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Party: Japan
2017/2018 Annual Information
Forward Plans
Scientific Information - Forward Plans
Science Plan/Program/Project: AAK0901 Deployment of Argo floats requested from JAMSTEC
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Shigeki Hosoda
Job Title or Position: Senior Research Scientist, JAMSTEC
Phone:
Email: (n/a)
Details/Description: Profiling floats will be deployed from the icebreaker Shirase in the Southern Ocean. Temperature and salinity profiles measured by floats are to be transmitted via satellite systems.
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Discipline: Oceanography
Areas of Activity
Along cruise track of R/V Shirase
Science Plan/Program/Project: AAK0901 Deployment of drifting buoys requested from Australian Bureau of Meteorology
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Joel Cabrie
Job Title or Position: Team Leader, Marine Networks, Bureau of Meteorology, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9669 4651
Email: (n/a)
Details/Description: Surface drifting buoys will be deployed from R/V Shirase in response to the request of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Location and sea surface data are transmitted to the satellite.
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Discipline: Meteorology
Areas of Activity
Along cruise track of R/V Shirase
Science Plan/Program/Project: AAS6001 Cloud fraction with an all-sky camera onboard R/V Shirase
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Makoto Kuji
Job Title or Position: Professor, Nara Women University
Phone: +81-742-20-3044
Email: makoto@ics.nara-wu.ac.jp
Details/Description: An all-sky camera, mounted on R/V Shirase, is used to detect marine clouds. The cloud amount product is useful to validate that from the satellite remote sensing.
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Discipline: Atmospheric sciences
Areas of Activity
Along cruise track of R/V Shirase

Science Plan/Program/Project: AAS6002 Unique characteristics of polar nitrogen cycling
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Takuhei Shiozaki
Job Title or Position: Project Researcher, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
Phone: +81-46-867-9272
Email: takuhei.shiozaki@jamstec.ac.jp
Details/Description: Sampling are carried out on R/V Shirase in the Southern Ocean. Water samples are collected by an bucket from the surface and by Niskin bottles from other depths. Samples for incubation experiments and DNA analyses are collected from five depths. The rates of nitrogen fixation, primary production, nitrate assimilation, and nitrification are determined by 15N and 13C tracer methods.
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Discipline: Oceanography
Areas of Activity
Along cruise track of R/V Shirase
Science Plan/Program/Project: AAS6003 Monitoring of sea surface pCO2 by drifting buoys in the South Pacific Ocean
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Akihiko Murata
Job Title or Position: Group Leader
Phone: +81-46-897-9503
Email: murataa@jamstec.go.jp
Details/Description: Two drifting buoys with CO2 sensor are deployed from R/V Shirase. The final goal of this study is to improve estimation of CO2 uptake by the ocean by resolving CO2 data gap area, which exists largely in the Southern Ocean.
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Discipline: Oceanography
Areas of Activity
Along cruise track of R/V Shirase
Science Plan/Program/Project: AAS6004 Continuous measurements of the atmospheric O2/N2 and CO2 on board R/V Shirase
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Shinji Morimoto
Job Title or Position: Professor, Tohoku University
Phone: +81-22-795-5780
Email: mon@m.tohoku.ac.jp
Details/Description: Continuous measurements of the atmospheric O2/N2 ratio and CO2 will be conducted using fuel-cell oxygen analyzer and non-dispersive infrared analyzer onboard R/V Shirase.
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Discipline: Atmospheric sciences
Areas of Activity
Along cruise track of R/V Shirase

Science Plan/Program/Project: AAS6005 Studies on the blowing snow contribution on the surface mass balance of Antarctic ice sheet by the direct measurements and the elucidation of spatiotemporal structures
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
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Organisation:
Name: Kouichi Nishimura
Job Title or Position: Professor, Nagoya University
Phone:
Email: knishinagoya-u.jp
Details/Description: This study carries out a field campaign of observation focusing on blowing snow and the relevant surface deformation at S17 on the Antarctic ice-sheet near Syowa station. The major measurements are 1) the particle size distribution of blowing snow by a snow particle counter (SPC), 2) the surface shape by laser scanner for the snow surface, and automatic weather station (AWS).
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Discipline: Climate studies
Areas of Activity
S17
Science Plan/Program/Project: AAS6006 Elucidation of photosynthetic light response and adaptation processes of photosynthetic organisms under Antarctic habitats
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Makiko Kosugi
Job Title or Position: Research Assosiate, Chuo University
Phone: +81-3-3817-7174
Email: kosugi@bio.chuo-u.ac.jp
Details/Description: The aim of this study is to clarify the ecological behavior and adaptation strategy of photosynthetic organisms in the terrestrial environment of Antarctica and develop an understanding of an ecosystem under extreme condition. We set up the micrometeorological observation system for monitoring temperature, humidity and light conditions near a habitat of an aerial green alga, Prasiola crispa. This alga is known as one of dominant species in Antarctic terrestrial habitat. We will use ARGOS to transmit the observation data.
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Discipline: Botany
Areas of Activity
Langhovde
Science Plan/Program/Project: AAS6007 Polarimetric observation to investigate the polar haze on Jupiter
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Yukihiro Takahashi
Job Title or Position: Professor, Hokkaido University
Phone: +81-11-706-9244
Email: yukihiro@sci.hokudai.ac.jp
Details/Description: With polarization camera attached to s small telescop (effective aprture: 102 mm) the polarization of the polar haze in Jupier and its temporal and spatial vatiation are observed in order to investigate the condition of the haze, such as particle size, material and its dynamics.
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Discipline: Planetary science
Areas of Activity
Syowa

Science Plan/Program/Project: AH0902 Spreading of polar science by imaging from UAV
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Masahiko Hayashi
Job Title or Position: Professor, Faculty of Science, Fukuoka University
Phone: +81-871-6631 ex.6168
Email: mhayashi@fukuoka-u.ac.jp
Details/Description: Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is rapidly getting to be an important platform of the polar activity. UAV provides a great variety of use in various fields. To satisfy the purposes, multiple types of UAV are needed. Aerial photography is one of common sensing for various fields in science and logistics. This study develops the technics of aerial photography by UAV for the polar region. Movie of daytime aurora will be taken from 30 km in altitude using UAV borne infrared camera over S17 site.
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Syowa
S17
Science Plan/Program/Project: AH0905 Elucidation of behavioral ecology of fish under the sea ice
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Yoshinori Miyamoto
Job Title or Position: Professor, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
Phone:
Email: miyamoto@kaiyodai.ac.jp
Details/Description: We conduct behavioral and ecological observation of fish in coastal area of Syowa Station by ultrasonic biotelemetry technique which technological innovation is advanced recently. At the same time, we aim to clarify the relationship between the behavior of the polar fish and the environment by comparing the ocean observation data such as CTD etc.
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Discipline: Biological sciences - other
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Science Plan/Program/Project: AH0907 Full-layer drilling to reveal a mechanism for growth and preservation of ultra multi-year landfast ice
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Shuki Ushio
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0676
Email: ushio@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Sea-ice cores are sampled with the mechanical drill system to reveal a mechanism for growth and preservation of multi-year landfast ice. Using core samples, physical and chemical characteristics of sea ice are analysed.
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Discipline: Oceanography
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Lützow-Holmbukta

Science Plan/Program/Project: AIB0901 Ship performance tests along ice-covered waters and cold regoins
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Hajime Yamaguchi
Job Title or Position: Professor, The University of Tokyo
Phone: +81-4-7136-4114
Email: h-yama@edu.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Details/Description: Icebreaking performance of the R/V Shirase will be measured together with recording ice conditions and ship mottion parameters. Also, on-board measurements of ship icing and sea spray due to collision between ship bow and waves will be performed along the Shirase cruise route.
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Areas of Activity
Along cruise track of R/V Shirase
Science Plan/Program/Project: AJ0901 A study on the global atmosphere system based on high-resolution observations of the Antarctic atmosphere
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Yoshihiro  Tomikawa
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0660
Email: tomikawa@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Studies of various processes on the global atmospheric environmental change using Antarctic observations with (1) PANSY (Program of the ANtarctic SYowa MST/IS) radar, a large atmospheric radar and (2) a resonance-scattering lidar, which are to be developed in this research period, as well as (3) various instruments such as MF radar, OH spectrometer, Rayleigh lidar, millimeter wave spectrometer etc. operated/developed already during the VIIIth term.
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Discipline: Earth and atmospheric sciences - other
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Science Plan/Program/Project: AJ0902 Research of Ocean-ice Boundary Interaction and Change around Antarctica
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Takeshi Tamura
Job Title or Position: Assistant Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0682
Email: tamura.takeshi@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Unmanned observations such as under-ice oceanographic, seafloor and cryospheric observations using ROV/EM bird, geodetic network observations of ice/ocean motion and deformation using GPS/ GNSS, and oceanographic observations using tethered and moored profiling observation systems. These remote observation techniques will be applied to the new horizons such as Lutzow-holm Bay and Cape Darnley regions for the understandings of the mechanisms of different ice-ocean interaction regimes.
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Discipline: Climate studies
Areas of Activity
Cape Darnley
Totten Glacier
Lützow-Holmbukta
Shirase Glacier

