscopy, some diatoms were identified during expedition in Mendel station laboratory, e.g. Gleocapsa sp. from wet rock walls and Pinnularia borealis from moss samples. Majority of samples were put on WC medium and/or DNA buffer, transferred to the Czech Republic and co-operating institution (Univ. Ghent, Belgium) for further taxonomic ad genetic studies exploiting electron microscopy and molecular biology methods. Samples from seal carcases were taken so that diatoms diversity could be evaluated. The samples represented small pieces of skin, bone tissue, substrate affected by organic matter input from decaying seal bodies and unaffected control (mineral substrate in close neighbourhood of the carcases. Diatoms, cyanobacteria and algae were isolated from the samples and cultivated on a Z and WC agar. Colonization of seal carasses by lichens and mosses was studied as well with the main ephasis given to the species richness in a close neighbourhood of the carcasses as dependent on liquid water availability and stage of dissintegration of seal remnants.
Link (URL): http://botzool.sci.muni.cz/?lang=en
Additional Information:  
Operating Period: From:  20 Jan 2017   To:  28 Feb 2017
Areas of Operation
Ulu Peninsula
Project Name/Number: Durability and stability of advanced plastic materials in Antarctica
Discipline: Technical studies
Principal Investigator: Assoc. Prof. Jiri Tochacek (Central European Institute of Technology at the Brno Technical University) & Dr. Pavel Kapler (Masaryk University)
Main Activity/ Remarks: Advanced plastic materials were exposed to the Antarctic conditions in order to observe the level of degradation caused by the UV-radiation. Results will be taken in the next season. Absolutely no material is to be left as the harm to the local environment.
Link (URL): http://www.vutbr.cz/en/people/jiri-tochacek-32308
Additional Information:  
Operating Period: From:  10 Jan 2015   To:  29 Feb 2020
Areas of Operation
Mendel Station
Project Name/Number: Geological & geomorphological research
Discipline: Geology , Geomorhology, Geochemistry
Principal Investigator: Assoc. Prof. Daniel Nyvlt, Lukas Marecek, Filip Hrbacek & Michaela Knazkova (all Masaryk University) & Matej Roman (Charles University Prague)
Main Activity/ Remarks: Geochemistry and magnetic properties of back-arc volcanic rocks of James Ross Island Volcanic Group were studied and sampled in the field. Deglaciation chronologies including material sampling for cosmic ray exposure dating was undertaken on Ulu Peninsula, JRI and Cape Lamb, Vega Island. Paraglacial and periglacial activity and processes were studied on landforms with different deglaciation age. Areas of Operation: Ulu Peninsula (James Ross Island), Cape Lamb (Vega Island).
Link (URL): http://www.sci.muni.cz/CARI/Clima_Geo_Lab.htm
Additional Information:  
Operating Period: From:  20 Jan 2017   To:  28 Feb 2017
Areas of Operation
Vega Island
Ulu Peninsula
Project Name/Number: Glaciological & permafrost research
Discipline: Geology , Geomorhology, Glaciology
Principal Investigator: Assoc. Prof. Daniel Nyvlt, Assoc. Prof. Kamil Láska, Filip Hrbacek, Jakub Ondruch, Jan Kavan (all Masaryk University) & Assoc. Prof. Zbynek Engel, Jana Smolikova (both Charles University Prague)
Main Activity/ Remarks: Field works were performed at the Davies Dome ice cap and Whisky Glacier in Jan – Feb 2017 as a part of long-term research. Field camp was established close to Monolith Lake to provide a better acccess to glaciological research carried out at the two glaciers. Ablation and/or accumulation rates were evaluated using bamboo stakes and GPS. The data allowed determination of glacier volumes that are used for mass balance determination. Yearly data (2016-2017) on the microclimate of both glaciers were downloaded from 5 automatic weather stations located (1) at the top of the Davies Dome ice cap (530 m a.s.l.) and (2) the upper part of the Whisky Glacier (356 m a.s.l.), and Triangular Glacier (120-230 m a.s.l.). The automatic weather stations were partly repaired and adjusted to actual height of snow accumulations. Energy supply to the automatic weather stations was provided by high-capacity batteries supplemented with external photovoltaic panels. Monitoring of mass balance changes and glacier flow of small local glaciers (Whisky Glacier and Davies Dome) continued during this season. These changes are supplemented by meteorological data from individual automatic weather stations located at both glaciers and their forefields. In Jan-Feb 2017, the measurements of the permafrost depth along a 6-km-long profile (Mendel station-Johnson mesa - Brandy Bay) was done using a probe approach. The data were compared to those recorded in previous season. At two monitoring plots covering an area of 5.600 m2, soil samples in vertical profile of some probes were taken for further analyses of grain size and mass/volume soil characteristics. Periglacial research was focused on evaluation of thermal properties of active layer of permafrost and the upper layer of permafrost using a profile method. Altogether, 14 profiles were investigated. Active layer thickness was measured by a probe at 71 particular points. Soil samples were collected at Abernethy Flats, Cape Lachman and Berry Hill for grain size and soil humidity evaluation. Periglacial processes were monitored by 5 sensors evaluating regelation of permafrost active layer and solifluction rate (8 particular plots).
Link (URL): http://www.sci.muni.cz/CARI/Clima_Geo_Lab.htm
Additional Information:  
Operating Period: From:  20 Jan 2017   To:  28 Feb 2017
Areas of Operation
Vega Island
Ulu Peninsula

