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Antarctic Treaty
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Party: Sweden
2012/2013 Annual Information
Forward Plans
Scientific Information - Forward Plans
Science Plan/Program/Project: Ice Cube
Planned Operating Period: From     To 
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Cecilia Selberg
Job Title or Position: Environmental Officer
Phone: +46 70 344 92 42
Email: cecilia.selberg@polar.se
Details/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.
Link (URL): http://icecube.wisc.edu/
Additional Information:  
Discipline:
Areas of Activity
Science Plan/Program/Project: Movable Atmospheric Radar for Antarctica (MARA 2012/13)
Planned Operating Period: From     To 
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Cecilia Selberg
Job Title or Position: Environmental Officer
Phone: +46 70 344 92 42
Email: cecilia.selberg@polar.se
Details/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. 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. The MARA-project has now been moved to Troll, the Norwegian station where all measurements are carried out during the Austral Summer 2012-13.
Link (URL): http://www.irf.se/program/paf/?dbfile=MARA_AFP_IRF2&dbsec=IPY
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Science Plan/Program/Project: SWEDARP, Dronning Maud Land (2013/14)
Planned Operating Period: From     To 
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Cecilia Selberg
Job Title or Position: Environmental Officer
Phone: +46 70 344 92 42
Email: cecilia.selberg@polar.se
Details/Description: Carrying out 2013/2014
Link (URL): http://www.polar.se
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Science Plan/Program/Project: Winter Sea Ice - the Missing Ling in the Biogeochemical Cycle of Organo-Halogens in Polar Areas and Cycling of mercury species in Polar Regions - the role of sea ice and photo-chemical transformation processes (2013/2014).
Planned Operating Period: From     To 
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Cecilia Selberg
Job Title or Position: Environmental Officer
Phone: +46 70 344 92 42
Email: cecilia.selberg@polar.se
Details/Description: Five swedish scientists in cooperation with Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI). The scientists will participate in ANT-XXIX/6 June 8 - August 12, 2013. The vessel Polarstern will serve as the platform for this science cruise (2013/2014)
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Science Activities in Previous Year
Scientific Information - Science Activities in Previous Year
Project Name/Number: Amanda/IceCube
Discipline: The international particle physics IceCube project at the South Pole is a collaboration beween many countries including Sweden.
Principal Investigator: Per Olof Hulth, Stockholm University
Main Activity/ Remarks: South Pole Neutrino Detector
Link (URL): http://www.physto.se/~amanda/
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Operating Period: From:    To: 
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: Amundsen Sea Polynya International Research Expedition (ASPIRE): Patchiness and significance of microbial communities controlling the Southern Ocean carbon cycle
Discipline: The Swedish Antarctic research programme during the summer season of 2010/11 included the cruise Oden Southern Ocean (OSO) where Swedish and US scientists worked in marine projects on the icebreaker Oden. Detailed information about the scientific programmes can be obtained from the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat.
Principal Investigator: Stefan Bertilsson, Uppsala University
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL): http://www.polar.se
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Operating Period: From:    To: 
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Project Name/Number: Circulation of warm oceanic water and glacier melt water in the Amundsen Sea – Ross Sea shelf region, Western Antarctica
Discipline: The Swedish Antarctic research programme during the summer season of 2010/11 included the cruise Oden Southern Ocean (OSO) where Swedish and US scientists worked in marine projects on the icebreaker Oden. Detailed information about the scientific programmes can be obtained from the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat.
Principal Investigator: Göran Björk, University of Gothenburg
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL): http://www.polar.se
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Project Name/Number: Climate Change and predatory invasion of the Antarctic Marine Environment
Discipline: The Swedish Antarctic research programme during the summer season of 2010/11 included the cruise Oden Southern Ocean (OSO) where Swedish and US scientists worked in marine projects on the icebreaker Oden. Detailed information about the scientific programmes can be obtained from the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat.
Principal Investigator: Per Moksnes, University of Gothenburg
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL): http://www.polar.se
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Project Name/Number: Climate Change and predatory invasion of the Antarctic Marine Environment
Discipline: The Swedish Antarctic research programme during the summer season of 2010/11 included the cruise Oden Southern Ocean (OSO) where Swedish and US scientists worked in marine projects on the icebreaker Oden. Detailed information about the scientific programmes can be obtained from the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat.
Principal Investigator: Rebecca Dickhut, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL): http://www.polar.se
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Project Name/Number: Climate Change and Predatory Invasion of the Antarctic Marine Environment
Discipline: The Swedish Antarctic research programme during the summer season of 2010/11 included the cruise Oden Southern Ocean (OSO) where Swedish and US scientists worked in marine projects on the icebreaker Oden. Detailed information about the scientific programmes can be obtained from the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat.
Principal Investigator: Richard Aronson, Florida Institute of Technology and James McClintock, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL): http://www.polar.se
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Project Name/Number: Dynamics and evolution of epidemic diseases in Antarctic and Arctic seals
Discipline: The Swedish Antarctic research programme during the summer season of 2010/11 included the cruise Oden Southern Ocean (OSO) where Swedish and US scientists worked in marine projects on the icebreaker Oden. Detailed information about the scientific programmes can be obtained from the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat.
Principal Investigator: Tero Härkönen, The Swedish Museum of Natural History
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL): http://www.polar.se
