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Party: Poland
2011/2012 Annual Information
Forward Plans
Scientific Information - Forward Plans
Science Plan/Program/Project: Climatological and glaciological interactions in the global warming conditions. Study on the SSSI No 8 (King George Island, West Antarctic) (National Science Centre – No 306 722540)
Planned Operating Period: From     To 
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Marek Kejna
Job Title or Position: Department of Climatology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń
Phone:
Email: marek.kejna@umk.pl
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Science Plan/Program/Project: Ecological monitoring - long-term bird and pinniped observation programme on King George Island
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Organisation: Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics PAS
Name: Małgorzata Korczak-Abshire
Job Title or Position: program coordinator
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Email: mka@ibb.waw
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Science Plan/Program/Project: Metagenomic, structural and functional characteristics of glacial environments microbiocenozes
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Name: Marek Zdanowski
Job Title or Position: Department of Antarctic Biology Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics Polish Academy of Sciences
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Email: m_zdanowski@yahoo.com
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Science Plan/Program/Project: The causes, course and consequences of the expansion of Poa annua L. in Western Antarctica, a multi-aspect population study
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Name: Katarzyna Chwedorzewska
Job Title or Position: Deptartment of Antarctic Biology Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics Polish Academy of Sciences
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Email: kchwedorzewska@o2.pl
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Science Activities in Previous Year
Scientific Information - Science Activities in Previous Year
Project Name/Number: Climatological and glaciological interactions in the global warming conditions. Study on the SSSI No 8 (King George Island, West Antarctic) (National Science Centre – No 306 722540)
Discipline: climatology, glaciology
Principal Investigator: Marek Kejna (Department of Climatology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland)
Main Activity/ Remarks: The aim is to study changes in atmosphere and glaciers at the Site of Special Scientific Interest No 8 (ASPA No 128) – King George Island, South Shetlands Islands, West Antarctica in order to improve our understanding of the dramatic climate change in this region. Key processes, links and interactions between atmosphere and glaciers are investigated. Climate change in the Antarctic Peninsula region has large impact on environment, especially on glaciers. Collection and analysis of data from field observations will allow better parametrization of processes and validation of models. Field research was concentrated on: meteorological measurements (solar radiation, air humidity, air pressure, wind direction and velocity, precipitation), measurements of snow accumulation and ablation (mass balance) on Ecology and Sphinx glaciers, and GPS mapping of glacial retreat.
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King George Island, South Shetland Islands
Project Name/Number: Ecological monitoring – long-term bird and pinniped observation programme on King George Island
Discipline: ecology
Principal Investigator: Małgorzata Korczak-Abshire (Department of Antarctic Biology, Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland)
Main Activity/ Remarks: To detect and record significant changes in critical biological components of the ecosystem a whole year programme to monitor breeding and non-breeding bird and pinniped species in the Antarctic Specially Protected Area (ASPA) 128 King George Island has been conducted over the past 34 years. Since 2007 monitoring programme on ASPA 151 King George Island was established by Poland and has been conducted during each Antarctic summer season. According to CCAMLR standard methods total numbers of nesting birds in colonies are recorded during their breeding seasons. Pinnipeds are counted in their breeding groups in spring and in resting and moulting areas during summer. Data serve as a basis for the conservation of the Antarctic marine living resources.
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King George Island, South Shetland Islands
Project Name/Number: Metagenomic, structural and functional characteristics of glacial environments microbiocenozes
Discipline: microbiology
Principal Investigator: Marek Zdanowski (Department of Antarctic Biology, Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Pland)
Main Activity/ Remarks: Research project was designed to define the structure of microbiocenosis in glacial environments. Generally, project focuses on the study of glaciers in Admiralty Bay (King George Island, Antarctica) and Hornsund (Spitsbergen, Arctic) areas. Ice and cryoconite samples were taken from different altitudes in the ablation zone of Ecology and Baranowski Glaciers (King George Island), where the glaciers lose ice as a result of melting, evaporation and sublimation. Samples were analyzed microbiologically in the laboratory at Arctowski Station, and than transported to Poland for further biochemical and molecular research.
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King George Island, South Shetland Islands

