ATCM
Antarctic Treaty
Electronic Information Exchange System

Party: New Zealand
2017/2018 Annual Information
Forward Plans
Science Activities in Previous Year
Station Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Stations
Name: Scott Base
Type: Wintering
Location:
Site Name: Pram Point   Lat: 77°51´S   Long: 166°45´E  
Maximum Population: 85
Medical Facilities: Scott Base has a first aid facility. Advanced medical care is available at McMurdo Station (United States Antarctic Program)
Remarks / Description:
Name: Bratina Island Hut
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Bratina Island   Lat: 78°01´S   Long: 165°32´E  
Accommodation Capacity: 6
Medical Facilities: None
Remarks / Description: Near the northern tip of Brown Peninsula. 3 very small huts accommodate 6 persons max
Name: Cape Bird Hut
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Cape Bird   Lat: 77º 13´ 06´´ S   Long: 166º 26´ 10´´ E  
Accommodation Capacity: 8
Medical Facilities: Survival box on beach below hut (77°13'10"S 166°25'48"E)
Remarks / Description:
Name: Cape Evans Hut
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Cape Evans   Lat: 77º 38´ 18´´ S   Long: 166º 24´ 25´´ E  
Accommodation Capacity: 4
Medical Facilities: none
Remarks / Description: Cape Evans is on the west coast of Ross Island at the northern entrance to Erebus Bay. Accommodation capacity is for 4 people in 2 small huts.

Name: Cape Hallet
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Seabee Hook   Lat: 72º 19´ 00´´ S   Long: 170º 13´ 00´´ E  
Accommodation Capacity: 0
Medical Facilities: Survival Box
Remarks / Description: NOTE: all huts were removed during the 2003-04 season.
Name: Cape Roberts
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Cape Roberts   Lat: 77º 02´ 00´´ S   Long: 163º 12´ 00´´ E  
Accommodation Capacity: 4
Medical Facilities: Survival box
Remarks / Description: Situated on promontory on south east edge of Granite Harbour
Name: Cape Royds Hut
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Cape Royds   Lat: 72º 19´ 13´´ S   Long: 170º 13´ 34´´ E  
Accommodation Capacity: 2
Medical Facilities: Survival Box
Remarks / Description:
Name: Lake Vanda
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Wright Valley   Lat: 77°31´S   Long: 161°50´E  
Accommodation Capacity: 8
Medical Facilities: none
Remarks / Description: Wright Valley, near the mouth of the Onyx River

Name: Lower Wright Hut
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Wright Valley   Lat: 77°31´S   Long: 161°50´E  
Accommodation Capacity: 2
Medical Facilities: Survival box
Remarks / Description: NOTE: this hut's position is incorrect on both USCS 1:250 000 and 1:50 000 maps. It is located on the south side of Wright Valley, approximately 1 mile west of Wright Lower Glacier.

Vessels Report
Aircrat Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Aircraft
Type: Basler
Category: Intracontinental flights
Period From: 08/10/2017
Period To: 28/02/2018
Remarks: Estimated flight hours: 54 AntNZ crew
Type: Helicopter
Category: Local helicopter flights
Period From: 08/10/2017
Period To: 28/02/2018
Remarks: Estimated flight hours: 223
Type: Twin Otter
Category: Intracontinental flights
Period From: 08/10/2017
Period To: 28/02/2018
Remarks: Estimated flight hours: 227 USAP crew

Research Rockets Report
Military
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Military
Military personnel in expeditions: Joint operations with the Army, Airforce and Navy: COL (E) = 1; MAJ (E) = 3; CAPT (E) = 7; LT (E) = 6; WO (E) = 0; SSGT (E) = 1; SGT (E) = 9; CPL (E) = 18; LCPL (E) = 22; PTE (E) = 45 Total = 112
Number and Type of Armaments possessed by personnel: N/A
Number and Type of Armaments of ships and aircraft: N/A
Information and Location of Military Equipment in the AT Area: N/A

Vessel-Based Report
Operational Information - Non Governmental Expeditions - Vessel-Based Operations
Operator:
Name: Rodney Russ
Contact Address: Heritage Expeditions Ltd, PO Box 7218, Christchurch, New Zealand
Email Address: rodney@heritage-expeditions.com
Website Address:
Name of Vessel: Akademik Shokalskiy
Country of Registry: Russia
Number of Voyages:
Maximum Crew: 22
Maximum Passengers: 50
Remarks: 1 chartered cruise to Commonwealth Bay 1 tourist cruise to either Commonwealth Bay or Ross Sea region (depending on ice conditions)
Voyages:  
Depart. Date Depart. Port Arrival Date Arrival Port Expedition Leader
15 Dec 2017 Hobart 08 Jan 2018 Bluff Howard Whelan