Science Plan/Program/Project: AJ0903 Antarctic paleoenvironmental reconstructions for unraveling the Earth system variations
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Kenji Kawamura
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0684
Email: kawamura@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Inland traverse from S16 to Dome Fuji. Snow observations and sampling along the route and in the vicinity of Dome Fuji station. Around Dome Fuji, ice radar and other glaciological/meteorological observations.
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Discipline: Environmental sciences
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Dome Fuji
central Dronning Maud Land
Science Plan/Program/Project: AMB0901 Population census of Adélie penguins
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Akinori Takahashi
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0741
Email: atak@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Census of Adélie penguins at rockeries in the Sôya Kaigan area is carried out in mid-November and early December. Number of the penguins and the pairs are counted.
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Discipline: Biological sciences - other
Areas of Activity
Sôya Kaigan
Science Plan/Program/Project: AMB0902 Marine ecosystem monitoring
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Tsuneo Odate
Job Title or Position: Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0738
Email: odate@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Oceanographic observations in the Southern Ocean along the cruise track of R/V Shirase are carried out between Fremantle and Sydney. Surface water is pumped up to measure physical, chemical and biological parameters, including Chlorophyll a and pCO2 concentrations. Water collections at some depths and plankton collections are carried out at stations, including those in ice covered areas.
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Discipline: Biological sciences - other
Areas of Activity
Along cruise track of R/V Shirase

Science Plan/Program/Project: AMG0901 Integrated Geodetic monitoring observation
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Koichiro Doi
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0701
Email: doi@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Monitoring of a fixed point location in Syowa Station is carried out with a DORIS antenna operating all year-round. Ground temperature is monitored all year-round at sites near the Zakuro Ike in Langhovde and near the Ô-ike, in Nishi-Ongul To (Island). VLBI experiments are carried out 6-8 times a year using a mult-purpose 11 meter diameter dish and gravity is monitored with a super-conductivity gravimeter at Syowa Station. Tide is monitored near Syowa Station with a GPS buoy all year-round. GNSS observations are carried out at several outcrops on Soya Coast and Prince Olav Coast.
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Discipline: Geophysics and seismology
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Nishi-Ongul To
Akarui Misaki
Tottuki Misaki (Point)
Mukai Iwa
Langhovde
Skarvsnes
Skallen
Rundvågshetta
Padda
Science Plan/Program/Project: AMG0902 Seismic monitoring observation
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Masaki Kanao
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0713
Email: kanao@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Seismometers are installed to monitor earthquakes at Syowa Station and four sites on the Sôya Kaigan all year-round.
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Discipline: Geophysics and seismology
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Sôya Kaigan
Science Plan/Program/Project: AMG0903 Marine geophysical observations
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Yoshifumi  Nogi
Job Title or Position: Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0603
Email: nogi@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Monitoring observations of fixed point coordinates in bare rock areas in the Lützow-Holmbukta and the Riiser-Larsen Mountains areas are carried out with GPS receivers for about 24 hours each every summer. Ocean gravity and geomagnetism are measured on board the R/V Shirase from Fremantle to Sydney. Sea bottom pressure is monitored with a pressure gauge installed and recovered every summer on the sea bottom about 4000 meter deep in the Southern Ocean.
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Discipline: Geophysics and seismology
Areas of Activity
Along cruise track of R/V Shirase

Science Plan/Program/Project: AMG0904 Infrasound observation
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Masaki Kanao
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0713
Email: kanao@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Arrayed observation of infrasound has been carried out at Syowa Station all year-round.
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Discipline: Geophysics and seismology
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Science Plan/Program/Project: AMP0901 Monitoring of atmospheric greenhouse gases and related constituents
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Daisuke Goto
Job Title or Position: Assistant Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0673
Email: goto.daisuke@nipr.ac.jp?
Details/Description: Monitoring of atmospheric CO2, CH4, CO and O2 concentrations is carried out all year-round at Syowa Station. Whole air samples are collected periodically for subsequent analyses in Japan.
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Discipline: Atmospheric sciences
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Science Plan/Program/Project: AMP0902 Monitoring of aerosol and clouds
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Masataka Shiobara
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0678
Email: shio@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: All-sky images are recorded every 10 minutes to monitor cloud cover at Syowa Station all year-round. Vertical distribution of cloud aerosols are monitored continuously with a micro-pulse lidar at Syowa Station. A sky radiometer is installed at Syowa Station to monitor solar radiation from mid-August to early May. Size distribution of aerosol is monitored continuously at Syowa Station all year-round as well as aethalometer observation.
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Discipline: Atmospheric sciences
Areas of Activity
Syowa

Science Plan/Program/Project: AMP0903 Monitoring of Antarctic ice sheet mass balance
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Hideaki Motoyama
Job Title or Position: Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0680
Email: motoyama@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Sea ice thickness and snow accumulation along a route from Syowa Station to S16 site via Tottuki Misaki is carried out as much as possible all year-round. Snow accumulation measurement anod surface snow sampling are conducted during inland traverse, when implemented.
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Discipline: Glaciology
Areas of Activity
Tottsuki Misaki to S16
traverse route from S16 to Dome Fuji
Syowa
Science Plan/Program/Project: AMP0904 Sea ice and hydrographic observations onboard icebreaker Shirase and in Lützow-Holm Bay oceanography
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Shuki Ushio
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0676
Email: ushio@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Measurements of sea ice thickness, ice concentration, water temperature/salinity profile, and water current profile. Monitoring of vessel movement during ice navigation.
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Discipline: Oceanography
Areas of Activity
Along cruise track of R/V Shirase
Syowa
Science Plan/Program/Project: AMS0901 Data acquisition of Earth observing satellites
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Hiroshi Miyaoka
Job Title or Position: Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0662
Email: miyaoka@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Data acquisition of NOAA, DMSP, AQUA and TERRA satellites with L/S/X-band receiving system at Syowa Station.
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Syowa

Science Plan/Program/Project: AMU0901 Auroral optical observation
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Akira Kadokura
Job Title or Position: Professor, ROIS
Phone: +81-42-512-9105
Email: kadokura@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Auroras are monitored with all-sky electron and proton auroral imagers (EAI and PAI) , an all-sky color digital camera (CDC), all-sky black and white TV cameras (ATV), and Scanning photometer (SPM) from late February to early October at Syowa.
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Discipline: Earth and atmospheric sciences - other
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Science Plan/Program/Project: AMU0902 Geomagnetism observation
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Akira Kadokura
Job Title or Position: Professor, ROIS
Phone: +81-42-512-9105
Email: kadokura@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Absolute geomagnetic observation is carried out every month and geomagnetic variation observation with a 3-axis fluxgate magnetometer is carried out continuously all through the year at Syowa.
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Discipline: Earth and atmospheric sciences - other
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Science Plan/Program/Project: AMU0903 Monitoring observation of Geospace phenomena at West Ongul Island
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Akira Kadokura
Job Title or Position: Professor, ROIS
Phone: +81-42-512-9105
Email: kadokura@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Cosmic Noise Absorption (CNA) is observed with two set of riometers and natural VLF and ULF waves are observed with two set of loop antennas and two set of induction magnetometers at West Ongul Island continuously all through the year.
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Discipline: Earth and atmospheric sciences - other
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Nishi-Ongul To

Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0901 Space weather study using cosmic ray observations at Syowa Station in Antarctica
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation: Shinshu University
Name: Chihiro Kato
Job Title or Position: Asociate Professor, Shinshu University
Phone: +81-263-37-2514
Email: ckato@shinshu-u.ac.jp
Details/Description: Continue cosmic ray observations with newly installed a pair of neutron monitor and muon detector at Syowa base. These observations will be used for better understanding the space weather, utilizing a unique location in Antarctica for cross-calibrating the different responses of two types of detectors to the variations of primary cosmic rays and the atmosphere.
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Discipline: Astrophysics
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0902 Large area network observation of auroral phenomena using unmanned system
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Akira Kadokura
Job Title or Position: Professor, ROIS
Phone: +81-42-512-9105
Email: kadokura@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Low-power autonomous auroral observation system at Amundsen Bay works continuously all through the year. Unmanned magnetometer network around Amundsen Bay and Lützow-Holmbukta area and along the route from Mizuho to Dome Fuji is maintained.
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Discipline: Earth and atmospheric sciences - other
Areas of Activity
Syowa
amundsen bay
Skallen
Inhhovde
H68
Mizuho
MD364
Dome Fuji
Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0903 Dynamics of magnetosphere and ionosphere by using mult-wavelength, simultaneous observations of auroras at South Pole and McMurdo stations
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Yusuke Ebihara
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University
Phone: +81-774-38-3346
Email: ebihara@rish.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Details/Description: We have operated all-sky imagers at South Pole Station to observe dynamics of high-latitude auroras. The purpose of this trip is to repair one of the imagers, and collect data from the imagers. In addition, we will make an inspection of related equipments in the station.
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Discipline: Earth and atmospheric sciences - other
Areas of Activity
South Pole Statin

Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0904 Study on polar upper atmosphere in possible grand minimum period and inner magnetosphere dynamics with SuperDARN radars
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Akira Sessai Yukimatu
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR
Phone:
Email: (n/a)
Details/Description: With SENSU SuperDARN HF radars at Syowa station and auroral all-sky imager network at Dome Fuji, Zhongshan and South Pole stations under FOVs of the SENSU radars, simultaneous observation will be conducted to try to reveal the influence of low solar activity period on upper atmosphere and the dynamics of inner magnetosphere.
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Discipline: Earth and atmospheric sciences - other
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Dome Fuji
Zhongshan
South Pole Statin
Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0910 Changing of East Antarctic aerosols in global biogeochemical environment
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Masahiko Hayashi
Job Title or Position: Professor, Faculty of Science, Fukuoka University
Phone: +81-871-6631 ex.6168
Email: mhayashi@fukuoka-u.ac.jp
Details/Description: Observation of optical property and aerosol concentration along cruise track of R/V Shirase by ship borne instruments, skyradiometer, condensation particle counter, optical particle counter, nephelometer, aethalometer, ceilometer Sampling of Bio-aerosol along cruse track of R/V shirase and at S17 site, Syowa Station, and Fukuro-ura. Sampling of aerosol and size distribution of aerosol will be observed at S17 site, using multi-type UAVs.
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Discipline: Atmospheric sciences
Areas of Activity
Along cruise track of R/V Shirase
Syowa
S17
Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0911 Mechanism of variation in surface condition of the ice sheet and heat and moisture budget in east Antarctica
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Naohiko Hirasawa
Job Title or Position: Assistant Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0685
Email: hira.n@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: 1) radiosonde, tethered balloon, UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) and ground-based remote sensing at key stations for obtaining atmospheric circulation and the property such as water vapor, aerosols and clouds and 2) traverse around Droning Maud Land and installing AWS (Automatic Weather Station) for obtaining accumulation, snow samples, snow property data (grain size, impurity), surface-air property data (aerosols, water vapor and its stable isotopes) etc.
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Discipline: Climate studies
Areas of Activity
Syowa
central Dronning Maud Land

Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0913 A study on physical interaction between the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and solid earth by using seismic and infrasonic waves
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Masaki Kanao
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0713
Email: kanao@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Multiple-sites arrayed observation of infrasound has been studied to reveal the energy transportation among the ionosphere, atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, and geosphere in Antarctica. The target is to identify the infrasound generated by icequake, motion of icesheets and ice fields, blizzard, aurora, etc. by the arrayed observation. The infrasound, long-period barometric waves, might be a good proxy for studying climate changes.
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Discipline: Geophysics and seismology
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Langhovde
Skarvsnes
Skallen
Rundvågshetta
Akarui Misaki
Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0914 Search for extraterrestrial materials in Antarctica
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Akira Yamaguchi
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0707
Email: yamaguchi@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: The purpose of this project is to collect surface snow near the Dome Fuji station which contains micrometeorites with very low degrees of terrestrial weathering.
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Discipline: Planetary science
Areas of Activity
Dome Fuji
Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0922 Responses of marine predators to environmental change: year-round tracking approach
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Akinori Takahashi
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0741
Email: atak@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: The year-round tracking of foraging behaviour of Adelie penguins by using biologging devices such as GPS and geolocatiors.
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Discipline: Biological sciences - other
Areas of Activity
Langhovde

Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0923 Marine Ecosystem of the Indian Ocean Sector of the Southern Ocean
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Masato Moteki
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, Department of Ocean Sciences, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
Phone: +81-3-5463-0527
Email: masato@kaiyodai.ac.jp
Details/Description: Understanding of the ecosystem beneath sea ice is essential for ecological studies of both krill- and myctophid-based food webs. The black box beneath the ice should be opened. Water collections at some depths and plankton collections as well as acoustic sonding are carried out at stations, including those in ice covered areas. The community compositions at various depths as well as the vertical distributions of temperature, salinity and nutrients are observed for elucidating the environmental changes of the Southern Ocean.
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Discipline: Biological sciences - other
Areas of Activity
Indian Sector of the Southern Ocean
Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0924 Medical researches on Antarctic expeditioners under extreme environment
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Satoshi Imura
Job Title or Position: Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0602
Email: imura@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Survey for Legionella in Antarctic environment / Study on dental health of expedition personnel.
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Discipline: Biological sciences - other
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0929 Global lightning activities and atmospheric disturbances derived from electromagnetic wave and electric field measurements
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Mitsuteru Sato
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University
Phone: +81-11-706-2763
Email: msato@ep.sci.hokudai.ac.jp
Details/Description: Continuous measurements of ELF electromagnetic waves in the frequency range of 1-100Hz and atmospheric DC electric field will be carried out. At Nishi-Ongul To (Island), two horizontal induction magnetometers were installed for the ELF measurement, while the field mill sensors were installed at Higashi-Ongul To (Island) for the atmospheric electric field measurement. From these data, it is possible to monitor global activities of lightning discharges and the global electric circuit.
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Discipline: Earth and atmospheric sciences - other
Areas of Activity
Nishi-Ongul To
Higashi-Ongul To area

Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0936 Crustal evolution in Polar region
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Tomokazu Hokada
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0714
Email: hokada@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: Geological survey of outcrops and nunataks in Dronning Maud Land and Enderby Land will be carried out in order to understand the crustal structure and history of East Antarctica, and its geologic correlation with the surrounding continents.
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Discipline: Geology
Areas of Activity
Lützow-holm bay
Prince Olav Coast
Enderby Land 3603
Science Plan/Program/Project: AP0937 The origin and geohistory of biodiversity on the terrestrial ecosystem in Antarctica
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Satoshi Imura
Job Title or Position: Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0602
Email: imura@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: To understand the origin of biodiversity in Syowa Station area, detail information of terrestrial flora, meiofauna, and bacterial flora will be surveyed in the vicinity of Syowa Station.
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Discipline: Biology
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Langhovde
Skarvsnes
Skallen
Enderby Land 3603
Science Plan/Program/Project: Foraging ecology of marine predetors in the Ross Sea
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Akinori Takahashi
Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR
Phone: +81-42-512-0741
Email: atak@nipr.ac.jp
Details/Description: The foraging behavior of Weddell Seals will be tracked using biologging devices such as GPS, accelerometers, and video recorders. Collaboration with NIWA, NZ.
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Discipline: Animal tracking
Areas of Activity
Scott Base

Science Plan/Program/Project: TC02 Tidal observation
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Katuhiro Kusunoki
Job Title or Position: Director, Environmental and Oceanographic Research Division, Japan Coast Guard
Phone: +81-3-3595-3606
Email: nankyoku@jodc.go.jp
Details/Description: Tidal observation
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Discipline: Oceanography
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Science Plan/Program/Project: TG01 Geodetic observations
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Minoru Fujii
Job Title or Position: Deputy Director of International Affairs Div., Geospatial Information Authority of Japan
Phone: +81-29-864-6159
Email: gsi-antarctic@ml.mlit.go.jp
Details/Description: Precise Geodetic Observations (GNSS Observation) Precise Geodetic Observations (Relative Gravity Survey) Leveling
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Discipline: Geomorhology
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Science Plan/Program/Project: TG02 Geodetic survey
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Minoru Fujii
Job Title or Position: Deputy Director of International Affairs Div., Geospatial Information Authority of Japan
Phone: +81-29-864-6159
Email: gsi-antarctic@ml.mlit.go.jp
Details/Description: Signal for aerial photography Aerial photography
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Discipline: Geomorhology
Areas of Activity
Syowa

