ATCM
Antarctic Treaty
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Party: Sweden
2016/2017 Annual Information
Forward Plans
Scientific Information - Forward Plans
Science Plan/Program/Project: MAGIC
Planned Operating Period: From  30 Nov 2017   To  10 Feb 2018
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: Magic-DML is an international research collaboration, with scientists in Sweden, the USA, Norway, the UK and Germany. The focus of our work is to reconstruct the glacial history of a sector of the East Antarctic Ice sheet (EAIS) in Dronning Maud Land. We will use the data from this ice sheet reconstruction to test and improve our ice sheet model. In essence, we are using the nunataks as 'dip-sticks' to study how the ice sheet has thinned in response to changes in the climate.
Link (URL): https://www.magicdml.com/
Additional Information:  
Discipline: Geology
Areas of Activity

Science Activities in Previous Year
Scientific Information - Science Activities in Previous Year
Project Name/Number: MAGIC
Discipline: Geology
Principal Investigator: Ph.D. Arjen Stroeven
Main Activity/ Remarks: Magic-DML is an international research collaboration, with scientists in Sweden, the USA, Norway, the UK and Germany. The focus of our work is to reconstruct the glacial history of a sector of the East Antarctic Ice sheet (EAIS) in Dronning Maud Land. We will use the data from this ice sheet reconstruction to test and improve our ice sheet model. In essence, we are using the nunataks as 'dip-sticks' to study how the ice sheet has thinned in response to changes in the climate.
Link (URL): https://www.magicdml.com/
Additional Information:  
Operating Period: From:  15 Dec 2016   To:  03 Mar 2017
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: Measuring the changes in the ocean’s capacity to absorb CO2 (ACE)
Discipline: Palaeoclimatology
Principal Investigator: Ph.D. Dominic A. Hodgson
Main Activity/ Remarks: Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) is the first research expedition of the Swiss Polar Institute. The expedition is divided into three legs and the route goes around the entire Antarctic continent. One Swedish participant is participating from Punta Arenas to Cape Town measuring the changes in the ocean’s capacity to absorb CO2. About the research Project: More than one quarter of the CO2 in the atmosphere is absorbed by the oceans. The Southern Ocean accounts for around 40%, but according to some models, the capacity of the Southern Ocean to absorb CO2 has been limited by an increase in the strength of the Southern Hemisphere westerly winds. The winds draw CO2 saturated waters back to the surface, which potentially will drive up atmospheric greenhouse gases and accelerate rates of global warming. Reconstructing past changes in the Southern Hemisphere westerly winds makes it possible to learn more about their impact on the oceanic CO2 sink. The researchers will collect sediment samples from lakes and bogs on the west coasts of sub-Antarctic islands, for example South Georgia. By analysing the samples for wind-driven aerosols and other proxies, it’s possible to determine the changes in the strength of the westerly winds over the Southern Ocean during the last 12,000 years. The data can be used in global climate models to test if past changes in the Southern Hemisphere westerly winds explain past variations in atmospheric CO2.
Link (URL): http://polarforskningsportalen.se/en/antarctica/expeditions/ace
Additional Information:  
Operating Period: From:  20 Feb 2017   To:  25 Mar 2017
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: Methane and Carbon Dioxide Measurements in the Ross Sea (PIPERS)
Discipline: Ocean-Ice-Atmosphere
Principal Investigator: Patrick Crill, Brett Thornton
Main Activity/ Remarks: Researchers from Stockholm University have been invited to participate in the Polynyas, ice production, and seasonal evolution in the Ross Sea (PIPERS) expedition on board the U.S. icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer. A polynya is an area of open water surrounded by sea ice. The water remains open because of processes that prevent sea ice from forming or that quickly move sea ice out of the region. The PIPERS expedition will undertake a study of the Ross Sea Polynya, Terra Nova Bay Polynya and adjacent sea ice regions in Antarctica. The aim of the expedition is to investigate the winter atmosphere-ocean-sea ice interaction in the western Ross Sea. Researchers from Stockholm University will contribute measuring equipment to the Belgian research project Isotopic Investigation of Greenhouse Gases in Polar Regions: An Ocean-Ice-Atmosphere Continuum (ISOGGAP). The project is led by researchers from Université libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. During the expedition, the researchers will make continuous measurements of methane and carbon dioxide in the near-surface atmosphere. Similar measurements have previously been made in the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas during research expeditions on board the Swedish icebreaker Oden. The data from the expedition will allow a first look at sea-atmosphere fluxes of these greenhouse gases in Antarctica. Combining our measurements with other measurements during the expedition, will allow the determination of sea-atmosphere fluxes of methane and carbon dioxide during late autumn conditions in the Ross Sea.
Link (URL): http://polarforskningsportalen.se/en/antarctica/expeditions/matningar-av-metan-och-koldioxid-rosshavet
Additional Information:  
Operating Period: From:    To: 
Areas of Operation

Station Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Stations
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.
Operating Period: From: December To: February
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.
Operating Period: From: December To: February

Vessels Report
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 Information - Environmental Impact Assessment (IEE/CEE List - Annex I)
Type: IEE
Title: MAGIC - DML 2016-17 (Measuring, mapping and modelling Antarctic geomorphology and ice change in Dronning Maud Land)
Organization(s) responsible:
Activity: Land based geological sampling inom DML area.
Topics: - Drilling (ice/rock)
- Field camp
- National Antarctic Programme
- Science
- Site management/remediation
- Waste management
Locations: Site name: Depot MAGIC - DML
Latitude: 72º 57´ 00´´ S
Latitude: 09º 40´ 00´´ W
Site name: Neumayer III: 5 kilometres south of the Neumayer II
Latitude: 70°41´S
Latitude: 8°18´W
Site name: Svea
Latitude: 74º34´S
Latitude: 11º13´W
Site name: Troll, Dronn
Period/length of the activity:
Decision/Comment: The environmental impact is likely to be less than minor or transitory, at most.

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.

General Report