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Project Name/Number: Inter-Related Biogeochemical Cycles of Halocarbons and Mercury in the Southern Ocean
Discipline: The Swedish Antarctic research programme during the summer season of 2010/11 included the cruise Oden Southern Ocean (OSO) where Swedish and US scientists worked in marine projects on the icebreaker Oden. Detailed information about the scientific programmes can be obtained from the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat.
Principal Investigator: Katarina Abrahamsson, University of Gothenburg
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL): http://www.polar.se
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Project Name/Number: Iodine isotopes (129I and 127I) and species (I- and IO3-) as ultra sensitive tracers of ocean circulation
Discipline: The Swedish Antarctic research programme during the summer season of 2010/11 included the cruise Oden Southern Ocean (OSO) where Swedish and US scientists worked in marine projects on the icebreaker Oden. Detailed information about the scientific programmes can be obtained from the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat.
Principal Investigator: Ala Aldahan, Uppsala University
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL): http://www.polar.se
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Project Name/Number: Iron speciation and lead in Amundsen Sea: Study of the relative importance of sea and glacial ice sources
Discipline: The Swedish Antarctic research programme during the summer season of 2010/11 included the cruise Oden Southern Ocean (OSO) where Swedish and US scientists worked in marine projects on the icebreaker Oden. Detailed information about the scientific programmes can be obtained from the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat.
Principal Investigator: Kuria Ndungu, Stockholm University
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL): http://www.polar.se
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Project Name/Number: Moveable Atmospheric Radar for Antarctica
Discipline: The Movable Atmospheric Radar of Antarctic project (MARA) taking place at the Finish research station Aboa. Detailed information can be obtained from the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, and for MARA: http://www.irf.se/program/afp/?dbfile=MARA_AFP_IRF2&dbsec=IPY
Principal Investigator: Sheila Kirkwood, Swedish Institute of Space Physics
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL): http://www.irf.se/program/afp/?dbfile=MARA_AFP_IRF2&dbsec=IPY
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Project Name/Number: Processes driving the CO2 system in sea ice and water in the climatically sensitive Amundsen and Ross Seas
Discipline: The Swedish Antarctic research programme during the summer season of 2010/11 included the cruise Oden Southern Ocean (OSO) where Swedish and US scientists worked in marine projects on the icebreaker Oden. Detailed information about the scientific programmes can be obtained from the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat.
Principal Investigator: Melissa Chierici, University of Gothenburg
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL): http://www.polar.se
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Project Name/Number: The Sea Ice System in Antarctic Summer
Discipline: The Swedish Antarctic research programme during the summer season of 2010/11 included the cruise Oden Southern Ocean (OSO) where Swedish and US scientists worked in marine projects on the icebreaker Oden. Detailed information about the scientific programmes can be obtained from the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat.
Principal Investigator: Kevin Arrigo, Stanford University
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL): http://www.polar.se
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Project Name/Number: The Sea Ice System in Antarctic Summer
Discipline: The Swedish Antarctic research programme during the summer season of 2010/11 included the cruise Oden Southern Ocean (OSO) where Swedish and US scientists worked in marine projects on the icebreaker Oden. Detailed information about the scientific programmes can be obtained from the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat.
Principal Investigator: Stephen Ackley, University of Texas at San Antonio
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL): http://www.polar.se
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Station Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Stations
Name: MARA - Moveable Atmospheric Radar for Antarctica
Type: Wintering
Location:
Site Name: Troll   Lat: 72º 01´ 00´´ S   Long: 2º 32´ 00´´ E  
Maximum Population:
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. 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. The MARA-project has now been moved to Troll, the Norwegian station where all measurements are carried out during the Austral Summer 2012-13.
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: 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: 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).
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: Occurence of antibiotic resistant enterobacteriace in different bird populations 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
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 Information - Contingency Plans
Title: Oil spill report
Scope/coverage of the plan: A paradrop of 198 drums in total were delivered by ALCI to Wasa and Aboa, one of the 25 pallets had a non-working parachute system. 4 drums a’ 200 litres heavily damaged, 750 litres spilled, no horizontal movement of the spill. As soon as the paradrop procedure was completed, the sanitizing process started. Most of the contaminated snow was digged up and placed on a big black plastic blanket. The aim was to melt the polluted snow and to place an absorbing mat on top of the contaminated melt water in order to absorbe the fuel. However, after about a week, the melting process was interrupted by bad weather. All material was brought back to the station Wasa, but the polluted snow is left, clearly marked with a stick and with coordinates taken. The snow has been contaminated in the area, although we tried to minimize the effects. We left the landing crater open in order to increase the evaporation.
Objective: Type 2 spill (> 200 liters) according to the contingency plan.
File: non-working parachute bilder.docx

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: IEE Dronning Maud Land (DML) 2012/13
Organization(s) responsible:
Activity: Science and logistics
Topics: - National Antarctic Programme
Locations: Site name: Wasa
Latitude: 73º03´S
Latitude: 13º25´W
Period/length of the activity:
Decision/Comment: Application granted

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)
No new information have been provided during the reported period.

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