Science Plan/Program/Project: TJM01 Surface synoptic observation
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Hiroyuki Ogihara
Job Title or Position: Head, Office of Antarctic Observation, Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)
Phone: +81-3-3211-8409
Email: antarctic@met.kishou.go.jp
Details/Description: Air Pressure Air Temperature Humidity Wind speed Wind direction Sunshine duration Global solar radiation Snow depth
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Discipline: Meteorology
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Science Plan/Program/Project: TJM02 Upper-air observation
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Hiroyuki Ogihara
Job Title or Position: Head, Office of Antarctic Observation, Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)
Phone: +81-3-3211-8409
Email: antarctic@met.kishou.go.jp
Details/Description: Radiosonde/ Atmospheric pressure, Air temperature, Humidity, Wind speed, Wind direction
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Discipline: Meteorology
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Science Plan/Program/Project: TJM03 Ozone observations
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Hiroyuki Ogihara
Job Title or Position: Head, Office of Antarctic Observation, Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)
Phone: +81-3-3211-8409
Email: antarctic@met.kishou.go.jp
Details/Description: Total ozone Umkehr Surface ozone Ozonesonde/ Ozone amount, Atmospheric pressure, Air temperature, Humidity, Wind speed, Wind direction
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Discipline: Meteorology
Areas of Activity
Syowa

Science Plan/Program/Project: TJM04 Radiation observation
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Hiroyuki Ogihara
Job Title or Position: Head, Office of Antarctic Observation, Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)
Phone: +81-3-3211-8409
Email: antarctic@met.kishou.go.jp
Details/Description: Global solar radiation, Direct solar radiation, Diffuse solar radiation, Composite global solar radiation, Downward longwave radiation, Downward total radiation, UV-B radiation, Reflected solar radiation Upward longwave radiation, Upward total radiation, Atmospheric turbidity Surface spectral ultraviolet radiation
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Discipline: Meteorology
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Science Plan/Program/Project: TJM05 Weather analysis
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Hiroyuki Ogihara
Job Title or Position: Head, Office of Antarctic Observation, Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)
Phone: +81-3-3211-8409
Email: antarctic@met.kishou.go.jp
Details/Description: Weather Conditions
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Discipline: Meteorology
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Science Plan/Program/Project: TJM06 Another observation
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Hiroyuki Ogihara
Job Title or Position: Head, Office of Antarctic Observation, Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)
Phone: +81-3-3211-8409
Email: antarctic@met.kishou.go.jp
Details/Description: Automatic Weather Station observation
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Discipline: Meteorology
Areas of Activity
Syowa

Science Plan/Program/Project: TN01 Ionospheric observations
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Hideo Maeno
Job Title or Position: Senior Research, Space Environment Laboratory, NICT
Phone: +81-42-327-6096
Email: maeno@nict.go.jp
Details/Description: Ionospheric vertical sounding GPS scintillarion monitoring
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Discipline: Earth and atmospheric sciences - other
Areas of Activity
Syowa
Science Plan/Program/Project: TN02 Data acquisition for monitoring space weather conditions
Planned Operating Period: From  15 Dec 2018   To  15 Dec 2019
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Hideo Maeno
Job Title or Position: Senior Research, Space Environment Laboratory, NICT
Phone: +81-42-327-6096
Email: maeno@nict.go.jp
Details/Description: Data acquisition of ionospheric vertical sounding, GPS scintillation monitoring, magnetic field variations, and cosmic noise absorption
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Discipline: Astrophysics
Areas of Activity
Syowa

Science Activities in Previous Year
Scientific Information - Science Activities in Previous Year
Project Name/Number: 8-TC1-S Bathymetric survey
Discipline: Oceanography
Principal Investigator: Name: Katuhiro Surname: Kusunoki Job Title or Position: Director, Hydrographic Surveys Division, Hydrographic and Oceanographic Department, Japan Coast Guard Phone:+81-3-3595-3601
Main Activity/ Remarks: Bathymetric survey
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2018
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: 8-TC2-WS Tidal observation
Discipline: Oceanography
Principal Investigator: Name: Shinichi Surname: Toyama Job Title or Position: Director, Environmental and Oceanographic Research Division Hydrographic and Oceanographic Department, Japan Coast Guard Phone: +81-3-3595-3601
Main Activity/ Remarks: Tidal observation
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  15 Feb 2019
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: 8-TJM1-W Surface synoptic observation
Discipline: Meteorology
Principal Investigator: Name: Hiroyuki Surname: Ogihara Job Title or Position: Head, Office of Antarctic Observation, Observation Department, Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) Phone: +81-3-3211-8409 Email: antarctic@met.kishou.go.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Air Pressure Air Temperature Humidity Wind speed Wind direction Sunshine duration Global solar radiation Snow depth
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  01 Dec 2018
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: 8-TJM2-W Upper-air observation
Discipline: Meteorology
Principal Investigator: Name: Hiroyuki Surname: Ogihara Job Title or Position: Head, Office of Antarctic Observation, Observation Department, Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) Phone: +81-3-3211-8409 Email: antarctic@met.kishou.go.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Radiosonde/ Atmospheric pressure, Air temperature, Humidity, Wind speed, Wind direction
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  01 Dec 2018
Areas of Operation

Project Name/Number: 8-TJM3-W Ozone observations
Discipline: Meteorology
Principal Investigator: Name: Hiroyuki Surname: Ogihara Job Title or Position: Head, Office of Antarctic Observation, Observation Department, Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) Phone: +81-3-3211-8409 Email: antarctic@met.kishou.go.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Total ozone, Umkehr, Surface ozone, Ozonesonde/ Ozone amount, Atmospheric pressure, Air temperature, Humidity, Wind speed, Wind direction
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  01 Dec 2018
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: 8-TJM4-W Radiation observation
Discipline: Meteorology
Principal Investigator: Name: Hiroyuki Surname: Ogihara Job Title or Position: Head, Office of Antarctic Observation, Observation Department, Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) Phone: +81-3-3211-8409 Email: antarctic@met.kishou.go.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Global solar radiation, Direct solar radiation, Diffuse solar radiation, Composite global solar radiation, Downward longwave radiation, Downward total radiation, UV-B radiation, Reflected solar radiation Upward longwave radiation, Upward total radiation, Atmospheric turbidity Surface spectral ultraviolet radiation
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  01 Dec 2018
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: 8-TJM5-W Weather analysis
Discipline: Meteorology
Principal Investigator: Name: Hiroyuki Surname: Ogihara Job Title or Position: Head, Office of Antarctic Observation, Observation Department, Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) Phone: +81-3-3211-8409 Email: antarctic@met.kishou.go.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Weather conditions
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  01 Dec 2018
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: 8-TJM6-W Another observation
Discipline: Meteorology
Principal Investigator: Name: Hiroyuki Surname: Ogihara Job Title or Position: Head, Office of Antarctic Observation, Observation Department, Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) Phone: +81-3-3211-8409 Email: antarctic@met.kishou.go.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Weather robot observation
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  01 Dec 2018
Areas of Operation