Project Name/Number: Hydrological characteristics of streams and lakes
Discipline: Hydrology
Principal Investigator: Jakub Ondruch & Jan Kavan (both Masaryk University)
Main Activity/ Remarks: Stream discharge was measured on 2 representative basins (Algal stream & Bohemian stream) at northern part of James Ross Island using the approach of automated hydrostatic pressure sensors calibrated by manual measurements (Acoustic Doppler current profiler - ADCP). Moreover, suspended sediment load was assessed in Algal and Bohemian Streams using direct sampling and mineral particles fraction analysis. Annual courses of water temperature data were downloaded from data loggers placed into Green Lake, Monolith Lake, and Great Lachman Lake. In addition, short-term measurements of surface thermal properties of selected lakes and their surroundings were done using a thermo camera approach. The data will be used for characterisation of relief-, season-, and atmospheric parameters-related differences between lakes of contrasting genesis. Within the period of January-February 2017, single measurements of water pH and conductivity was done at 90 different streams, lakes and ponds in order to relate such parameters to stream/lake general characteristics and genesis.
Link (URL): http://www.sci.muni.cz/CARI/Clima_Geo_Lab.htm
Additional Information:  
Operating Period: From:  20 Jan 2017   To:  28 Feb 2017
Areas of Operation
Ulu Peninsula
Project Name/Number: Lichenology (taxonomy)
Discipline: Botany
Principal Investigator: Prof. Martin Backor (UPJS, Slovakia), Prof. Milos Bartak (Masaryk University) & Assoc. Prof. M. Gokhan Halici (University of Kayseri, Turkey)
Main Activity/ Remarks: Basic taxonomic research of mosses and lichens species at Ulu Peninsula (northern part of James Ross Island).
Link (URL): http://www.sci.muni.cz/CARI/EEE_Lab.htm
Additional Information:  
Operating Period: From:  20 Jan 2017   To:  28 Feb 2017
Areas of Operation
Ulu Peninsula
Project Name/Number: Long-term manipulated warming of vegetation
Discipline: Plant physiology, Botany
Principal Investigator: Prof. Milos Bartak & Dr. Peter Vaczi (Institute of Experimental Biology of the Faculty of Science of Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)
Main Activity/ Remarks: A long-term experiment with manipulated warming of vegetation cover using open top chambers (OTCs) was established in 2007. Since that time, vegetation cover as well as microclimate in 12 OTCs, located in three contrasting localities of James Ross Island have been investigated. The localities represents: (A) coastal vegetation oasis, (B) plateau of a table mountain (350 m a.s.l.), and (C) freshly deglaciated area close to the glacier margin (410 m a.sl.) are investigated. In January 2017, microclimatic data from OTCs and control plots from the A, B and C sites were downloaded and analyzed in order to evaluate chamber effect. The data represent a set of the following parameters (measured both in OTCs and outside control plots): air temperature at 30 cm above soil surface, surface temperature and air humidity, soil temperature at 5, 10 and 15 cm depth. Yearly data on effective quantum yield of photosynthetic processes in PS were downloaded from fluorometers permanently-installed over moss (Bryum sp.) carpets in OTC and outside control plots. The data indicated subperiods of physiologically active and inactive state of the moss caused by freezing temperature, dehydration and light limitation. On A, B, and C sites, photographs of vegetation cover inside the OTC and control plots were taken using a grid method in order to evaluate growth responses to long-term elevated temperature. The vegetation cover area, bare soil area and area covered by stones were evaluated using image processing software. From typical sites in OTCs and outside control plots, moss and soil samples were taken for analysis of microbial community so that the effect of long-term elevated air temperature could be evaluated.
Link (URL): http://www.sci.muni.cz/CARI/EEE_Lab.htm
Additional Information:  
Operating Period: From:  20 Jan 2017   To:  28 Feb 2017
Areas of Operation
Ulu Peninsula
Project Name/Number: Long-term monitoring of meteorological characteristics
Discipline: Climate studies, Meteorology
Principal Investigator: Assoc. Prof. Kamil Laska & Filip Hrbacek (Institute of Geography of the Faculty of Science of Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic)
Main Activity/ Remarks: In climate research, data download and maintenance of 10 automatic weather stations (AWS) situated at James Ross Island was done in Jan-Feb 2017. Main objective was to continue a long-term monitoring of various abiotic factors (air, surface and soil temperatures, wind speed and direction) as well as investigations of spatiotemporal variability of the climatic conditions of the Ulu Peninsula. Another objective was to explain the processes leading to regional atmospheric warming and to determine relief influences on air masses transformation and boundary layer processes.
Link (URL): http://www.sci.muni.cz/CARI/Clima_Geo_Lab.htm
Additional Information:  
Operating Period: From:  20 Jan 2017   To:  28 Feb 2017
Areas of Operation
Base Bernardo O'Higgins del Ejército de Chile
Ulu Peninsula
Seymour Island

