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Party: Italy
2009/2010 Annual Information
Forward Plans
Scientific Information - Forward Plans
Science Plan/Program/Project: The 2009-2010 Expedition was mainly aimed at obtaining the preservation of the assets and infrastructures in the Antarctica of the Italian Programme PNRA, doing all necessary maintenance. A further goal was the continuation of measurements which make up a continuous record of geophysical parameters. Finally the main international cooperation agreements were complied with.
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Science Activities in Previous Year
Scientific Information - Science Activities in Previous Year
Project Name/Number: 2004/02.06
Discipline: Geodesy and Observatories
Principal Investigator: Andrea Pellegrini. ENEA Casaccia (RM).
Main Activity/ Remarks: The Meteo-Climatological Observatory in Antarctica.
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/01.02
Discipline: Biology
Principal Investigator: Silvano Focardi. Università di Siena.
Main Activity/ Remarks: Use of bioindicators to detect natural and anthropic change in Antarctic ecosystems.
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/01.03
Discipline: Biology
Principal Investigator: Ennio Cocca. C.N.R. Istituto di Biochimica delle Proteine - Napoli.
Main Activity/ Remarks: Evolution and molecular adaptation of the oxygen-transport system in polar fish: Structure, function and genes of Hb - Erythrocyte viability - Erythropoiesis - Regulation of iron transport - Role of NO in circulatory-respiratory homeostasis - Cytogenetic characterization - Molecular phylogeny.
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/01.04
Discipline: Biology
Principal Investigator: Pierangelo Luporini. Università di Camerino (MC).
Main Activity/ Remarks: Antarctic ciliates and key groups of marine invertebrates: evolutionary biology, adaptative mechanisms and application potentiality.
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/01.06
Discipline: Biology
Principal Investigator: Vivia Bruni. Università di Messina.
Main Activity/ Remarks: Antarctic bacteria and cyanobacteria: biodiversity and production of compounds to be potentially exploited in biotechnology.
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/02.03
Discipline: Geodesy and Observatories
Principal Investigator: Alessandro Capra. Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia.
Main Activity/ Remarks: Geodetic monitoring of northern Victoria Land.
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/02.04 - Concordia #1176, BSRN
Discipline: Geodesy and Observatories
Principal Investigator: Teodoro Georgiadis. C.N.R. IBIMET - Bologna.
Main Activity/ Remarks: Implementation of the BSRN station at Dome Concordia.
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/02.05
Discipline: Geodesy and Observatories
Principal Investigator: Andrea Morelli. Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia - Bologna.
Main Activity/ Remarks: Premanent observatories for geomagnetism and seismology.
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/02.05 - Concordia #1178 and #1183, SISCO
Discipline: Geodesy and Observatories
Principal Investigator: Andrea Morelli. Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia - Bologna.
Main Activity/ Remarks: Premanent observatories for geomagnetism and seismology.
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/02.07 and 02.08
Discipline: Geodesy and Observatories.
Principal Investigator: Marino Russi. Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e Geofisica Sperimentale - Sgonico (TS).
Main Activity/ Remarks: Broad band seismology in the Scotia Sea region.
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/02.09
Discipline: Geodesy and Observatories
Principal Investigator: Francesco Cairo. C.N.R. ISAC - Roma.
Main Activity/ Remarks: Improvement of Lidar Observatories of NDSC in Antarctica (ILONA).
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/02/06 - Concordia #1149, RMO
Discipline: Geodesy and Observatories
Principal Investigator: Andrea Pellegrini. ENEA Casaccia (RM).
Main Activity/ Remarks: The Meteo-Climatological Observatory in Antarctica.
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/03.01 - Concordia #1144, MAPME
Discipline: Geophysycs
Principal Investigator: Giovanni Macelloni. C.N.R. IFAC - Sesto Fiorentino (FI).
Main Activity/ Remarks: MAPME - Monitoring the Antarctic Plateau by means of Microwave Emission.
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/04.02
Discipline: Geology
Principal Investigator: Carlo Baroni. Università di Pisa.
Main Activity/ Remarks: Origin and behaviour of the northern Victoria Land glacial system.
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/05.04
Discipline: Glaciology
Principal Investigator: Marcello Mellini. Università di Siena.
Main Activity/ Remarks: Antarctic meteorites.
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/06.04 - Concordia #1049, TAVERN
Discipline: Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere
Principal Investigator: Vito Vitale. C.N.R. ISAC - Bologna.
Main Activity/ Remarks: Climatic effects of aerosol particles and thin clouds over the East Antarctic Plateau.
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/07.08 - Concordia #1194, IRAIT
Discipline: Sun-Earth Interactions and Astrophysics
Principal Investigator: Maurizio Busso. Università di Perugia.
Main Activity/ Remarks: International Robotic Antarctic Infrared Telescope (IRAIT).
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/08.05
Discipline: Oceanography and Marine Ecology
Principal Investigator: Paolo Povero. Università di Genova.
Main Activity/ Remarks: Marine Observatory of Antarctic Specially Protected Area - Terra Nova Bay (MOA-TNB).
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/09.01
Discipline: Chemistry of Polar Environment
Principal Investigator: Gabriele Capodaglio. Università di Venezia.