Project Name/Number: 8-TN1-WS Ionospheric observations
Discipline:
Principal Investigator: Name: Hideo Surname: Maeno Job Title or Position: Senior Research, Applied Electromagnetic Research Institute, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology Phone: +81-42-327-6096 Email: maeno@nict.go.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Ionospheric vertical sounding, GPS scintillarion monitoring
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  15 Feb 2019
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: 8-TN2-WS Data acquisition for monitoring space weather conditions
Discipline:
Principal Investigator: Name: Hideo Surname: Maeno Job Title or Position: Senior Research, Applied Electromagnetic Research Institute, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology Phone: +81-42-327-6096 Email: maeno@nict.go.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Data acquisition of ionospheric vertical sounding, GPS scintillation monitoring, magnetic field variations, and cosmic noise absorption
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  15 Feb 2019
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: 9-G03-S Foraging ecology of Pygoscelis penguins breeding at Signy Island
Discipline: Biological sciences - other
Principal Investigator: Name: Jean-Baptiste Surname: Thiebot Job Title or Position: Project Researcher, NIPR Phone: +81-42-512-0768 Email: jbthiebot@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Foraging location, diving behaviour, and underwater prey field of Adélie and chinstrap penguins were examined at breeding colonies on Signy Island.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2018
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: 9-H03-S Development of Satellite Laser Ranging system for Antarctic
Discipline:
Principal Investigator: Name: Toshimichi Surname: Ohtsubo Job Title or Position: Professor, Hitotsubashi University Phone: Email: t.otsubor.hit-u.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: An all-sky camera and a cloud sensor were installed in Syowa and the data archiving procedure was automated. We plan to operate them for one year to see the feasibility of Satellite Laser Ranging operation.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-J1-SW A study on the global atmosphere system based on high-resolution observations of the Antarctic atmosphere
Discipline: Meteorology , Atmospheric sciences
Principal Investigator: Name: Kaoru Surname: Sato Job Title or Position: Professor, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo Phone: +81-3-5841-4668 Email: kaoru@eps.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Observations of the Antarctic atmosphere were performed during JARE58 in order to examine various processes and their role in the global atmospheric system by utilizing (1) the PANSY (Program of the ANtarctic SYowa MST/IS) radar, which is the largest atmospheric radar in the Antarctic, and (2) related instruments such as resonance/Rayleigh scatter lidar, millimeter wave spectrometer, MF radar, OH IR airglow imager, OH spectrometer, high-speed auroral imager, and proton auroral spectrograph. The second and third campaigns of Interhemispheric Coupling Study by Observations and Modeling (ICSOM) were also successfully conducted.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2019
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: 9-J2-S Research of Ocean-ice Boundary Interaction and Change around Antarctica
Discipline: Oceanography , Glaciology
Principal Investigator: Name: Shigeru Surname: Aoki Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, ILTS, Hokkaido University Phone: Email: shigeru@lowtem.hokudai.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Unmanned observations such as under-ice oceanographic, seafloor and cryospheric observations using ROV, glaciological and oceanographic observations using hot water drill, geodetic network observations of ice/ocean motion and deformation using GPS/ GNSS/ApRES, and oceanographic observations using tethered and moored profiling observation systems were carried out. These remote observation techniques were applied to the new horizons such as Lützow-Holmbukta, Cape Darnley and Totten Glacier regions for the understandings of the mechanisms of different ice-ocean interaction regimes.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-J3-SW Antarctic paleoenvironmental reconstructions for unraveling the Earth system variations
Discipline: Environmental sciences
Principal Investigator: Name: Kenji Surname: Kawamura Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR Phone: +81-42-512-0684 Email: kawamura@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Inland traverse from S16 to Dome Fuji. Snow observations and sampling along the route and in the vicinity of Dome Fuji station. Around Dome Fuji, ice radar and other glaciological/meteorological observations. Transportation of the second phase Dome Fuji ice core samples on the return trip. An automatic weather station installed near Dome Fuji. Sampling of lake sediment and observation of surface topography with UAV in the areas of Ongul Islands, Langhovde, Skallen, and Skarvsnes.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2019
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: 9-K01-S Deployment of drifting buoys requested from Australian Bureau of Meteorology
Discipline: Meteorology
Principal Investigator: Name: Joel Surname: Cabrie Job Title or Position: Team Leader, Marine Networks, Bureau of Meteorology, Australia Phone: +61 3 9669 4651
Main Activity/ Remarks: Surface drifting buoys were deployed from R/V Shirase in response to the request of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Location and sea surface data at each buoy were transmitted to the satellite.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-K02-S Deployment of Argo floats requested from JAMSTEC
Discipline: Oceanography
Principal Investigator: Name: Shigeki Surname: Hosoda Job Title or Position: Senior Research Scientist, JAMSTEC
Main Activity/ Remarks: One profiling float was deployed from the icebreaker Shirase in the Southern Ocean. Temperature and salinity profiles measured by the float were transmitted via satellite systems.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2018
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: 9-MB1-W Population census of Adélie penguins
Discipline: Biological sciences - other
Principal Investigator: Name: Akinori Surname: Takahashi Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR Phone: +81-42-512-0741 Email: atak@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Census of Adélie penguins at rockeries in the Sôya Kaigan area was carried out in mid-November and early December. Number of the penguins and the pairs were counted.
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  01 Dec 2018
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: 9-MB2-S Marine ecosystem monitoring
Discipline: Biological sciences - other
Principal Investigator: Name: Tsuneo Surname: Odate Job Title or Position: Professor, NIPR Phone: +81-42-512-0738 Email: odate@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Oceanographic observations in the Southern Ocean along the cruise track of R/V Shirase were carried out between Fremantle and Sydney via water off Syowa. Surface water was pumped up to measure physical, chemical and biological parameters, including Chlorophyll a and pCO2 concentrations. Water collections at some depths and plankton collections are carried out at stations, including those in ice covered areas.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-MG1-W Integrated Geodetic monitoring observation
Discipline: Geomorhology
Principal Investigator: Name: Koichiro Surname: Doi Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR Phone: +81-42-512-0701 Email: doi@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Monitoring of a fixed point location in Syowa was carried out with a DORIS antenna operating all year-round. Ground temperature was monitored all year-round at sites near the Zakuro Ike in Langhovde and near the Ô-ike, in Nishi-Ongul To (Island). VLBI experiments were carried out 6-8 times a year using a mult-purpose 11 meter diameter dish and gravity was monitored with a super-conductivity gravimeter at Syowa. Tide was monitored near Syowa with a GNSS buoy all year-round. Crustal movements were monitored by GNSS measurements on several outcrop rocks around Syowa.
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  01 Dec 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-MG2-W Seismic monitoring observation
Discipline: Geophysics and seismology
Principal Investigator: Name: Masaki Surname: Kanao Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR Phone: +81-42-512-9026 Email: kanao@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Seismometers were installed to monitor earthquakes at Syowa and four sites on the Sôya Kaigan all year-round.
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  01 Dec 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-MG3-S Marine geophysical observations
Discipline: Geophysics and seismology
Principal Investigator: Name: Yoshifumi Surname: Nogi Job Title or Position: Professor, NIPR Phone: +81-42-512-0603 Email: nogi@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Seasurface gravity and geomagnetism were measured on board the R/V Shirase from Fremantle to Sydney. Sea bottom pressure was monitored with a pressure gauge installed and recovered every summer on the sea bottom about 4000 meter deep in the Southern Ocean around 66°50'S and 37°50'E.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2018
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: 9-MG4-W Infrasound observation
Discipline: Geophysics and seismology
Principal Investigator: Name: Masaki Surname: Kanao Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR Phone: +81-42-512-9026 Email: kanao@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Arrayed observation of infrasound was carried out at Syowa all year-round.
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  01 Dec 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-MP1-W Monitoring of atmospheric greenhouse gases and related constituents
Discipline: Atmospheric sciences
Principal Investigator: Name: Daisuke Surname: Goto Job Title or Position: Assistant Professor, NIPR Phone: +81-42-512-0673 Email: goto.daisuke@nipr.ac.jp​
Main Activity/ Remarks: Monitoring of atmospheric CO2, CH4, CO and O2 concentrations was carried out all year-round at Syowa. Whole air samples were collected periodically for subsequent analyses in Japan.
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  01 Dec 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-MP2-W Monitoring of aerosol and clouds
Discipline: Atmospheric sciences
