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Party: Belgium
2008/2009 Annual Information
Forward Plans
Science Activities in Previous Year
Scientific Information - Science Activities in Previous Year
Project Name/Number: BELATMOS
Discipline: Monitoring of Ozone and Related Trace Gases, UV Radiation and Aerosol Particles in Support of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Research
Principal Investigator: Mangold Alexander Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium Avenue Circulaire 3 Ringlaan 1180 Brussels tel: + 32 2 373 05 93 alexander.mangold@oma.be http://www.irm-kmi.be
Main Activity/ Remarks: The objective of the project is to contribute to the long-term monitoring of the chemical and particle composition of the Antarctic atmosphere and to the quantification of the UV radiation reaching the surface, using a suite of complementary ground-based instruments. The proposed instruments include as primary instruments an aethalometer, a CIMEL spectrophotometer, a Tapered Element Oscillating Microbalance (TEOM), a nephelometer and a set of three pyranometers (UV-A, UV-B and total solar radiation).
Link (URL): http://belatmos.blogspot.com
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Project Name/Number: BELDIVA
Discipline: Microbiology - Belgian microbial diversity project in Antarctica
Principal Investigator: Wim Vyverman Ghent University Department of Biology Krijgslaan 281 S8 - 9000 Gent Wim.Vyverman@UGent.be Phone: +32 9 264 85 01 - Fax 09 264 85 99 www.PAE.UGent.be
Main Activity/ Remarks: BELDIVA is aimed at sampling representative habitats (potentially) containing microorganisms in an area of 200 km around the Belgian Princess Elisabeth Base (PES), Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica. The specific objectives can be articulated as follows: 1. Conduct an exploratory field campaign in an area of c. 50 km around Utsteinen during the Austral summer of 2008-2009. 2. Develop a relational database which will be integrated with national and international data repository centres. 3. Select potentially interesting sites and habitats based on an in-depth analysis of satellite and LIDAR images, and aerial pictures in an area of 200 km. 4. Organise and conduct a field campaign to sample the selected sites during the Austral summer of 2009-2010. 5. To verify the distribution in representative samples from the field campaigns of bacterial and cyanobacterial taxa selected during the AMBIO project, and study the diversity of algae, lichens and microarthropods (Arthropoda, Hexapoda, Collembola) of the family Isotomidae. . 6. To integrate findings on microbial taxa distribution with results from AMBIO. 7. To obtain a first description of pristine areas and assess their significance and originality. This information can be used to describe new ASPAs in the region, or select sites for future research.
Link (URL): http://antarcticabelgium.blogspot.com/
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Project Name/Number: BELISSIMA
Discipline: Glaciology - BELgian Ice Sheet-Shelf Ice Measurements in Antarctica
Principal Investigator: Dr. Frank Pattyn Laboratoire de Glaciologie Polaire Département des Sciences de la Terre et de l'Environnement (DSTE) Université Libre de Bruxelles, CP 160/03 Avenue F.D. Roosevelt, 50 B-1050 Bruxelles (Belgium) Tel: +32 (0)2 650 28 46 / +32 (0)2 650 22 27 (secr.) Fax: +32 (0)2 650 22 26 email: fpattyn@ulb.ac.be http://homepages.ulb.ac.be/~fpattyn http://dev.ulb.ac.be/glaciol/index.htm
Main Activity/ Remarks: This project will investigate the deglaciation history and grounding line stability in coastal Dronning Maud Land (DML) using field evidence from a small ice rise at 71°S, 24°E. The observational goals of the project are to: 1) measure spatial variations of ice thickness and stratigraphy using radar 2) constrain current ice flow with GPS survey 3) drill an ice core in crevasse-rift near the grounding line, to sample the “ice mélange” (mixture of blown snow, fallen ice blocks, marine ice and eventually sea ice) including marine ice in order to 1) a) define the stability of these ice rises through radar layer analysis in combination with ice sheet / ice shelf modeling 2) b) define a new rheology for marine ice near grounding lines to be included in ice sheet models
Link (URL): http://ulbonice.blogspot.com
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Project Name/Number: GIANT-LISSA
Discipline: Geodesy for Ice in ANTarctica -Lithospheric and Intraplate Structure and Seismicity in Antarctica
Principal Investigator: Thierry Camelbeeck Royal Observatory of Belgium Geodynamics and Earth Rotation avenue circulaire, 3 BE-1180 Brussels tel: + 32 2 / 373 0252 fax: + 32 2 / 373 0339 thierry.camelbeeck@oma.be
Main Activity/ Remarks: GIANT: Combine GPS and absolute gravity measurements to evaluate the mass balance of the Antarctic Ice sheet, in the vicinity of the Belgian station. Installation of two continuously operating GPS stations on the bedrock at the Princess Elisabeth Antarctic Station. In order to derive reliable surface movements the GPS data will be analysed in a dedicated manner, taking into account the location of the Station and the extreme ionospheric conditions. Annual absolute gravity measurements at the station are necessary to separate the lithospheric movements induced by the post-glacial adjustment and by the present day ice changes. Given the noise affecting the absolute gravity measurements and the ground deformations deduced from GPS measurements, we expect to extract useful information on the mass balance in a radius of 500 km around the station within 7 years. LISSA: Installation of a broad-band seismic station at the Belgian station in Antarctica. It will complete the coverage of seismic stations in Antarctica and help to better understand intra-plate seismic activity and the lithospheric structure around the Belgian station site by the modelling of receiver functions from teleseismic events.
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Project Name/Number: HYDRANT
Discipline: The atmospheric branch of the HYDRological cycle in ANTarctica
Principal Investigator: Nicole van Lipzig Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences K.U.Leuven - Geo-instituut Celestijnenlaan 200E, P.O.Box 02409 B-3001 Heverlee, Belgium tel: +32 16 32 64 53 or +32 16 32 78 00 (secretary) fax: +32 16 32 29 80 Nicole.VanLipzig@ees.kuleuven.be
Main Activity/ Remarks: To understand the current and future evolution of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheet, an in-depth knowledge of the surface mass balance (SMB) of these ice sheets (sum of precipitation, sublimation, run-off and snowdrift) is essential. Regional atmospheric models have proven to be suitable tools for studying the SMB. The first objective of this project is to contribute to a better insight into the current evolution of the SMB of the ice sheet. For this, the regional atmospheric climate model RACMO/ANT2 (Van den Berg et al. (2006) will be used. Primary instruments will be installed are an Automatic Weather Station, a ceilometer and an infrared thermometer.
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Station Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Stations
Name: Princess Elisabeth
Type: Summer
Location:
Site Name: Utsteinen   Lat: 71º 57´ 00´´ S   Long: 23º 20´ 00´´ E  
Maximum Population: 20
Medical Facilities:
Remarks / Description:
Operating Period: From: November 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: PRELIMINARY ENVIRONMENTAL EVALUATION, FOR ANTARCTIC ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT BY THE BELGIAN ANTARCTIC RESEARCH EXPEDITION, BELARE 2008-09
Organization(s) responsible: the International Polar Foundation (IPF)
Activity: Construction: BELARE 2008-2009
Topics: - Construction / operation of facilities
- Field camp
- Science
Locations: Site name: Utsteinen
Latitude: 71º 57´ 00´´ S
Latitude: 23º 20´ 00´´ E
Period/length of the activity:
Decision/Comment: Proceed - No more than a minor or transitory impact

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