Main Activity/ Remarks: Micropollutants and Microchemicals in the Environment: Cycling and Relationships with Climate Changes.
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/11.04
Discipline: Tecnology
Principal Investigator: Salvatore Scaglione. ENEA Casaccia (RM).
Main Activity/ Remarks: Realization of remote UV radiometer with innovative spectral characteristic to measure the UV global irradiance in the range between 290 and 380 nm, operating in hostile environment.
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/11.05
Discipline: Tecnology
Principal Investigator: Achille Emanuele Zirizzotti. Istituo Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia - Roma.
Main Activity/ Remarks: Technology for Glaciology, design and realization of a snow RADAR.
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2005/01.02
Discipline: Biology
Principal Investigator: Umberto Oreste. C.N.R. Istituto di Biochimica delle Proteine - Napoli.
Main Activity/ Remarks: Evolutionary adaptation of genes, molecules, and cells involved in the immune response of Antarctic teleosts.
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2005/07.01 - Concordia #1105, OASI-COCHISE
Discipline: Sun-Earth Interactions and Astrophysics
Principal Investigator: Giorgio Dall'Oglio. Università "Tre" di Roma.
Main Activity/ Remarks: COCHISE - Observations at Concordia with High sensitivity Instrument for Source Extraction.
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2006/02.01 - Concordia #1173, BIS
Discipline: Geodesy and Observatories
Principal Investigator: Georgiana De Franceschi. Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia - Roma.
Main Activity/ Remarks: Upper Atmosphere observations and Space Weather.
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2006/06.01
Discipline: Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere
Principal Investigator: Claudio Tomasi. CNR ISAC - Bologna.
Main Activity/ Remarks: POLAR_AOD A network for the caracterisatin of the mean values, of the variability and of the trends of aerosols in the Polar areas.
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2006/07.01 - Concordia #915, BRAIN
Discipline: Sun-Earth Interactions
Principal Investigator: Silvia Masi. Università "La Sapienza" di Roma.
Main Activity/ Remarks: Bolometric Interferometry and polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background (BRAIN).
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2006/08.02
Discipline: Oceanography and Marine Ecology
Principal Investigator: Maria Chiara Chiantore. Università di Genova.
Main Activity/ Remarks: Terra Nova Bay coastal ecosystem in the framework of the Latitudinal Gradient Project (LGP).
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2006/08.04
Discipline: Oceanography and Marine Ecology
Principal Investigator: Marino Vacchi. ISPRA (già ICRAM), c/o Museo Nazionale dell'Antartide - Università di Genova.
Main Activity/ Remarks: Ecology and life cycle of coastal fish species of the Ross Sea (ECOFISH).
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Project Name/Number: PNRA 2006/08.04
Discipline: Oceanography and Marine Ecology
Principal Investigator: Marino Vacchi. ISPRA (già ICRAM), c/o Museo Nazionale dell'Antartide - Università di Genova.
Main Activity/ Remarks: Ecology and life cycle of coastal fish species of the Ross Sea (ECOFISH).
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Project Name/Number: PNRA2004/05.01 - Concordia #1181, Air-GlaCS
Discipline: Glaciology
Principal Investigator: Roberto Udisti. Università di Firenze.
Main Activity/ Remarks: Paleoclimate and paleoenvironment from the chemical, isotopic and physical stratigraphies of ice cores.
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Station Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Stations
Name: Concordia Station
Type: Wintering
Location:
Site Name: Dome C   Lat: 75º 06´ 00´´ S   Long: 123º 20´ 00´´ E  
Maximum Population: 13
Medical Facilities: Surgery, x rays, dentistry, laboratory, pharmacy. One physician during the winter and two physicians and one nurse during the summer.
Remarks / Description: Situated on the Antarctic Plateau at 3233 m a.s.l. The Station is jointly operated by France and Italy. The maximum population of 13 refers to the 2010 winter-over.
Name: Cap André Prud'homme
Type: Summer
Location:
Site Name: Adélie, Terre   Lat: 66º 41´ 00´´ S   Long: 139º 54´ 00´´ E  
Maximum Population: 10
Medical Facilities: No medical facilities on site, but 1 hospital and 1 physician at Dumont d'Urville Station, 5 km away, with helicopter support.
Remarks / Description: The Station is operated jointly by France and Italy. It is the starting point of the ground traverses for transport of cargo and fuel to the Concordia Station (on the Antarctic plateau).
Operating Period: From: October To: February
Name: Mario Zucchelli Station
Type: Summer
Location:
Site Name: Terra Nova Bay   Lat: 74º 41´ 42´´ S   Long: 164º 07´ 23´´ E  
Maximum Population: 76
Medical Facilities: Surgery, X rays, dentistry, pharmacy. Two physicians and one nurse.
Remarks / Description: Situaded along the coast of the Northern Foothills, Northeast of Gerlache Inlet, Victoria Land. The maximum population of 74 refers to the 2009-2010 summer campaign.
Operating Period: From: November To: February
Name: Summer Concordia Station
Type: Summer
Location:
Site Name: Dome C   Lat: 75º 06´ 00´´ S   Long: 123º 20´ 00´´ E  
Maximum Population: 80
Medical Facilities: At Concordia Station: full equipped infirmary, operating theater, radiography, pathology laboratory, dentistry, pharmacy, 2 physicians.
Remarks / Description: In addition to the winter building (with 34 beds available) there is a Camp originally created as support for the building of Concordia Station and for scientific activities, in particular for the EPICA Project. The Camp, situated 450 meters from Concordia Station, is jointly operated by France and Italy. The maximum population of 80 refers to the 2009-2010 summer Campaign.
Operating Period: From: November To: February

