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2012/2013 Annual Information
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Discipline: recherches sur la distribution en mers polaires des « niveaux trophiques supérieurs » - oiseaux et mammifères marins.
Principal Investigator: Diederik D’Hert, Raphaël Lebrun, Dominique Verbelen du Laboratory for Polar Ecology - PolE- Ramillies, Belgique en collaboration avec Institut Alfred Wegener (D)
Main Activity/ Remarks: Les recherche consiste à établir la distribution quantitative des oiseaux et mammifères en mer - y compris et principalement dans la banquise -, d’approfondir les mécanismes qui régissent cette distribution : masses d’eau, fronts, limite de banquise, banquise, et d’en suivre l’évolution dans le temps, avec une attention particulière pour une possible réponse à des changements climatiques. La méthodologie est l’observation directe depuis la passerelle (« transect counts » sans limitation de largeur, sur base continue lorsque les conditions de lumière et de visibilité le permettent), complétées par des observations depuis le nid de pie et lors de vols d’hélicoptère. Cette recherche n’implique aucun prélèvement, marin ni terrestre, et n’a donc aucun impact environnemental.
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Operating Period: From:  18 Nov 2012   To:  18 Jan 2013
Areas of Operation
Neumayer Station
Project Name/Number: AWI - (part of GEAII project)
Discipline: Geophysical investigation
Principal Investigator: Dhr Daniel Steinhage Alfred-Wegener-Institut fÜr Polar- und Meeresforschung Am Alten Hafen 26 27568 Bremerhaven daniel.steinhage@awi.de
Main Activity/ Remarks: AWI project with Station support. An 8 man team from AWI will carry out an airborne survey of the Sor Rondane Area from the Polar 6 Aircraft, which will be based at Princess Elisabeth station. They are part of the on-going geophysical investigation of the surrounding area, as part of the Gondwanaland GEAII project.
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Operating Period: From:  19 Nov 2012   To:  12 Dec 2012
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: BE:WISE
Discipline: Glaciology
Principal Investigator: Dhr Reinhard Drews Laboratoire de Glaciologie Université Libre de Bruxelles, CP 160/03 50, Avenue F.D. Roosevelt 1050 Bruxelles Belgium
Main Activity/ Remarks: The Be:Wise project aims to improve understanding of ice-shelf flow dynamics by focusing on the buttressing role of ice rises and pinning points – small offshore mountains which support Antarctic ice shelves from underneath. The project will study the flow dynamics of the Roi Baudouin ice-shelf, which buttresses ice flow from East-Antarctica’s ice sheet. The project is expected to provide important insights into the rapid fluctuations of historical ice discharges, and provide data for improving capacity of ice-flow models, in order to better forecast the balance of the Antarctic ice sheet mass balance in a warming world. The project consists of two four-week long field campaigns on the Roi Baudouin ice shelf during two Antarctic seasons, starting in November 2012, where Be:Wise will examine the ice-dynamical role of grounded features, which are enclosed by the ice shelf, and which buttress the ice flow from the East-Antarctic ice sheet. Since almost three quarters of the Antarctic ice sheet boundary is in contact with the ocean, this case study is expected to contribute to the overall understanding of the Antarctic mass balance. The Roi Baudouin ice shelf is confined by two ice rises with a local flow regime, and two pinning-points with a width of only a few kilometres; the latter seems to define the seaward edge of the ice shelf and impact ice-flow in the hinterland. The project aims to investigate the connection between the flow-dynamics of the ice shelf with the locally grounded counterparts, by combining satellite remote sensing with on-site ground-penetrating radar and GPS measurements. The project also envisages geophysical parameters such as strain-rates, internal ice properties, surface velocities and characteristics of the bedrock interface. Preliminary studies indicate that the pinning-points of the Roi Baudouin ice shelf become partially afloat during high tide. Therefore, satellite images can be analysed which directly measure the effect of a de- and re-attachment from an ice shelf to a pinning point. This, and the proximity to the Princess Elisabeth station which enables on-site field measurements, make the Roi Baudouin ice shelf a unique field site for a case study, as it delivers important insight into the operation of the buttressing effect. Larger-scale effect of ice-shelf buttressing, in terms of grounding-line migration and/or in terms of controlling the mass flux from the grounded ice sheet, are not fully understood. However, since the contact area between the ice shelf and local highs in bedrock elevation is susceptible to changing ocean characteristics, it is important to quantify this buttressing effect, in order to evaluate whether or not it is a key to understand rapid (~ centennial ) variations in ice-sheet geometry. Since the ice-sheet mass balance is tightly linked to the overall sea level, this will help to better explain sea-level variations in the past and eventually contribute to forecasting the sea level rise in a warming world.