Visited Sites:  View in Google Earth Map
Site Name: Denison, Cape Latitude: 67º 00´ 00´´ S Longitude: 142º 40´ 00´´ E
Visit Date23/12/2017
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors77
ActivitiesShip Cruise
Duration of landing
Site Name: Commonwealth Bay Latitude: 67°00´00´´S Longitude: 142°30´00´´E
Visit Date24/12/2017
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors77
ActivitiesShip Cruise
Duration of landing
Site Name: Commonwealth Bay Latitude: 67°00´00´´S Longitude: 142°30´00´´E
Visit Date25/12/2017
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors55
ActivitiesSmall Boat Cruising
Duration of landing
Site Name: North of Commonwealth Bay Latitude:  Longitude: 
Visit Date26/12/2017
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors55
ActivitiesIce Landing, Small Boat Cruising
Duration of landing<2 hours
Site Name: North of Commonwealth Bay Latitude:  Longitude: 
Visit Date28/12/2017
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors77
ActivitiesSmall Boat Cruising
Duration of landing
09 Jan 2018 Bluff 06 Feb 2018 Lyttelton Samuel Blanc

Visited Sites:  View in Google Earth Map
Site Name: Balleny Islands Latitude: 66°55´S Longitude: 163°20´E
Visit Date24/01/2018
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors79
Activities: Ship Cruise
Duration of landing
Site Name: Balleny Islands Latitude: 66°55´S Longitude: 163°20´E
Visit Date25/01/2018
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors79
Activities: Ship Cruise
Duration of landing
Site Name: Balleny Islands Latitude: 66°55´S Longitude: 163°20´E
Visit Date25/01/2018
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors54
Activities: Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing2 hours 15 min
Site Name: Cape Adare Latitude: 71º 18´ 00´´ S Longitude: 170º 27´ 00´´ E
Visit Date27/01/2018
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors53
Activities: Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing1 hour

Operator:
Name: Rodney Russ
Contact Address: Heritage Expeditions Ltd, PO Box 7218, Christchurch, New Zealand
Email Address: rodney@heritage-expeditions.com
Website Address:
Name of Vessel: Spirit of Enderby
Country of Registry: Russia
Number of Voyages:
Maximum Crew: 22
Maximum Passengers: 49
Remarks: 2 tourist cruises to Ross Sea region
Voyages:  
Depart. Date Depart. Port Arrival Date Arrival Port Expedition Leader
11 Jan 2018 Bluff 08 Feb 2018 Bluff Rodney Russ

Visited Sites:  View in Google Earth Map
Site Name: Cape Adare Latitude: 71º 17´ 00´´ S Longitude: 170º 14´ 00´´ W
Visit Date22/01/2018
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors57
ActivitiesSmall Boat Cruising
Duration of landing
Site Name: Ross Ice Shelf Latitude: 81°30´S Longitude: 175°00´W
Visit Date24/01/2018
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors57
ActivitiesShip Cruise
Duration of landing
Site Name: Cape Bird Latitude: 77º 09´ 44´´ S Longitude: 166º 42´ 04´´ E
Visit Date25/01/2018
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors55
ActivitiesSmall Boat Cruising
Duration of landing
Site Name: Cape Evans Latitude: 77º 38´ 18´´ S Longitude: 166º 24´ 25´´ E
Visit Date26/01/2018
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors62
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing6 hours
Site Name: McMurdo Sound Latitude: 77°30´S Longitude: 165°00´E
Visit Date27/01/2018
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors31
ActivitiesIce Landing
Duration of landing1 hour
Site Name: Cape Royds Latitude: 77º 32´ 36´´ S Longitude: 166º 08´ 37´´ E
Visit Date27/01/2018
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors55
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing4.5 hours
Site Name: Franklin Island Latitude: 76°05´S Longitude: 168°19´E
Visit Date28/01/2018
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors45
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing3.5 hours
Site Name: Ross Ice Shelf Latitude: 81°30´S Longitude: 175°00´W
Visit Date29/01/2018
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors57
ActivitiesShip Cruise
Duration of landing
Site Name: Balleny Islands Latitude: 66°55´S Longitude: 163°20´E
Visit Date01/02/2018
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors57
ActivitiesShip Cruise
Duration of landing
09 Feb 2018 Bluff 10 Mar 2018 Lyttleton Rodney Russ