Project Name/Number: Medical research
Discipline: Human medicine
Principal Investigator: Kristian Brat, M.D. & Martin Slezak, M.D. (both Masaryk University)
Main Activity/ Remarks: Medical research focused on health of crew members in January-February 2017 at James Ross Island. The research was based on repeated measurements of blood pressure parameters using a 24 hour-lasting ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. Each crew member was monitored once before the expedition, and at least 2 times during the stay at the J.G. Mendel station. The data will be used for conventional and chronobiological analyses to determine the effects of a crew member stay in Polar region on various parameters of cardiovascular system.
Link (URL): https://www.muni.cz/med/people/60276?lang=en
Additional Information:  
Operating Period: From:  20 Jan 2017   To:  28 Feb 2017
Areas of Operation
Ulu Peninsula
Project Name/Number: Microbiological research
Discipline: Microbiology
Principal Investigator: Assoc. Prof. Ivo Sedlacek (Masaryk University)
Main Activity/ Remarks: A) Antimicrobilogical activities of Pseudomonas sp. Microbiological samples were collected from different terrestrial ecosystems of James Ross Island in order to isolate Antarctic Pseudomonas sp. The samples were cultured on agar plates and isolates were transferred to laboratories in Brno, where species determination took place. The mail goal is to detect and identify new bacteriocins (antibacterial proteins) in Antarctic Pseudomonas sp. New pyocins will be characterized using genetics and proteomic approaches and their pharmaceutical (antibiotics) and biotechnological potential will be evaluated. B) Microbiota associated with animals (birds and seals). Microbiological research in the northern part of James Ross Island was focused on sampling and isolation of bacterial and viral communities from mucous membranes and excrements of birds (skuas and pinguins) and seals. Futher bacterial analyses will be done in the laboratories in the Czech Republic, with special attention to presence of gram-positive cocci and Escherichia spp. C) Soil microbiota in long-term warming experiment. To assess the effect of long-term elevated air temperature, soil and vegetation (microbiological mats, soil crusts, lichens and mosses) samples were collected from two long-term research plots (Mendel station, Berry Hill mesa). The samples were taken from open top chambers (elevated temperature) and outside untreated control plots. Preliminary cultivation on agar plates and selection of microorganisms were done in a laboratory at Mendel station. Detailed isolation from cultivations and original samples, as well as taxonomy of the species will be done in a specialized laboratory in the Czech Republic.
Link (URL): http://www.sci.muni.cz/ccm/index.html
Additional Information:  
Operating Period: From:  20 Jan 2017   To:  28 Feb 2017
Areas of Operation
Vega Island
Ulu Peninsula
Project Name/Number: Monitoring of dissolved oxygen content small-area ponds
Discipline: Botany , Plant physiology
Principal Investigator: Prof. Milos Bartak & Dr. Peter Vaczi (both Masaryk University)
Main Activity/ Remarks: Using a field system composed of oxygen electrodes, thermocouples, PAR sensors, and data loggers, in situ long-term (1 month in 5 min step) monitoring of dissolved oxygen concentration (DOC) was carried out in 2 ponds. Field set up and 2 localities at James Ross Island were the same as in 2015. DOC was considered a measure of diurnal changes in photosynthetic and respiratory activities of microbial biota forming pond bottom. The DOC data showed daily curves, dependence of DOC on water temperature, postponed daily peak of DOC when compared to photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) daily peak, and an ability of microbial mats to photosynthesize under a thick ice layer covering pond surface that reduced available photosynthetically active radiation bellow 50 micromols m-2 s-1 of PAR incident on a pond bottom.
Link (URL): http://www.sci.muni.cz/CARI/EEE_Lab.htm
Additional Information:  
Operating Period: From:  20 Jan 2017   To:  28 Feb 2017
Areas of Operation
Ulu Peninsula
Project Name/Number: Solar radiation monitoring
Discipline: Climate studies, Meteorology
Principal Investigator: Dr. Kamil Laska & Jakub Ondruch (all Masaryk University)
Main Activity/ Remarks: Yearly data on global irradiance, photosynthetically active radiation (PAR), UV-A, UV-B radiation were downloaded from particular sensors linked to dataloggers. Special attention was paid to services of the solar radiation sensors and devices (pyranometers, PAR radiometers, UV radiometer and UVB-Biometer), which are situated at the J.G. Mendel station. Prediction of the erythemally effective UVB radiation and evaluation of the influences of atmospheric factors (ozone concentration, optical air mass, aerosols) was studied with the help of nonlinear modelling approach.
Link (URL): http://www.sci.muni.cz/CARI/Clima_Geo_Lab.htm
Additional Information:  
Operating Period: From:  20 Jan 2017   To:  28 Feb 2017
Areas of Operation
Mendel Station
Laboratorio Antártico Multidisciplinario (LAMBI), en Base Marambio