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Operating Period: From:  22 Nov 2012   To:  22 Dec 2012
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: BELATMOS
Discipline: Meteorology 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: PROJECT DESCRIPTION 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). OPERATIONS IN 2012-2013: Maintenance of already installed instruments-Reinstallation of instruments on station’s roof-reinstallation of the nephelometer and the condensatiob particle couter in southern shelter-new installation of sensors for total solar irradiation and uv-A and uv-B irradiation;
Link (URL): http://belatmos.blogspot.com
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Operating Period: From:  22 Nov 2012   To:  20 Dec 2012
Areas of Operation

Project Name/Number: BELDIVA
Discipline: Biology Microbiology - Belgian microbial diversity project in Antarctica
Principal Investigator: Elie Verleyen Department of Biology - Protistology and Aquatic Ecology Ghent University Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 25, 9000 Gent Belgium tel.: +32 9-264.85.04 fax: +32 9-264.85.99 e-maim: elie.verleyen@ugent.be
Main Activity/ Remarks: PROJECT DESCRIPTION: 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. OPERATIONS IN 2012-2013: Replacement of temperature and humidity loggers in OTCs + sampling of microbial communities. Sampling biotopes for microbiological studies. Measuring microclimatic conditions and sampling microbial and moss communities.
Link (URL): http://antarcticabelgium.blogspot.com/
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Operating Period: From:  07 Dec 2012   To:  20 Dec 2012
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: campagne océanographique ANT-XXIX/3 organisée par l’Alfred Wegener Institute of Polar and Marine Research
Discipline: Ecology and physical oceanography
Principal Investigator: M. Cédric d’Udekem d’Acoz (I.R.Sc.N.B.), Mme Chantal De Ridder (ULB), M. Pilippe Dubois (ULB), Mme Freja Hauquier (UGent) et Mme Marie Verheye (I.R.Sc.N.B.) dans le cadre de la campagne océanographique ANT-XXIX/3 organisée par l’Alfred Wegener Institute of Polar and Marine Research
Main Activity/ Remarks: Un des objectifs majeurs de l’expédition est le suivi et l’analyse des processus de colonisation des fonds marins libérés par la dislocation des plateformes glaciaires Larsen à l’est de la Péninsule antarctique. Les prélèvements seront très limités et ponctuels et ne doivent avoir qu’un impact minime ou transitoire sur l’environnement antarctique. Activités prévues: • Echantillonnage de crustacés amphipodes à l’aide de nasses appâtées, d’un petit chalut Agassiz, et d’une petite drague (dite « Rauschert Dredge » de 50cm de large) • Prélèvement d’échantillons d’ADN sur le matériel récolté et photographie des spécimens
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Operating Period: From:  20 Jan 2013   To:  19 Mar 2013
Areas of Operation
Larsen Ice Shelf
Project Name/Number: GIANT/ LISSA
Discipline: Geomorphology, Glaciology 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: PROJECT DESCRIPTION: 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. OPERATIONS IN 2012-2013: The University of Luxembourg has one scientist from the GIANT/ LISSA project on site to install and test a seismometer between the 7st and the 21st of February 2013. A scientist from the ETHZ in Zurich will install two weather stations
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Operating Period: From:  07 Feb 2013   To:  21 Feb 2013
Areas of Operation
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 PROJECT DESCRIPTION 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. OPERATIONS IN 2012-2013: (no scientists) -check and maintenance of the cloud and precipitation instruments after the winter; -repairs on the instruments damaged during the winter; -cloud and precipitation measurements during the summer season; -set up of the cloud and precipitation instruments for automatic winter operation.