Principal Investigator: Name: Masataka Surname: Shiobara Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR Phone: +81-42-512-0678 Email: shio@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Aerosol and clouds were monitored by remote-sensing and in-situ measurements at Syowa for investigating their climate impact. All-sky images were recorded every 10 minutes to monitor cloud cover all year-round. Vertical distributions of cloud aerosols were monitored continuously with a micro-pulse lidar. A sky radiometer was installed to monitor solar radiation and aerosol optical properties from mid-August to early May. Size distribution of aerosol was monitored continuously at the aerosol observation hut all year-round as well as aethalometer observation.
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  01 Dec 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-MP3-W Monitoring of mass balance in Antarctic ice sheet
Discipline: Glaciology
Principal Investigator: Name: Hideaki Surname: Motoyama Job Title or Position: Professor, NIPR Phone: +81-42-512-0680 Email: motoyama@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Sea ice thickness and snow depth measurements from Syowa to Tottuki Misaki. Snow accumulation measurements by snow stake method and surface snow samplings from Tottuki Misaki to S16 site. Snow accumulation measurements and surface snow samplings from S16 to Dome Fuji.
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  01 Dec 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-MP4-S Sea ice and hydrographic observations onboard icebreaker Shirase and in Lützow-Holm Bay oceanography
Discipline: Glaciology
Principal Investigator: Name: Shuki Surname: Ushio Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR Phone: +81-42-512-0676 Email: ushio@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Measurements of sea ice thickness and ice concentration. Monitoring of vessel movement during ice navigation.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-MS1-W Data acquisition of Earth observing satellites
Discipline:
Principal Investigator: Name: Hiroshi Surname: Miyaoka Job Title or Position: Professor, NIPR Phone: +81-42-512-0662 Email: miyaoka@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Data acquisition of NOAA, METOP-1, DMSP, AQUA, TERRA and NPP polar orbiting Earth observation satellites with L/S/X-band receiving facility at Syowa.
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  01 Dec 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-MU1-W Auroral optical observation
Discipline: Atmospheric sciences
Principal Investigator: Name: Akira Surname: Kadokura Job Title or Position: Professor, ROIS  Phone: +81-42-512-9105 Email: kadokura@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Auroras were monitored with all-sky electron and proton auroral imagers (EAI and PAI), an all-sky color digital camera (CDC), all-sky black and white TV cameras (ATV), and scanning photometer (SPM) from late February to early October at Syowa.
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  01 Dec 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-MU2-W Geomagnetism observation
Discipline: Atmospheric sciences
Principal Investigator: Name: Akira Surname: Kadokura Job Title or Position: Professor, ROIS  Phone: +81-42-512-9105 Email: kadokura@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Absolute geomagnetic observation was carried out every month and geomagnetic variation observation with a 3-axis fluxgate magnetometer was carried out continuously all through the year at Syowa.
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  01 Dec 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-MU3-W Monitoring observation of Geospace phenomena at West Ongul Island
Discipline: Atmospheric sciences
Principal Investigator: Name: Akira Surname: Kadokura Job Title or Position: Professor, ROIS  Phone: +81-42-512-9105 Email: kadokura@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Cosmic Noise Absorption (CNA) was observed with two sets of riometers and natural VLF and ULF waves were observed with two sets of loop antennas and two sets of induction magnetometers at West-Ongul To (Island) continuously all through the year.
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  01 Dec 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-O04-S Cloud fraction with an all-sky camera onboard R/V Shirase
Discipline: Atmospheric sciences
Principal Investigator: Name: Makoto Surname: Kuji Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, Nara Women's University Phone: +81-742-20-3044 Email: makato@ics.nara-wu.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Sky images were successfully obtained in every five-minute along the cruise track of R/V Shirase. The cloud amounts were derived from the sky images and the results were consistent with ceilometer and visual observations on R/V Shirase.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-O05-S Continuous measurements of the atmospheric O2/N2 and CO2 on board R/V Shirase
Discipline: Atmospheric sciences
Principal Investigator: Name: Shinji Surname: Morimoto Job Title or Position: Professor, Tohoku University Phone: +81-22-795-5780 Email: mon@m.tohoku.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Continuous measurements of the atmospheric O2/N2 ratio and CO2 were carried out using fuel-cell oxygen analyzer and non-dispersive infrared analyzer onboard R/V Shirase.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-O05-S Habitat mapping using multidimensional observable underwater remotely operated vehicles in Antarctic lakes
Discipline: Biological sciences - other
Principal Investigator: Name: Shinpei Surname: Gotoh Job Title or Position: Assistant Professor, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
Main Activity/ Remarks: 3D-images of the Antarctic lake bottom microbial assemblages were remotely recorded by way of an underwater vehicle.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-O06-S Investigation of practical intelligence of risk treatment for developing safety education programme of field science
Discipline: Psychology
Principal Investigator: Name: Shin Surname: Murakoshi Job Title or Position: Professor, Shizuoka University Phone: +81-54-238-4665 Email: murakoshi.shin@shizuoka.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Interview about risk and risk perception test were conducted both on the trip to and from the Antarctica from thirty-two participants. On-site interview about perception of risk was also conducted with glaciology survey team and with geographical survey team. Practical knowledge of risk management was extracted by qualitative analysis methods (Grounded Theory Approach) as well as process of risk perception process in which perceived information and existing knowledge interacts was identified.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-O07-S Research on refrigerator performance of superconducting gravimeter
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Principal Investigator: Name: Hiroshi Surname: Ikeda Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, University of Tsukuba Email: Ikedabk.tsukuba.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Ambient air temperature and the temperature of the 1st stage freezing system for the gravimeter at Syowa were stabilized by enclosing it with heat insulating boards, and adjustments of thermal tilt and inner pressure of the gravimeter improved the measurement accuracy.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-O08-S Studies on the blowing snow contribution on the surface mass balance of Antarctic ice sheet by the direct measurements and the elucidation of spatiotemporal structure
Discipline: Climate studies
Principal Investigator: Name: Kouichi Surname: Nishimura Job Title or Position: Professor, Nagoya University Email: knishinagoya-u.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Field observations were carried out on blowing snow and the relevant surface deformation at S17 on the Antarctic ice-sheet near Syowa. The major measurements were on; 1) blowing snow transport by a snow particle counter (SPC), and automatic weather station (AWS), and 2) changes in snow surface topography by a laser scanner.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-P01-SW Space weather study using cosmic ray observations at Syowa Station in Antarctica
Discipline: Astrophysics
Principal Investigator: Name: Chihiro Surname: Kato Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, Shinshu University
Main Activity/ Remarks: A neutron monitor and a muon detector system were installed at Syowa. Cosmic ray observation with those detectors was started in this expedition. The observation is continuing and the data will be used for space weather studies.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2019
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Project Name/Number: 9-P02-SW Large area network observation of auroral phenomena using unmanned system
Discipline: Atmospheric sciences
Principal Investigator: Name: Akira Surname: Kadokura Job Title or Position: Professor, ROIS  Phone: +81-42-512-9105 Email: kadokura@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Low-power autonomous auroral observation system at Amundsen Bay has been working continuously all through the year. Unmanned magnetometer network around Amundsen Bay and Lützow-Holmbukta area was maintained.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2019
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Project Name/Number: 9-P03-SW Dynamics of magnetosphere and ionosphere by using mult-wavelength, simultaneous observations of auroras at South Pole and McMurdo stations
Discipline: Earth and atmospheric sciences - other
Principal Investigator: Name: Yusuke Surname: Ebihara Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, Kyoto University Phone: Email:ebihara@rish.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: In total, 6 cameras were operated in the main building of the South Pole Station, and 4 cameras at Arrival Heights in the McMurdo Station. The observation starts in the middle of April, and lasts at the end of August.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2019
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Project Name/Number: 9-P04-SW Study on polar upper atmosphere in possible grand minimum period and inner magnetosphere dynamics with SuperDARN radars
Discipline: Earth and atmospheric sciences - other
Principal Investigator: Name: Akira Sessai Surname: Yukimatu Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR
Main Activity/ Remarks: With SENSU SuperDARN HF radars at Syowa station and auroral all-sky imager network at Zhongshan and South Pole stations (as well as Dome Fuji - not operational currently) under FOVs of the SENSU radars, simultaneous observation was conducted to try to study on polar upper atmosphere in possible grand minimum or very low solar activity period and inner magnetosphere dynamics with SuperDARN radars as well as to contribute to broader space weather research. / Remarks: During JARE58 (Feb 2017 to Jan 2018) season, twin-radar operation was conducted throughout the year (except Feb to mid-June, 2017 when Syowa South was not operational). Simultaneous special campaigns with ARASE (ERG) satellite (launched in Dec. 2016 and started full operation in Mar. 2017) were also conducted under international SuperDARN schedule. During JARE59 austral summer season (Nov 2017 to Jan 2018), optical imager data and all the instrument at Dome Fuji station was deinstalled and brought back to Japan.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2019
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Project Name/Number: 9-P05-W Global lightning activities and atmospheric disturbances derived from electromagnetic wave and electric field measurements
Discipline: Atmospheric sciences
Principal Investigator: Name: Mitsuteru Surname: Sato Job Title or Position: Lecturer, Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University Phone: +81-11-706-2763 Email: msato@ep.sci.hokudai.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Continuous measurements of ELF electromagnetic waves in the frequency range of 1-100Hz and atmospheric DC electric field were carried out. At Nishi-Ongul To (Island), two horizontal induction magnetometers were installed for the ELF measurement, while the 4 field mill sensors were installed at Higashi-Ongul To (Island) for atmospheric electric field measurement. From these data, it is possible to monitor activities of global lightning discharges and global electric circuit.
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  01 Dec 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-P08-W Long-term observation of water vapor in the Antarctic stratosphere
Discipline: Atmospheric sciences
Principal Investigator: Name: Yoshihiro Surname: Tomikawa Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR  Phone: +81-42-512-0660 Email: tomikawa@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Balloon-borne water vapor observations were performed in Feb., Apr., Jul., and Oct. 2017 at Syowa. They successfully captured seasonal variations of water vapor concentration in the Antarctic upper troposphere and lower stratosphere.
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  01 Dec 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-P10-SW Changing of East Antarctic aerosols in global biogeochemical environment
Discipline: Atmospheric sciences
Principal Investigator: Name: Masahiko Surname: Hayashi Job Title or Position: Professor, Faculty of Science, Fukuoka University Phone: +81-871-6631 ex.6168 Email: mhayashi@fukuoka-u.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: 1) Observation of optical property and aerosol concentration along cruise track of R/V Shirase by ship borne, aureolemeter, condensation particle counter, optical particle counter, nephelometer, aethalometer, ceilometerduring summer. 2) Aerosol sampling for chemical constituent analyses along cruise track of R/V Shirase during summer. 3) Measurement of optical absorption coefficient of aerosol at Syowa by an aethalometer and MAAP all year round.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2019
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Project Name/Number: 9-P11-S Mechanism of variation in surface condition of the ice sheet and heat and moisture budget in east Antarctica
Discipline: Meteorology , Glaciology
Principal Investigator: Name: Naohiko Surname: Hirasawa Job Title or Position: Assistant Professor, NIPR Phone: +81-42-512-0685 Email: hira.n@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: 1) Radiosonde observation was carried out at Dome Fuji and on Shirase in 2017/18 summer. 2) AWS (Automatic Weather Station) was installed at Dome Fuji and S17 (collaborated with project:9-O08-S) in 2017/18 summer. A trouble in AWS installed at H128 was fixed. 3) Surface snow sampling was done every 10 km along the traverse route from S17 to Dome Fuji to obtain the isotopic properties. 4) Isotopic properties (water vapor and Be7) over Antarctic Ocean from Fremantle, Australia to Syowa and from Syowa to Sydney was observed on Shirase in 2017/18 summer.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-P13-S A study on physical interaction between the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and solid earth by using seismic and infrasonic waves
Discipline: Geophysics and seismology
Principal Investigator: Name: Masaki Surname: Kanao Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR Phone: +81-42-512-9026 Email: kanao@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Multiple-sites arrayed observation of infrasound was carried out to reveal the energy transportation among the ionosphere, atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, and geosphere in Antarctica. The target was to identify the infrasound generated by icequake, motion of ice sheets and ice fields, blizzard, aurora, etc. by the arrayed observation. The infrasound, long-period barometric waves, might be a good proxy for studying climate changes.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-P14-S Search for extraterrestrial materials in Antarctica
Discipline: Planetary science
Principal Investigator: Name: Akira Surname: Yamaguchi Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR Phone: +81-42-512-0707 Email: yamaguchi@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Surface snow near the Dome Fuji station which contains fresh micrometeorites was collected.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-P17-S Study on the Ice sheet changes and GIA by absolute gravity measurements and GNSS observations in Soya Coast and inland mountain area, Antarctica.
Discipline: Geomorhology
Principal Investigator: Name: Yuichi Surname: Aoyama Job Title or Position: Assistant Professor, NIPR Phone: +81-42-512-0712 Email: aoyama@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: With objective of investigating crustal movements and mass redistribution associated with Glacial Isostatic Adjustment, we conducted the field absolute gravity and GNSS measurements at six sites on outcrops in East Antarctica as follows: Botnnuten, Rundvaugshetta, Skallen, Langhovde, Akarui Misaki, Mt. Riiser-Larsen. The A10 gravimeter (MGL inc.) was used for the field absolute gravity measurements and was calibrated with the FG-5 gravimeter on IAGBN in Gravity Observation Hut, Syowa Station.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-P21-SW Major succession/transition of terrestrial/lake ecosystems
Discipline: Geology
Principal Investigator: Name: Sakae Surname: Kudoh Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR Phone: +81-42-512-0739 Email: skudoh@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Limnological survey of lakes, biological sampling, lake sediment-core sampling and year-around environmental observations using automated equipments in Sôya Kaigan.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2019
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Project Name/Number: 9-P22-SW Responses of marine predators to environmental change: year-round tracking approach
Discipline: Biological sciences - other
Principal Investigator: Name: Akinori Surname: Takahashi Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, NIPR Phone: +81-42-512-0741 Email: atak@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Foraging location, diving behaviour, feeding rate, under-ice prey field, diet composition, reproductive success, and winter migrations of Adélie penguins were examined at a breeding colony in the Langhovde area in Lützow-Holmbukta. Weddell seal's movement and diving behaviour were also monitored with satellite relay data loggers.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2019
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Project Name/Number: 9-P23-S Marine Ecosystem of the Indian Ocean Sector of the Southern Ocean
Discipline: Biological sciences - other
Principal Investigator: Name: Masato Surname: Moteki Job Title or Position: Associate Professor, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology Email: masato@kaiyodai.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: A drifting buoy system with two sediment traps and several sensors including those for biological parameters was deployed.
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-P24-W Medical researches on Antarctic expeditioners under extreme environment
Discipline: Biological sciences - other
Principal Investigator: Name: Kentaro Surname: Watanabe Job Title or Position: Professor, NIPR Phone: +81-42-512-0646 Email: kentaro@nipr.ac.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: A study on dental health of expedition personnel was carried out.
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Operating Period: From:  15 Feb 2018   To:  01 Dec 2018
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Project Name/Number: 9-TG1-SW Geodetic observations
Discipline: Geomorhology
Principal Investigator: Name: Minoru Surname: Fujii Job Title or Position: Deputy Director of International Affairs Div., Planning Dept., Geospatial Information Authority of Japan Phone: +81-29-864-6159 Email: gsi-antarctic@ml.mlit.go.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Precise Geodetic Observations (GNSS Observation) Precise Geodetic Observations (Relative Gravity Survey) Precise Geodetic Observations (Geoid Survey) Precise Geodetic Observations (Absolute Gravity Survey)
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2019
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Project Name/Number: 9-TG2-S Geodetic survey
Discipline: Geomorhology
Principal Investigator: Name: Minoru Surname: Fujii Job Title or Position: Deputy Director of International Affairs Div., Planning Dept., Geospatial Information Authority of Japan Phone: +81-29-864-6159 Email: gsi-antarctic@ml.mlit.go.jp
Main Activity/ Remarks: Ground laser scanner surveying Signal for aerial photography Aerial photography
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Operating Period: From:  01 Dec 2017   To:  15 Feb 2018
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Station Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Stations
Name: Syowa Station
Type: Wintering
Location:
Site Name: Syowa   Lat: 69º 00´ 25´´ S   Long: 39º 35´ 01´´ E  
Maximum Population: 130
Medical Facilities: Minimum required surgical operation facilities and dental emergency facilities are equipped. Two medical doctors stay at the station.
Remarks / Description: Location : Higashi-Ongul To (Island), Lützow-Holmbukta Elevation: 28.9m Established: January 29, 1957 Major Field Activities: Oversnow traverse to Dome Fuji Station / Biological and geophysical observations in Lützow-Holmbukta area

