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Party: Sweden
2012/2013 Pre-Season Information
Station Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Stations
Name: South Pole station
Type: Wintering
Location:
Site Name: Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station   Lat: 89°59´51´´S   Long: 139°16´22´´E  
Maximum Population:
Medical Facilities:
Remarks / Description: Sweden is part of the international IceCube particle detector program at the South Pole, currently run by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sweden has been involved in the construction and science since the start of the AMANDA program.
Name: DML 2012/13
Type: Summer
Location:
Site Name: Wasa Research Station   Lat: 73º 03´ 00´´ S   Long: 13º 25´ 00´´ W  
Maximum Population: 5
Medical Facilities: A medical doctor will be stationed at Aboa station, in collaboration with Finland.
Remarks / Description: The Dronning Maud Land (DML) 2012/13 expedition, which will consist of five team members, and will last from 22nd November to 29th of January 2013.During rotation to and from Wasa research station transportation will be made by aeroplane. The team will fly from Cape Town, South Africa to the Russian station Novolazarevskaya, change aircrafts and fly further on to Wasa. On the way back to South Africa the team will fly via the Norwegian station Troll, change aircrafts and head for the final destination, Cape Town. Wasa will be closed during a traverse to Neumayer station. A rotation of team members will take place in Neymayer, one logistic personnel will fly out and one scientist is coming in. This year’s expedition main tasks are: • Paradrop with fuel to Wasa and Aboa station • Carry out a traverse from Wasa to Neumayer transporting out waste from Antarctic and transporting equipment from Neumayer back to Wasa • Give logistic support to the Biological and Monitoring Projects within DML, SWEDARP 2012/13 http://www.polar.se/sites/default/files/polar/IEE%20DML%202012-13.pdf
Operating Period: From: November To: January
Name: MARA 2012/13
Type: Summer
Location:
Site Name: Troll   Lat: 72º 01´ 00´´ S   Long: 2º 32´ 00´´ E  
Maximum Population: 2
Medical Facilities:
Remarks / Description: MARA - Moveable Atmospheric Radar for Antarctica. Professor Sheila Kirkwood from the Atmospheric Physics group at Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) set up MARA at Nordenskiöldbasen during SWEDARP 2006/07 but have now moved to Troll station. The science addressed with the radar includes: • Understanding processes related to aerosol-particles and waves in the polar middle atmosphere by testing theories based on measurements in the Arctic against observations in the distinctly different conditions over Antarctica. • Understanding the origin and development of tropospheric aerosol particles in the ’clean’ air of the Antarctic in comparison with the polluted air of the Arctic. The radar will contribute to accurate back-trajectory calculations for aerosol particles arriving at the measuring site, which are studied by scientists from the Finnish meteorological Institute. • Improving understanding of the meteorological disturbances which determine weather conditions at Nordenskiöldbasen and neighbouring Antarctic stations. More information on the project is available at: http://www.irf.se/program/afp/?dbfile=MARA_AFP_IRF2&dbsec=IPY
Operating Period: From: November To: February
Name: Svea
Type: Summer
Location:
Site Name: Svea   Lat: 74º 35´ 00´´ S   Long: 11º 13´ 00´´ W  
Maximum Population: 4
Medical Facilities: First Aid Kit
Remarks / Description: The Svea Research Station was built during the 1987/88 Antarctic Expedition, and was the first Swedish research station in Antarctica built since the Maudheim Station in 1949 and the Snow Hill Station in 1901. During the season 2011/12 Svea will not be manned.
Operating Period: From: November To: January

Name: Wasa
Type: Summer
Location:
Site Name: Wasa   Lat: 73°30´00´´S   Long: 13°25´12´´W  
Maximum Population: 16
Medical Facilities: First Aid Kit
Remarks / Description: Swedish research station Basen in the N part of Vestfjella, Maudheimvidda. Established 1989 during SWEDARP 1988-89. During the season 2011/12 Wasa will not be manned due to maintenance.
Operating Period: From: November To: January
Name: Cost Energy analysis concerning the ALCI flights (2012/2013)
Type: Other
Location:
Site Name: Novolazarevskaja, nauchnaja stancija /SSSR/   Lat: 70°46´S   Long: 11°50´E  
Medical Facilities:
Remarks / Description: One staff from SPRS is visit Antarctica 8 -10 of Februari. Flying to and from Antarctica with ALCI IL-76 and a Twin Otter whithin Antarctica.
Name: Paleogene Mammals from Seymour Island, Antarctica
Type: Other
Location:
Site Name: Seymour Island   Lat: 64º 17´ 00´´ S   Long: 56º 45´ 00´´ W  
Medical Facilities:
Remarks / Description: Paleogene La Meseta Formation on Seymour Island is of immense scientific interest because it has produced the only fossil mammals of Antarctica. The goal of this project is to explore rock sections for new mammal fossils (2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013).

Vessels Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Vessels
Name: Ocean Diamond
Country of Registry: Nassau, Bahamas
Number of Voyages: 0
Maximum Crew: 144
Maximum Passengers: 189
Remarks: Occurance of antibiotic resitant enterobacteriace in different bird population in Antarctica Previous studies have shown that opportunistic feeders as gulls easily become carriers of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Preliminary results from Kelp Gulls roosting near Ushuaia shows very high levels of newly introduced antibiotic resistant genes that are causing much problem in medical care. To explore the role of the environment as a reservoire of resistance genes and if migrating birds are contibuting to the spread of antibiotic resistance this project will focus on bird populations that migrate between areas with high and low levels of antibiotic resistance. With the recent finding of high levels of antibiotic resistant bacteria in bird populations close to the Antarctic peninsula and South Georgia it is particularly urgent to perform such studies. The study will be performed in November 2012 during a cruise with the Quark Expeditions vessel Ocean Diamond, visiting the Falklands, South Georgia and South Shetland Islands. This is part of a series of studies by the research group, focused on antibacterial resistance and disease in Arctic and Antarctic bird populations. The participants will be travelling on the vessel Ocean Diamond. The cruise is organized by Quark Expeditions. The visit to Antarctica is planned between 2-23 November 2012. http://www.quarkexpeditions.com/our-ships/ocean-diamond http://www.exodus.co.uk/polar-expeditions/polar-fleet/ocean-diamond

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
Area Protection and Management Report
Environmental Information - Area Protection and Management
No new information have been provided during the reported period.
Aircrat Report
General Report