Station Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Stations
Name: Johann Gregor Mendel Czech Antarctic station
Type: Summer
Location:
Site Name: James Ross Island   Lat: 63º 48´ 00´´ S   Long: 57º 53´ 00´´ W  
Maximum Population: 20
Medical Facilities: Medical care maintained by Czech physician; Argentinian Marambio Station (Seymour Island) in case of emergencies.
Remarks / Description:
Operating Period: From: December To: March

Vessels Report
Aircrat Report
Research Rockets Report
Military
Vessel-Based Report
Operational Information - Non Governmental Expeditions - Vessel-Based Operations
No new information have been provided during the reported period.

Land-Based Operations
Operational Information - Non Governmental Expeditions - Land-Based Operations
Expedition Name: Czechoslovak ocean shipping 
Method of transportation to/within/from Antarctica: ship
Activities: cleaning of Eco-Nelson facility in response to inspection reports
Number of Participants: 2
Date begin: 28 Jan 2017
Date end: 05 Feb 2017
Number of personnel: 2
Operator:
Name: Václav Pavel
Contact Address: Palachova 457/29, 290 01 Poděbrady II, Czech Republic
Email Address: vaclav.pavel@antarcticfoundation.cz
Website Address: www.antarcticfoundation.cz
Remarks:
Location of Activities
28 Jan 2017 Eco Nelson Structures, Nelson Island
Routes:
Expedition Name: Eco-Nelson 
Method of transportation to/within/from Antarctica: flight
Activities: cleaning of Eco-Nelson facility in response to inspection reports
Number of Participants: 2
Date begin: 08 Mar 2017
Date end: 23 Mar 2017
Number of personnel: 2
Operator:
Name: Václav Stacke
Contact Address: Klatovská 51, Plzeň, Czech Republic
Email Address: stacke@cbg.zcu.cz
Website Address:
Remarks:
Location of Activities
08 Mar 2017 Eco Nelson Structures, Nelson Island
Routes:

Denial of Authorizations
Aircrat Report
Compliance with the Protocol Report
Environmental Information - Compliance with the Protocol
No new measures have been adopted during the reported period.

Contingency Plans Report
Environmental Impact Assessment: Procedures Report
Environmental Information - Environmental Impact Assessment (Procedures)
No new procedures were established during this reporting period.

Environmental Impact Assessment Report
Environmental Impact Assessment - Follow-up Activities Report
Conservation of Fauna and Flora Report
Waste Management Plans Report
Environmental Information - Waste Disposal and Waste Management (Waste Management Plans)
Title: 2007-2037: Waste management plan for the J.G. Mendel Czech Antarctic Station
Fixed Site/Field Camp/Ship: Johann Gregor Mendel Czech Antarctic Station
Objective: Standard Station Waste Management is run by the Waste Management Plan designed for the J.G. Mendel Czech Antarctic Station and summarized in the Comprehensive Environmental Evaluation for the J.G. Mendel Czech Antarctic Station. The document is entitled “Czech Scientific Station in Antarctica – Construction and Operation, Czech Republic, January 2004”. During the season (i.e. usually from January to March), the waste management is performed according to the above-specified Station Waste Manageme
Implementation Report:
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Pavel Kapler
Job Title or Position: Czech Antarctic Programme Executive Officer
Phone: +420-549-49-6829
Email: kapler@sci.muni.cz

Waste Management Inventory of Past Activities Report
Prevention of Marine Pollution: Measures Report
Environmental Information - Prevention of Marine Pollution
No new measures have been adopted during the reported period.

Area Protection and Management: Measures Report
Environmental Information - Area Protection and Management (Measures)
No new measures have been adopted during the reported period.

Area Protection and Management: Permit, Visit and Activities Report
Environmental Information - Area Protection and Management (Permit, Visit and Activities)
No new information have been provided during the reported period.

Area Protection and Management: Change or Damage Report
Environmental Information - Area Protection and Management (Change or Damage)
No change or damage was observed during this reporting period.

General Report