Vessels Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Vessels
Name: Italica
Country of Registry: Italy
Number of Voyages: 0
Maximum Crew: 27
Maximum Passengers: 90
Remarks: On seasonal charter.

Aircrat Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Aircraft
Type: Basler BT-67
Category:
Period From: 12/11/2009
Period To: 21/11/2009
Remarks: Transport of Personnel. Dome C-Dumont d'Urville-McMurdo-Casey Station round trips. On seasonal charter.
Type: Ecureil AS-350/B2
Category:
Period From: 11/11/2009
Period To: 10/02/2010
Remarks: Two helicopters will be present at Mario Zucchelli Station for scientific and logistic flights in a range of 180 nm. On seasonal charter.
Type: Twin Otter DCH-6/300
Category:
Period From: 22/11/2009
Period To: 08/02/2010
Remarks: Transport of personnel. Mario Zucchelli Station-Dome C-Dumont d'Urville and Mario Zucchelli Station-McMurdo round trips. On seasonal charter.

Research Rockets Report
Military
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Military
Military personnel in expeditions: At Mario Zucchelli Station (NATO Codes) Army: 4 OR-9; Navy: 1 OR-9, 1 OR-5; Air Force: 1 OF-3, 5 OF-2, 1 OR-9. At Concordia Station Army: 1 OR-9, 1 OR-5
Number and Type of Armaments possessed by personnel: Nil
Number and Type of Armaments of ships and aircraft: Nil
Information and Location of Military Equipment in the AT Area: Nil

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
No new information have been provided during the reported period.

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
Environmental Information - Conservation of Fauna and Flora
Permit Number:
Permit Period: Date begin:  15 Dec 2009   Date end:  15 Jan 2010
Species: Adamussium colbecki 100, Sterechinus neumayeri 40, Poriferae 20, Echinodermata 30, algae 10
Location:
Site Name: Tethys Bay   Lat: 74°41´S   Long: 164°04´E  
Action: Taking
Taking: Capture
Amount:
Purpose: To provide specimens for scientific studies.
Removal or Disposal: No
Remarks:
Event or Project Name/Number: PNRA 2006/08.02
Permit Number:
Permit Period: Date begin:  05 Dec 2009   Date end:  15 Jan 2010
Species: Adult fishes
Location:
Site Name: Silverfish Bay   Lat: 74°37´S   Long: 164°40´E  
Action: Taking
Taking: Capture
Amount: 1 hundred
Purpose: To provide specimens for Oceanography scientific studies.
Removal or Disposal: No
Remarks:
Event or Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/08.04
Permit Number:
Permit Period: Date begin:  05 Dec 2009   Date end:  15 Jan 2010
Species: Algae
Location:
Site Name: Tarn Flat   Lat: 75°04´S   Long: 162°30´E  
Action: Taking
Taking: Plant Removal
Amount: 200 g
Purpose: To provide specimens for research studies.
Removal or Disposal: No
Remarks:
Event or Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/09.01