Visited Sites:  View in Google Earth Map
Site Name: Balleny Islands Latitude: 66°55´S Longitude: 163°20´E
Visit Date27/02/2017
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors58
Activities: Ship Cruise
Duration of landing
Site Name: Ross Ice Shelf Latitude: 81°30´S Longitude: 175°00´W
Visit Date20/02/2018
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors58
Activities: Ship Cruise
Duration of landing
Site Name: Cape Bird Latitude: 77º 09´ 44´´ S Longitude: 166º 42´ 04´´ E
Visit Date20/02/2018
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors57
Activities: Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing3 hours
Site Name: Cape Evans Latitude: 77º 38´ 18´´ S Longitude: 166º 24´ 25´´ E
Visit Date21/02/2018
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors57
Activities: Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing5 hours
Site Name: McMurdo Sound Latitude: 77°30´S Longitude: 165°00´E
Visit Date21/02/2018
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors58
Activities: Ship Cruise
Duration of landing
Site Name: McMurdo Sound Latitude: 77°30´S Longitude: 165°00´E
Visit Date24/02/2018
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors50
Activities: Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing1.5 hours
Site Name: Cape Royds Latitude: 77º 32´ 36´´ S Longitude: 166º 08´ 37´´ E
Visit Date24/02/2018
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors54
Activities: Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing4 hours

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 Information - Environmental Impact Assessment (IEE/CEE List - Annex I)
Type: IEE
Title: Antarctica New Zealand IEE 2015-2019 Ammedment 2
Organization(s) responsible: Antarctica New Zealand
Activity: Ongoing operational support activities including station operation, transport, fuel and hazardous material management, waste management.
Topics: - Construction / operation of facilities
- Monitoring Programme
- National Antarctic Programme
- Waste management
Locations: Site name: Scott Base
Latitude: 77º 50´ 59´´ S
Latitude: 166º 45´ 46´´ E
Period/length of the activity: 1 September 2015 – 31 August 2019
Decision/Comment: The activities described in the IEE submitted are likely to have no more than a minor or transitory effect on the Antarctic environment and may be carried out, subject to Ministerial Directions.
Type: IEE
Title: Initial Environmental Evaluation 2016/17 - 2019/20 Antarctic Cruise Programmes
Organization(s) responsible: Heritage Expeditions
Activity: Cruise tourism
Topics: - Tourism
Locations: Site name: ASPA 155 Historic Hut, Cape Evans, Ross Island
Latitude:
Latitude:
Site name: ASPA 157 Cape Royds Historic Hut, Backdoor Bay, Ross Island
Latitude:
Latitude:
Site name: ASPA 162 Mawson’s Huts, Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, George V Land
Period/length of the activity: 2017 - 2020 (2 vessels for a period of 8 weeks each season)
Decision/Comment: Proceed - no more than a minor or transitory impact. Have requested regular updates at the end of each season and will review the suitability of the permit each year.
Type: IEE
Title: Initial Environmental Evaluation for the Ross Ice Shelf Programme 2016-2020
Organization(s) responsible: University of Otago
Activity: The programme involves hot water drilling through the ice shelf at two sites, to access the ocean and sub-glacial bed for observation and sampling.
Topics: - Science
Locations: Site name: Ross Ice Shelf HWD2
Latitude: 80º 40´ 12´´ S
Latitude: 174º 40´ 12´´ E
Site name: Siple Coast
Latitude: 82º 00´ 00´´ S
Latitude: 155º 00´ 00´´ W
Site name: Windless Bight, near McMurdo Station, Antarctica
Latitude:
Latitude:
Period/length of the activity: 1 October 2016 – 31 August 2020
Decision/Comment: The activities described in the Initial Environmental Evaluation (IEE) submitted for the “Ross Ice Shelf Programme 2016-2020” may be carried out, subject to Ministerial Directions. All Antarctic activities are to be carried out in accordance with the relevant Initial Environmental Evaluation and any subsequently agreed amendments.

Environmental Impact Assessment - Follow-up Activities Report
Conservation of Fauna and Flora Report
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:  105    Name:  Beaufort Island, McMurdo Sound, Ross Sea (More Details)
Permit Number: AntNZ IEE 2015-19
Number of people: Permitted to enter  3   That actually entered:  0
Permit Period: From:  01 Sep 2015   To:  30 Sep 2019
Purpose: Helicopter support; aerial penguin census; environmental management
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Antarctica New Zealand Operations
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  106    Name:  Cape Hallett, Northern Victoria Land, Ross Sea (More Details)
Permit Number: AntNZ IEE 2015-2019
Number of people: Permitted to enter  6   That actually entered:  4
Permit Period: From:  01 Sep 2015   To:  30 Sep 2019
Purpose: Helicopter support; Aerial penguin census; Environmental monitoring; AWS maintenance and dowloading
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Antarctica New Zealand Operations
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  106    Name:  Cape Hallett, Northern Victoria Land, Ross Sea (More Details)
Permit Number: K812-1718-B
Number of people: Permitted to enter  4   That actually entered:  4
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: A scientific collaboration between key New Zealand research agencies and the Korean Polar Research Institute to investigate the impacts of a warming global climate on Antarctica. This research will underpin New Zealand and Korean aspirations under the Antarctic Treaty and associated Committee on Environmental Protection and Commission for the Conservation of Marine Living Resources. We propose to develop three new strands of research building on areas of mutual interest identified by a bilateral focal point programme: 1) Ecosystem Monitoring in northern Victoria Land; 2) Ice-ocean interaction beneath floating ice shelves and tongues; and 3) Understanding ice sheet and Southern Ocean response to past global warming events. The research is important to New Zealand because it will address question of vulnerability of Antarctica and its ecosystems as the globe warms as well as the flow on effects to lower latitude oceans and climate, particularly New Zealand. It will also help underpin New Zealand's aspiration to establish and maintain a Marine Protected Area in the Ross Sea. The collaborative research programme will draw together logistical resources between the New Zealand and Korean Antarctic programmes and provide a platform for joint analysis of data and samples, scientist exchange between home laboratories and on field expeditions, and joint supervision of graduate students.
Summary of activities: Soil, moss, lichen sampling
Event or project name/number: K812-1718-B
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  116    Name:  New College Valley, Caughley Beach, Cape Bird, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: AntNZ IEE 2015-2019
Number of people: Permitted to enter  3   That actually entered:  10
Permit Period: From:  01 Sep 2015   To:  30 Sep 2019
Purpose: Science support and management ; Environmental monitoring; Operational tasks
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Antarctica New Zealand Operations

ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  121    Name:  Cape Royds, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: AntNZ IEE 2015-2019
Number of people: Permitted to enter  5   That actually entered:  5
Permit Period: From:  01 Sep 2015   To:  30 Sep 2019
Purpose: Science support and management; Event support; Adelie penguin census
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Antarctica New Zealand Operations
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  122    Name:  Arrival Heights, Hut Point Peninsula, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: AntNZ IEE 2015-2019
Number of people: Permitted to enter  150   That actually entered:  40
Permit Period: From:  01 Sep 2015   To:  30 Sep 2019
Purpose: Science support and management; Monitoring; Science support; Maintenance
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Antarctica New Zealand Operations
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  122    Name:  Arrival Heights, Hut Point Peninsula, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: K055-1718-A
Number of people: Permitted to enter  3   That actually entered:  2
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: To investigate the Antarctic atmosphere's response to natural and man-made factors which change climate, and the feedback in the atmosphere which couple the different atmospheric regions. Objectives is to maintain and upgrade the Scott Base MF radar.
Summary of activities: Work associated with calibration and maintenance of MF radar inside Arrival Heights laboratory and maintenance of the antenna array across the vicinity of the Arrival Heights ASPA.
Event or project name/number: K055-1718-A
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  122    Name:  Arrival Heights, Hut Point Peninsula, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: K060-1718-A
Number of people: Permitted to enter  2   That actually entered:  2
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: This project provides a better understanding of the volatility of near-Earth space, a plasma region populated by ionised gas embedded in the geomagnetic field. One example of the solar variability to lower atmosphere linkage comes from solar-induced energetic particle precipitation leading to ozone losses in the upper stratosphere; experimental observations show increased ozone losses occurring during the polar winter and caused by solar-generated events, particularly dramatic explosions on the Sun and aurora. Objectives: 1 - Gather up all data from PC (12 months of recordings), including high resolution data. Return this data to NZ 2 - Examine condition of receiver, ensure OK. undertake maintenance/replacement for any problem areas. 3 - Undertake yearly calibration 4 - Investigate noise sources and any changes that have occurred over the last year 5 - Deliver any additional spares required.
Summary of activities: We installed a passive radio receiver (the AARDDVARK/WWLLN VLF receiver) during event K069a in December 2008. It consists of a mast to hold up two perpendicular loop antenna, a pre-amplifier box at the base of the mast, a cable running from this box to the Arrival Heights laboratory, where there are a small collection of electronics plus a computer to do the logging. The experiment has been near continuously returning radio wave measurements since its installation. We have had no significant issues since (aided by our yearly visits to collect data and undertake maintenance). Assuming this system continues to operate (as it has to date), our visit will have the following goals. 1. examine the existing equipment for wear and tear, especially the parts of the antenna and mast subject to mechanical forces in the high winds. 2. repair or replace any parts which have been damaged or weakened. This has been necessary in previous seasons. 3. remove high time resolution data which cannot be sent back to NZ using the existing network connections (due to band width limitations). 4. calibrate the antenna 5. Undertake local surveys of electromagnetic noise – try and understand local sources.
Event or project name/number: K060-1718-A

ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  122    Name:  Arrival Heights, Hut Point Peninsula, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: K085-1718-A
Number of people: Permitted to enter  6   That actually entered:  6
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: The Antarctic atmosphere is an important and unique part of the global climate system. Within the K085 activity, we measure atmospheric trace gases and radiation at two remote sites, Arrival Heights and Scott Base, which are exposed to minimal local anthropogenic pollution but do experience large-scale global change. The goal of NIWA’s research is to improve understanding of how Antarctic atmospheric chemistry drives and responds to global climate change. To this end, it is associated with the Deep South National Science Challenge. Research topics include: ozone depletion and recovery, greenhouse gas measurements, seaice/ atmosphere trace gas interactions, and hemispheric transport and mixing of atmospheric constituents. We measure atmospheric composition throughout the year using ground-based remote sensing instruments and surface in-situ air samples. In addition to these in-house research activities the measurements are used by the international scientific community to validate global climate - chemistry models and in satellite validation campaigns.
Summary of activities: We operate eight atmospheric remote sensing and sampling instruments at the Arrival Heights Laboratory. The majority of these instruments are automated therefore visits are required only for monitoring of equipment for correct operation, calibration checks and transfer of data. However, three of the instruments are manually operated and can only make measurements when people are there. In addition to the regular/daily visits to make and monitor measurements by the Antarctica New Zealand technicians, several visits each year are required by K085 team members for maintenance and calibration and sometimes the upgrades of equipment.
Event or project name/number: K085-1718-A
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  122    Name:  Arrival Heights, Hut Point Peninsula, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: K089-1718-A
Number of people: Permitted to enter  1   That actually entered:  1
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: The goal of this programme is to obtain a high-quality continuous climate record for Scott Base and Arrival Heights in Antarctica, and archive it in NIWA’s publicly accessible climate database. Scott Base is one of 47 reference climate stations for the New Zealand region managed by NIWA, and climate observations (wind speed and direction, air temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, global solar radiation, diffuse solar radiation and direct solar radiation) are recorded there daily. This climate record began in 1957 and is one of the longest continuous records in Antarctica. Wind speed and direction, air temperature, relative humidity and global solar radiation are also recorded at Arrival Heights. The measurements are needed for characterising the local climate and state of the environment, identifying climate variations and changes, and in research on climate-sensitive processes and ecosystems. This programme also includes measurements from the sea level recorder installed at Scott Base.
Summary of activities: Annual service and calibration of weather station based alongside the Arrival Heights laboratory.
Event or project name/number: K089-1718-A
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  122    Name:  Arrival Heights, Hut Point Peninsula, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: K220-1718-A
Number of people: Permitted to enter  20   That actually entered:  0
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: The Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies (PCAS) is a 15 week multi-disciplinary programme that critically examines contemporary scientific, environmental, social and political debates focused on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Jointly developed by the University of Canterbury and Antarctica New Zealand, this is the only programme in the world to take students to experience life at Scott Base and at a field campsite on the Ross Ice Shelf.
Summary of activities: Educational instruction and familiarisation
Event or project name/number: K220-1718-A
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  124    Name:  Cape Crozier, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: AntNZ IEE 2015-2019
Number of people: Permitted to enter  9   That actually entered:  4
Permit Period: From:  01 Sep 2015   To:  30 Sep 2019
Purpose: Science support and management; Helicopter support; Aerial penguin census; Environmental monitoring; SAR cache check
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Antarctica New Zealand Operations

ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  124    Name:  Cape Crozier, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: K175-1718-A
Number of people: Permitted to enter  5   That actually entered:  4
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: AHT -Invited Visitor Programme To show case the Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project to AHT IV’s
Summary of activities: Site inspection
Event or project name/number: K175-1718-A
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  131    Name:  Canada Glacier, Lake Fryxell, Taylor Valley, Victoria Land (More Details)
Permit Number: AntNZ IEE 2015-2019
Number of people: Permitted to enter  5   That actually entered:  0
Permit Period: From:  01 Sep 2015   To:  30 Sep 2019
Purpose: Science support and management; Helicopter support; Environmental inspection
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Antarctica New Zealand Operations
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  131    Name:  Canada Glacier, Lake Fryxell, Taylor Valley, Victoria Land (More Details)
Permit Number: K020-1718-A
Number of people: Permitted to enter  4   That actually entered:  4
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: This research aims to deliver objective-based planning and management tools for the McMurdo Dry valleys of Antarctica (MDV) to ensure that New Zealand remains the international leader of environmental management and sustainable operational polices. The project’s foundations will be a comprehensive understanding of the resilience and sensitivity of MDV habitats to human impacts and invasive species. This understanding will be gained through rigorous field work, laboratory analyses and ecological modelling. The information will be spatially explicit for direct integration into an interactive GIS framework that will map and predict biodiversity, productivity, and sensitivities to impact and invasion across the entire MDV region. Specific information will be obtained on the legacy of previous human impacts and effects of remediation.
Summary of activities: Surveying of phototrophic biomass using UAS and limited sampling for molecular analyses
Event or project name/number: K020-1718-A
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  131    Name:  Canada Glacier, Lake Fryxell, Taylor Valley, Victoria Land (More Details)
Permit Number: K080-1718-C
Number of people: Permitted to enter  5   That actually entered:  0
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: This proposal represents an integrated, cross-disciplinary investigation of the resilience of Antarctic ecosystems from terrestrial, through inland aquatic, to near-shore marine habitats. The proposal aims to merge observations on environment, organisms, and communities with data on functional aspects that are likely to change in response to warming-induced impacts on water/ice dynamics. We will take advantage of strong environmental gradients and use surveys and short-term field and laboratory manipulation experiments to gain insights into properties that we expect will underpin the longer-term resilience of Antarctic ecosystems facing shifting climate baselines.
Summary of activities: Sampling and physiological measurements of lichens, springtails, mosses and hypolithic communities.
Event or project name/number: K080-1718-C

ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  131    Name:  Canada Glacier, Lake Fryxell, Taylor Valley, Victoria Land (More Details)
Permit Number: K500-1718-A
Number of people: Permitted to enter  4   That actually entered:  4
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: Environmental management in the Dry Valleys - Application of UAVs
Summary of activities: Placing ground markers to support UAV survey. Conducting UAV survey. Taking small moss samples for identification purposes. Investigation into a camp site location immediately outside the ASPA for future use will also occur. This would reduce the biosecurity risk of camping within the ASPA will also allowing more efficient work output due to the close location in comparison to the Lake Fryxell Camp Facilities Zone - the nearest campsite outside the ASPA.
Event or project name/number: K500-1718-A
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  138    Name:  Linnaeus Terrace, Asgard Range, Victoria Land (More Details)
Permit Number: AntNZ IEE 2015-2019
Number of people: Permitted to enter  2   That actually entered:  0
Permit Period: From:  01 Sep 2015   To:  30 Sep 2019
Purpose: Science support and management; Helicopter support
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Antarctica New Zealand Operations
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  154    Name:  Botany Bay, Cape Geology, Victoria Land (More Details)
Permit Number: AntNZ IEE 2015-2019
Number of people: Permitted to enter  3   That actually entered:  4
Permit Period: From:  01 Sep 2015   To:  30 Sep 2019
Purpose: Science support and management; Event support; Environmental inspection
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: AntNZ IEE 2015-2019
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  154    Name:  Botany Bay, Cape Geology, Victoria Land (More Details)
Permit Number: K080-1718-C
Number of people: Permitted to enter  5   That actually entered:  0
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: This proposal represents an integrated, cross-disciplinary investigation of the resilience of Antarctic ecosystems from terrestrial, through inland aquatic, to near-shore marine habitats. The proposal aims to merge observations on environment, organisms, and communities with data on functional aspects that are likely to change in response to warming-induced impacts on water/ice dynamics. We will take advantage of strong environmental gradients and use surveys and short-term field and laboratory manipulation experiments to gain insights into properties that we expect will underpin the longer-term resilience of Antarctic ecosystems facing shifting climate baselines.
Summary of activities: Sampling and physiological measurements of lichens, springtails, mosses and hypolithic and soil microbial communities.
Event or project name/number: K080-1718-C

ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  154    Name:  Botany Bay, Cape Geology, Victoria Land (More Details)
Permit Number: K500-1718-A
Number of people: Permitted to enter  4   That actually entered:  4
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: Environmental management in the Dry Valleys - Application of UAVs
Summary of activities: Placing ground markers to support UAV survey. Conducting UAV survey. Taking small moss samples for identification purposes.
Event or project name/number: K500-1718-A
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  155    Name:  Cape Evans, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: AntNZ IEE 2015-2019
Number of people: Permitted to enter  250   That actually entered:  153
Permit Period: From:  01 Sep 2015   To:  30 Sep 2019
Purpose: Science support and management; Familiarisation/education; Event support; Environmental inspection
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Antarctica New Zealand Operations
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  155    Name:  Cape Evans, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: K150-1718-A
Number of people: Permitted to enter  3   That actually entered:  0
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: The goal of the event is to support the ongoing operation of the tide gauges at Scott Base and Cape Roberts and by calibrating them to verify the accuracy and quality of the data that these two sites generate. The event will measure absolute gravity on existing marks at Scott Base, McMurdo Station and Crater Hill. The monitoring programme of the historic huts conserved by the Antarctic Heritage Trust (AHT) will be continued, along with other surveying tasks in the vicinity of Scott Base for Antarctica New Zealand.
Summary of activities: Monitoring survey is to aid with the preservation of the hut. Management plan requirements will be followed. Survey will utilise existing marks installed on and around hut.
Event or project name/number: K150-1718-A
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  155    Name:  Cape Evans, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: K170-1718-A
Number of people: Permitted to enter  6   That actually entered:  5
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: Aims of the Antarctic Heritage Trust (AHT): To further the conservation, including the restoration, preservation, and protection of the historic huts and historic sites, and the artefacts associated with these places. Educating and inspiring people through the legacy of the world’s greatest adventures. Specifically to implement the inspection and maintenance programmes for the historic sites within the Ross Sea Region.
Summary of activities: To undertake the annual snow removal and monitoring and maintenance programmes.
Event or project name/number: K170-1718-A

ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  155    Name:  Cape Evans, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: K175-1718-A
Number of people: Permitted to enter  5   That actually entered:  4
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: AHT -Invited Visitor Programme To show case the Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project to AHT IV’s
Summary of activities: Visit the historic location and base with the aim to profile the heritage significance of the site, and to inspect and monitor the conservation work undertaken by the Trust.
Event or project name/number: K175-1718-A
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  155    Name:  Cape Evans, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: K220-1718-A
Number of people: Permitted to enter  20   That actually entered:  0
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: The Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies (PCAS) is a 15 week multi-disciplinary programme that critically examines contemporary scientific, environmental, social and political debates focused on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Jointly developed by the University of Canterbury and Antarctica New Zealand, this is the only programme in the world to take students to experience life at Scott Base and at a field campsite on the Ross Ice Shelf.
Summary of activities: Educational instruction and familiarisation
Event or project name/number: K220-1718-A
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  157    Name:  Backdoor Bay, Cape Royds, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: AntNZ IEE 2015-2019
Number of people: Permitted to enter  200   That actually entered:  94
Permit Period: From:  01 Sep 2015   To:  30 Sep 2019
Purpose: Science support and management; Familiarisation/education; Event support; Environmental inspection
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Antarctica New Zealand Operations
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  157    Name:  Backdoor Bay, Cape Royds, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: K150-1718-A
Number of people: Permitted to enter  3   That actually entered:  0
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: The goal of the event is to support the ongoing operation of the tide gauges at Scott Base and Cape Roberts and by calibrating them to verify the accuracy and quality of the data that these two sites generate. The event will measure absolute gravity on existing marks at Scott Base, McMurdo Station and Crater Hill. The monitoring programme of the historic huts conserved by the Antarctic Heritage Trust (AHT) will be continued, along with other surveying tasks in the vicinity of Scott Base for Antarctica New Zealand.
Summary of activities: Monitoring survey is to aid with the preservation of the hut. Management plan requirements will be followed. Survey will utilise existing marks installed on and around hut.
Event or project name/number: K150-1718-A

ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  157    Name:  Backdoor Bay, Cape Royds, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: K170-1718-A
Number of people: Permitted to enter  6   That actually entered:  5
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: Aims of the Antarctic Heritage Trust (AHT): To further the conservation, including the restoration, preservation, and protection of the historic huts and historic sites, and the artefacts associated with these places. Educating and inspiring people through the legacy of the world’s greatest adventures. Specifically to implement the inspection and maintenance programmes for the historic sites within the Ross Sea Region.
Summary of activities: To undertake the annual Cape Royds snow removal and maintenance and monitoring programme.
Event or project name/number: K170-1718-A
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  157    Name:  Backdoor Bay, Cape Royds, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: K175-1718-A
Number of people: Permitted to enter  5   That actually entered:  4
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: To show case the Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project to AHT IV’s
Summary of activities: Visit the historic location and base with the aim to profile the heritage significance of the site, and to inspect and monitor the conservation work undertaken by the Trust.
Event or project name/number: K175-1718-A
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  157    Name:  Backdoor Bay, Cape Royds, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: K220-1718-A
Number of people: Permitted to enter  20   That actually entered:  0
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: The Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies (PCAS) is a 15 week multi-disciplinary programme that critically examines contemporary scientific, environmental, social and political debates focused on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Jointly developed by the University of Canterbury and Antarctica New Zealand, this is the only programme in the world to take students to experience life at Scott Base and at a field campsite on the Ross Ice Shelf.
Summary of activities: Educational instruction and familiarisation
Event or project name/number: K220-1718-A
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  158    Name:  Hut Point, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: AntNZ IEE 2015-2019
Number of people: Permitted to enter  350   That actually entered:  176
Permit Period: From:  01 Sep 2015   To:  30 Sep 2019
Purpose: Science support and management; Familiarisation/education; Event support; Environmental inspection
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Antarctica New Zealand Operations

ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  158    Name:  Hut Point, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: K150-1718-A
Number of people: Permitted to enter  3   That actually entered:  2
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: The goal of the event is to support the ongoing operation of the tide gauges at Scott Base and Cape Roberts and by calibrating them to verify the accuracy and quality of the data that these two sites generate. The event will measure absolute gravity on existing marks at Scott Base, McMurdo Station and Crater Hill. The monitoring programme of the historic huts conserved by the Antarctic Heritage Trust (AHT) will be continued, along with other surveying tasks in the vicinity of Scott Base for Antarctica New Zealand.
Summary of activities: Monitoring survey is to aid with the preservation of the hut. Management plan requirements will be followed. Survey will utilise existing marks installed on and around hut.
Event or project name/number: K150-1718-A
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  158    Name:  Hut Point, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: K170-1718-A
Number of people: Permitted to enter  6   That actually entered:  6
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: Aims of the Antarctic Heritage Trust (AHT): To further the conservation, including the restoration, preservation, and protection of the historic huts and historic sites, and the artefacts associated with these places. Educating and inspiring people through the legacy of the world’s greatest adventures. Specifically to implement the inspection and maintenance programmes for the historic sites within the Ross Sea Region.
Summary of activities: To conduct the annual snow and monitoring and maintenance programme.
Event or project name/number: K170-1718-A
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  158    Name:  Hut Point, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: K175-1718-A
Number of people: Permitted to enter  5   That actually entered:  3
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: To show case the Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project to AHT IV’s
Summary of activities: Visit the historic location and base with the aim to profile the heritage significance of the site, and to inspect and monitor the conservation work undertaken by the Trust.
Event or project name/number: K175-1718-A
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  158    Name:  Hut Point, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: K220-1718-A
Number of people: Permitted to enter  20   That actually entered:  18
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: The Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies (PCAS) is a 15 week multi-disciplinary programme that critically examines contemporary scientific, environmental, social and political debates focused on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Jointly developed by the University of Canterbury and Antarctica New Zealand, this is the only programme in the world to take students to experience life at Scott Base and at a field campsite on the Ross Ice Shelf.
Summary of activities: Educational instruction and familiarisation
Event or project name/number: K220-1718-A

ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  158    Name:  Hut Point, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: K500-1718-A
Number of people: Permitted to enter  4   That actually entered:  2
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: Environmental management in the Dry Valleys - Application of UAVs
Summary of activities: Placing ground markers to support UAV survey. Conducting UAV survey. Taking small moss samples for identification purposes. Investigation into a camp site location immediately outside the ASPA for future use will also occur. This would reduce the biosecurity risk of camping within the ASPA will also allowing more efficient work output due to the close location in comparison to the Lake Fryxell Camp Facilities Zone - the nearest campsite outside the ASPA.
Event or project name/number: K500-1718-A
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  159    Name:  Cape Adare, Borchgrevink Coast (More Details)
Permit Number: AntNZ IEE 2015-2019
Number of people: Permitted to enter  5   That actually entered:  2
Permit Period: From:  01 Sep 2015   To:  30 Sep 2019
Purpose: Science support and management; Aerial penguin census; Event support
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Antarctica New Zealand Operations
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  159    Name:  Cape Adare, Borchgrevink Coast (More Details)
Permit Number: K812-1718-B
Number of people: Permitted to enter  4   That actually entered:  4
Permit Period: From:  01 Oct 2017   To:  29 Sep 2018
Purpose: A scientific collaboration between key New Zealand research agencies and the Korean Polar Research Institute to investigate the impacts of a warming global climate on Antarctica. This research will underpin New Zealand and Korean aspirations under the Antarctic Treaty and associated Committee on Environmental Protection and Commission for the Conservation of Marine Living Resources. We propose to develop three new strands of research building on areas of mutual interest identified by a bilateral focal point programme: 1) Ecosystem Monitoring in northern Victoria Land; 2) Ice-ocean interaction beneath floating ice shelves and tongues; and 3) Understanding ice sheet and Southern Ocean response to past global warming events. The research is important to New Zealand because it will address question of vulnerability of Antarctica and its ecosystems as the globe warms as well as the flow on effects to lower latitude oceans and climate, particularly New Zealand. It will also help underpin New Zealand's aspiration to establish and maintain a Marine Protected Area in the Ross Sea. The collaborative research programme will draw together logistical resources between the New Zealand and Korean Antarctic programmes and provide a platform for joint analysis of data and samples, scientist exchange between home laboratories and on field expeditions, and joint supervision of graduate students.
Summary of activities: Service Weather Station and down load RH/TEMP sensors in hut for AHT
Event or project name/number: K812-1718-B
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  165    Name:  Edmonson Point, Wood Bay, Ross Sea  (More Details)
Permit Number: AntNZ IEE 2015-2019
Number of people: Permitted to enter  0   That actually entered:  0
Permit Period: From:  01 Sep 2015   To:  30 Sep 2019
Purpose: Aerial penguin census
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Antarctica New Zealand Operations

ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  175    Name:  High Altitude Geothermal sites of the Ross Sea region (More Details)
Permit Number: AntNZ IEE 2015-2019
Number of people: Permitted to enter  3   That actually entered:  0
Permit Period: From:  01 Sep 2015   To:  30 Sep 2019
Purpose: Science support and management; Environmental inspection
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Antarctica New Zealand Operations

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