Vessels Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Vessels
Name: R/V Shirase
Country of Registry: Japan
Number of Voyages: 1
Maximum Crew: 179
Maximum Passengers: 80
Remarks: Departure date: December 2, 2017 Port of Departure: Fremantle, Australia Arrival Date: March 20, 2018 Port of Arrival: Sydney, Australia Areas of Operation: Lützow-Holmbukta, Kronprins Olav Kyst Purpose: Transportation of cargo and personnel / Support of oceanographic and field observations
Depart. Date Depart. Port Arrival Date Arrival Port Areas of Operation Purpose
02 Dec 2017 Sydney, Australia 20 Mar 2018 Sydney, Australia
02 Dec 2017 Lützow-Holmbukta, Kronprins Olav Kyst
Transportation of cargo and personnel / Support of oceanographic and field observations

Aircrat Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Aircraft
Type: AS350BA
Category: Local helicopter flights
Period From: 18/12/2017
Period To: 22/02/2018
Remarks: transportation of cargo and personnel / support of field observations
Type: CH-101
Category: Local helicopter flights
Period From: 18/12/2017
Period To: 22/02/2018
Remarks: transportation of cargo and personnel / support of field observations

Research Rockets Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Research Rockets
Location Launch: Site Name: Syowa   Lat: 69º 00´ 25´´ S   Long: 39º 35´ 01´´ E  
Date/Period/Frequency: Twice daily, throughout the year and up to 4 times during the summer (January or February, 2018)
Direction: All directions, depending on wind
Max. Altitude: 30000
Impact Area: Within a radius of 200-300 km from the site
Type: Rubber balloon
Specifications: Radiosonde
Purpose: Aerological observation
Project Title/Number: Meteorological observations
Location Launch: Site Name: Syowa   Lat: 69º 00´ 25´´ S   Long: 39º 35´ 01´´ E  
Date/Period/Frequency: 1 to 2 times a week, throughout the year
Direction: All directions, depending on wind
Max. Altitude: 30000
Impact Area: Within a radius of 200-300 km from the site
Type: Rubber balloon
Specifications: ECC(Electrochemical Concentration Cell)Type Ozone sonde
Purpose: Ozone vertical profile measurement
Project Title/Number: Meteorological observations
Location Launch: Site Name: Aboard R/V Shirase   Lat:    Long:   
Date/Period/Frequency: 9 times in the summer (December, 2017)
Direction: All directions, depending on wind
Max. Altitude: 30000
Impact Area: Within a radius of 100 km from the site
Type: Rubber balloon
Specifications: Radiosonde
Purpose: Aerosol observation (area: Lützow-Holmbukta)
Project Title/Number: Mechanism of variation in surface condition of the ice sheet and heat and moisture budget in east Antarctica

Location Launch: Site Name: Syowa   Lat: 69º 00´ 25´´ S   Long: 39º 35´ 01´´ E  
Date/Period/Frequency: 4 times, throughout the year
Direction: All directions, depending on wind
Max. Altitude: 30000
Impact Area: Within a radius of 100 km from the site
Type: Rubber balloon
Specifications: Water vapor & Radiosonde
Purpose: Water vapor measurement
Project Title/Number: Long-term observation of water vapor in the Antarctic stratosphere

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
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
Title of Measure: Revision of the Ministerial Ordinance of “the Law relating to Protection of the Environment in Antarctica.”
Description of Measure: The Government of Japan worked to implement the Measures, new and revised management plans for ASPAs adopted at the 40th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM), through revision of the Ministerial Ordinance of “the Law relating to Protection of the Environment in Antarctica.”
Date of Effect: 31/08/2017

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 Information - Environmental Impact Assessment (IEE/CEE List - Annex I)
Type: IEE
Title: 59h Japanese Antarctic Research Expeditions
Organization(s) responsible:
Activity: Construction (Constructions at Syowa station)
Topics: - Construction / operation of facilities
Locations: Site name: Syowa station
Latitude: 69 00´S
Latitude: 39 35´E
Period/length of the activity:
Decision/Comment: Proceed (No more than a minor or transitory impact)

Environmental Impact Assessment - Follow-up Activities Report
Environmental Information - Environmental Impact Assessment (Monitoring and follow-up Activities)
Name of Activity: IEE
Location:
Site Name: Syowa   69º 00´ 25´´ S   Long: 39º 35´ 01´´ E  
Procedures put in Place: Activity: Construction (Constructions at Syowa station) Year: 2017 Title: 59th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition Organization responsible: Headquarters of the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition
Information Obtained:
Actions Taken: Decision: Proceed (No more than a minor or transitory impact)
Related EIA:
Year 2017   Title59h Japanese Antarctic Research Expeditions

Conservation of Fauna and Flora Report
Environmental Information - Conservation of Fauna and Flora
A PDF document has been uploaded to provide this information.

Waste Management Plans Report
Environmental Information - Waste Disposal and Waste Management (Waste Management Plans)
Title: Waste Management Guide
Fixed Site/Field Camp/Ship: Station and Field
Objective:
Implementation Report: Disposal of wastes in the stations and fields is implemented in accordance with Annex III of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty and the relevant national legislation. Sewage and gray water from summer accommodation are treated by non-biological method (Coagulation-Sedimentation Method), and Sewage and gray water from year-round accommodation are treated by membrane separation activated sludge process and the treated water is discharged into the sea. All the wastes are sorted and treated properly. Combustible wastes are disposed of by a two-stage incinerator. The ash is taken back to Japan. Wet food waste is treated by a dehydrating instrument. The residue is directly taken back to Japan or incinerated, and its ash is also taken back to Japan. The other waste is taken back to Japan.
Contact Point:
Organisation: Head of Logistics Section, National Institute of Polar Research
Name: Kazuo Higuchi
Job Title or Position: Head of Logistics Section, National Institute of Polar Research
Phone: +81-42-512-0779
Email: higuchi.kazuo@nipr.ac.jp

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:  141    Name:  Yukidori Valley, Langhovde, Lützow-Holm Bay (More Details)
Permit Number:
Number of people: Permitted to enter  2   That actually entered:  2
Permit Period: From:  25 Oct 2017   To:  31 Jan 2019
Purpose: Research
Summary of activities: Reporting
Event or project name/number: 59th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  141    Name:  Yukidori Valley, Langhovde, Lützow-Holm Bay (More Details)
Permit Number:
Number of people: Permitted to enter  47   That actually entered:  47
Permit Period: From:  25 Oct 2017   To:  31 Jan 2019
Purpose: Research
Summary of activities: Removal of waste
Event or project name/number: 59th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  141    Name:  Yukidori Valley, Langhovde, Lützow-Holm Bay (More Details)
Permit Number:
Number of people: Permitted to enter  14   That actually entered:  14
Permit Period: From:  25 Oct 2017   To:  31 Jan 2019
Purpose: Research
Summary of activities: Ecological survey of birds
Event or project name/number: 59th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  141    Name:  Yukidori Valley, Langhovde, Lützow-Holm Bay (More Details)
Permit Number:
Number of people: Permitted to enter  1   That actually entered:  1
Permit Period: From:  25 Oct 2017   To:  31 Jan 2019
Purpose: Research
Summary of activities: Research activity including gathering of information for study
Event or project name/number: 59th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition

ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  141    Name:  Yukidori Valley, Langhovde, Lützow-Holm Bay (More Details)
Permit Number:
Number of people: Permitted to enter  2   That actually entered:  2
Permit Period: From:  25 Oct 2017   To:  31 Jan 2019
Purpose: Research
Summary of activities: Gathering information for educational purpose
Event or project name/number: 59th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  141    Name:  Yukidori Valley, Langhovde, Lützow-Holm Bay (More Details)
Permit Number:
Number of people: Permitted to enter  6   That actually entered:  6
Permit Period: From:  25 Oct 2017   To:  31 Jan 2019
Purpose: Research
Summary of activities: Water quality analysis in lake Yukidori Ike
Event or project name/number: 59th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  141    Name:  Yukidori Valley, Langhovde, Lützow-Holm Bay (More Details)
Permit Number:
Number of people: Permitted to enter  8   That actually entered:  8
Permit Period: From:  25 Oct 2017   To:  31 Jan 2019
Purpose: Research
Summary of activities: Taking aerial photographs
Event or project name/number: 59th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  141    Name:  Yukidori Valley, Langhovde, Lützow-Holm Bay (More Details)
Permit Number:
Number of people: Permitted to enter  5   That actually entered:  5
Permit Period: From:  25 Oct 2017   To:  31 Jan 2019
Purpose: Research
Summary of activities: Sampling lake sediment in Yukidori Ike
Event or project name/number: 59th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition

ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  141    Name:  Yukidori Valley, Langhovde, Lützow-Holm Bay (More Details)
Permit Number:
Number of people: Permitted to enter  6   That actually entered:  6
Permit Period: From:  25 Oct 2017   To:  25 Oct 2017
Purpose: Research
Summary of activities: Observing community structure in lake Yukidori Ike
Event or project name/number: 59th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition

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