Station Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Stations
Name: Henryk Arctowski Station
Type: Wintering
Location:
Site Name: Admiralty Bay   Lat: 62º 09´ 41´´ S   Long: 58º 28´ 10´´ W  
Maximum Population: 35
Medical Facilities: Doctor, basic medical facilities usually available
Remarks / Description: “Arctowski” Polish Antarctic Station is located on a flat marine gravel terrace 6 m asl and ca 500 meters east of Point Thomas on the western shore of Admiralty Bay on King George Island. The area around the station is ice-free. The station consists of several buildings (living quarters, laboratories, warehouses, power plant, Tourist Information Centre, lighthouse). Fuel tanks (projected for 150 sqm) and the old main fuel tank (in renovation) are situated ca 700 m from the main building. The station is located within the Antarctic Specially Management Area No. 1.
Name: Demay
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Paradise Cove   Lat: 62°13´S   Long: 58°26´30´´W  
Accommodation Capacity:
Medical Facilities: field medical kit available during summer for emergency use
Remarks / Description: The refuge (wood hut) is situated on a flat marine gravel terrace in Paradise Cove between Demay Point and Uchatka Point, ca 10 km from “Arctowski” Station. The refuge can be reached both by Zodiac and by foot. It is located within the Antarctic Specially Protected Area No 128.
Name: Lions Rump
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: King George Bay   Lat: 62°06´S   Long: 58°05´W  
Accommodation Capacity: 4
Medical Facilities: field medical kit available during summer for emergency use
Remarks / Description: The refuge (wood hut) is situated on a flat marine gravel terrace on the western shore of King George Bay near Lions Rump (ca 35 km from Arctowski Station). The refuge ca be reached only by Zodiac. It is located near the boundry of the Antarctic Specially Protected Area No 151.

Vessels Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Vessels
Name: m/v “Polar Pioneer”
Country of Registry: Russian Federation
Number of Voyages: 2
Maximum Crew: 16
Remarks:
Depart. Date Depart. Port Arrival Date Arrival Port Areas of Operation Purpose
30 Oct 2011 Mar del Plata, República Argentina 12 Nov 2011 Ushuaia, República Argentina
06 Nov 2011 South Shetland Islands
logistic and scientific suppport
22 Mar 2012 Ushuaia, República Argentina 30 Mar 2012 Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
28 Mar 2012 South Shetland Islands
logistic and scientific suppport

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

Land-Based Operations
Operational Information - Non Governmental Expeditions - Land-Based Operations
No new information have been provided during the reported period.

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

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

Environmental Impact Assessment Report
Environmental Impact Assessment - Follow-up Activities Report
Conservation of Fauna and Flora Report
Environmental Information - Conservation of Fauna and Flora
Permit Number:
Permit Period: Date begin:  01 Nov 2011   Date end:  01 Mar 2012
Species: Pygoscelis adeliae
Location:
Site Name: ASPA No 151 Lions Rump, King George Island, South Shetland Islands   Lat:    Long:   
Action: Taking
Taking: Capture
Amount: 200
Purpose: census and observations
Removal or Disposal: No
Remarks: weighting of fledglings
Event or Project Name/Number: Ecological monitoring – long-term bird and pinniped observation programme on King Gorge Island

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:  128    Name:  Western shore of Admiralty Bay, King George Island, South Shetland Islands (More Details)
Permit Number:
Number of people: Permitted to enter  2   That actually entered:  2
Permit Period: From:  01 Nov 2011   To:  01 Mar 2012
Purpose: environmental monitoring, birds & pinnipeds census and observations
Summary of activities: pinniped census every 10 days, penguins’ and other birds’ nests census once during breeding season, recording of vagrant birds
Event or project name/number: Ecological monitoring – long-term bird and pinniped observation programme on King Gorge Island
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  128    Name:  Western shore of Admiralty Bay, King George Island, South Shetland Islands (More Details)
Permit Number:
Number of people: Permitted to enter  5   That actually entered:  5
Permit Period: From:  01 Nov 2011   To:  31 Mar 2012
Purpose: scientific – microbiology (collecting soil and ice samples)
Summary of activities: every 3-5 days collecting ice samples from transects situated in the ablation zone of Ecology and Baranowski Glaciers
Event or project name/number: Metagenomic, structural and functional characteristics of glacial environments microbiocenozes
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  128    Name:  Western shore of Admiralty Bay, King George Island, South Shetland Islands (More Details)
Permit Number:
Number of people: Permitted to enter  2   That actually entered:  2
Permit Period: From:  01 Jan 2012   To:  01 Mar 2012
Purpose: glacial monitoring, deployment and maintenance of microclimatic recording stations
Summary of activities: control of automatic meteorological stations (every week), ablation/accumulation and ice temperature measurements on the Ecology and Spinx glaciers (every 10 days), measuring of glacier front (GPS) once during summer season.
Event or project name/number: Climatological and glaciological interactions in the global warming conditions.
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  151    Name:  Lions Rump, King George Island, South Shetland Islands (More Details)
Permit Number:
Number of people: Permitted to enter  2   That actually entered:  2
Permit Period: From:  01 Nov 2011   To:  01 Mar 2012
Purpose: environmental monitoring, birds & pinnipeds census and observations
Summary of activities: pinniped census every 10 days, penguins’ and other birds’ nests census once during breeding season, fledglings weighting once during the season
Event or project name/number: Ecological monitoring – long-term bird and pinniped observation programme on King Gorge Island

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

Activities Undertaken in Cases of Emergencies Report
General Report