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Permit Period: Date begin:  04 Dec 2009   Date end:  05 Jan 2010
Species: Fish larvae and and eggs
Location:
Site Name: Tethys Bay   Lat: 74°41´S   Long: 164°04´E  
Action: Taking
Taking: Capture
Amount: 1 thousand
Purpose: To provide specimens for Oceanography scientific studies.
Removal or Disposal: No
Remarks:
Event or Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/08.04
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Permit Period: Date begin:  05 Dec 2009   Date end:  15 Jan 2010
Species: Moses and Algae
Location:
Site Name: Edmonson Point   Lat: 74°20´S   Long: 165°08´E  
Action: Taking
Taking: Plant Removal
Amount: 200+200 g
Purpose: To provide specimens for research studies.
Removal or Disposal: No
Remarks:
Event or Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/09.01
Permit Number:
Permit Period: Date begin:  05 Dec 2009   Date end:  15 Jan 2010
Species: Moses and algae
Location:
Site Name: Carezza, Lago   Lat: 74°42´36´´S   Long: 164°02´48´´E  
Action: Taking
Taking: Plant Removal
Amount: 400+200 g
Purpose: To provide specimens for research studies
Removal or Disposal: No
Remarks:
Event or Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/09.01

Permit Number:
Permit Period: Date begin:  05 Dec 2009   Date end:  15 Jan 2010
Species: Pigoscelis adelie and Catharacta maccormicki
Location:
Site Name: Edmonson Point   Lat: 74°20´S   Long: 165°08´E  
Action: Taking
Taking: Handle
Amount:
Purpose: Nest census and tagging.
Removal or Disposal: No
Remarks:
Event or Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/01.02
Permit Number:
Permit Period: Date begin:  05 Dec 2009   Date end:  15 Jan 2010
Species: Pygoscelis adeliae
Location:
Site Name: Inexpressible Island   Lat: 74°54´S   Long: 163°39´E  
Action: Taking
Taking: Handle
Amount: 1
Purpose: Activity of research on seabird ecology.
Removal or Disposal: No
Remarks:
Event or Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/01.02
Permit Number:
Permit Period: Date begin:  25 Dec 2009   Date end:  14 Jan 2010
Species: Trematomus bernacchii
Location:
Site Name: Tethys Bay   Lat: 74°41´S   Long: 164°04´E  
Action: Taking
Taking: Capture
Amount: 14
Purpose: To provide specimens for molecular analysis.
Removal or Disposal: No
Remarks:
Event or Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/01.03 and PNRA 2005/1.2

Permit Number:
Permit Period: Date begin:  25 Dec 2009   Date end:  14 Jan 2010
Species: Trematomus bernacchii
Location:
Site Name: Road Bay   Lat: 74°41´36´´S   Long: 164°07´20´´E  
Action: Taking
Taking: Capture
Amount: 6
Purpose: To provide specimens for molecular analysis.
Removal or Disposal: No
Remarks:
Event or Project Name/Number: PNRA 2004/01.03 and PNRA 2005/1.2

Waste Management Plans Report
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)
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  118    Name:  Summit of Mount Melbourne, Victoria Land (More Details)
Permit Number:
Number of people: Permitted to enter  2   That actually entered:  2
Permit Period: From:  05 Dec 2009   To:  05 Jan 2010
Purpose: Installation of GPS benchmark for crostal deformation measurement (VLNDEF network).
Summary of activities: 2 entries:8 and 13 of January 2010.
Event or project name/number: PNRA 2004/02.03
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  118    Name:  Summit of Mount Melbourne, Victoria Land (More Details)
Permit Number:
Number of people: Permitted to enter  2   That actually entered:  2
Permit Period: From:  12 Nov 2009   To:  09 Feb 2010
Purpose: Radio repeaters maintenance.
Summary of activities: 10 entrances
Event or project name/number:
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  165    Name:  Edmonson Point, Wood Bay, Ross Sea  (More Details)
Permit Number:
Number of people: Permitted to enter  2   That actually entered:  2
Permit Period: From:  05 Dec 2009   To:  15 Jan 2010
Purpose: Research activity on the ecology of Antarctic birds. Nest census and tagging. Catch by net, and feathers and blood sampling on Pygoscelis adeliae and Catharacta maccormicki for the Adelie Penguin Monitoring Program.
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: PNRA 2004/01.02
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  165    Name:  Edmonson Point, Wood Bay, Ross Sea  (More Details)
Permit Number:
Number of people: Permitted to enter  2   That actually entered:  2
Permit Period: From:  05 Dec 2009   To:  10 Feb 2010
Purpose: AWS stations maintenance.
Summary of activities: 3 entrances: 27/11/2009, 21/1/2010, 5/2/2010.
Event or project name/number: PNRA 2004/02.06

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.

Activities Undertaken in Cases of Emergencies Report
General Report