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Project Name/Number: ICECON
Discipline: Glaciology
Principal Investigator: Prof. dr. Frank Pattyn Laboratoire de Glaciologie Département des Sciences de la Terre et de l'Environnement (DSTE) Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), CP 160/03 Avenue F.D. Roosevelt, B-1050 Bruxelles Belgium email: fpattyn@ulb.ac.be Tel: +32 (0)2 650 28 46 / +32 (0)2 650 22 27 (secr.) Fax: +32 (0)2 650 22 26
Main Activity/ Remarks: PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Knowledge of past ice volumes are important, since the ice sheet is still reacting to what happened in the past, especially since the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), roughly 18,000 years ago, when the Antarctic ice sheet was significantly bigger. The study will provide local data for fine tuning and modifying large-scale ice sheet models. IceCon’s main hypothesis is that the LGM ice sheet volume in Dronning Maud Land was not as big as previously predicted by large-scale ice sheet models, although it advances further towards the coast. Less grounded ice during the LGM implies less ice loss during deglaciation (the process of mass loss between LGM and now), making it difficult to associate a historical event – “meltwater pulse 1A” to the Antarctic ice sheet. Meltwater pulse 1A was rise of around 20m in sea levels that took place during a 500-year period, some 14,200 years ago. The freshwater source for this pulse remains controversial, but understanding its source is important to understand its effects on oceanography and climate, and because it provides a potential analogue for rapid ice sheet deglaciation now, and in the future. Some researchers place the pulse in the Northern Hemisphere, while others advocate that this important ice loss stemmed from the Antarctic ice sheet. Understanding the past changes in ice sheet volume in Dronning Maud Land will definitely improve our understanding of future changes of the ice sheet in this area. OPERATIONS IN 2012-2013: During the 2012-2013 BELARE season, the IceCon team will install two geodetic GPS systems that will run all-year long. This puts serious constraints on power, so they will rely on batteries powered by solar panels and wind turbines. One of the geodetic GPS systems will be set up on Seal, a small nunatak in the vicinity of Romnoesfjellet. The purpose of the GPS systems is to monitor, over a four-year period, vertical changes of the lithosphere in response to the unloading of the ice due to post-glacial rebound. This will give IceCon insight into the volume of ice present in this sector of Antarctica’s Dronning Maud Land during the Last Glacial Maximum. This information is essential for constraining models of Glacial Isostatic Adjustment (GIA), which form the basis of the interpretation of the GRACE satellite signal. One GPS system will also be deployed on Derwael ice rise. Understanding the dynamics of this ice rise will help understanding the deglaciation history as well. Ice rises are climate dipsticks that may tell us a lot on how the ice sheet behaved over the last thousands of years. By means of ice radar profiling and ice core drilling it is hoped to tie the ice dynamics of this area to the rest of the ice sheet
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Project Name/Number: LGGE GLACIOCLIM SAMBA
Discipline: Glaciology
Principal Investigator: Christian Vincent (CNRS) and Patrick Wagnon (IRD) Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement (LGGE) 54 Rue Molière - BP 96 38 402 Saint Martin d'Hères Cedex - FRANCE Tel.: +33 (0) 4 76 82 42 00 - Fax.: +33 (0) 4 76 82 42 01 http://www.lgge.obs.ujf-grenoble.fr
Main Activity/ Remarks: The GLACIOCLIM SurfAce Mass Balance of Antarctica (GLACIOCLIM-SAMBA) observatory is part of the GLACIOCLIM Glaciers Observatory, a French observation system to monitor the surface mass balance of various glaciers in the world and understand how it relates to climate variability and change. Short description of the work to be performed: Snow accumulation on 180km transec and snow density profiles for the LGGE GLACIOCLIM project
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Operating Period: From:  11 Feb 2013   To:  13 Feb 2013
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: MICROMETA
Discipline: Search for micrometeorites 07/12/2011 – 20/12/2012
Principal Investigator: Dhr Steven Goderis Postdoctoral researcher FWO Vrije Universiteit Brussel Earth System Science Dept. of Geology Pleinlaan 2 (Building F, 8th floor, room 55) BE-1050 Brussels, Belgium Universiteit Gent Dept. of Analytical Chemistry Krijgslaan 281 - S12 (1st floor, room 40.12.110.015) BE-9000 Gent, Belgium Tel +32/26291480 (VUB) or +32/92644827 (UGent) Email Steven.Goderis[at]vub.ac.be
Main Activity/ Remarks: Of all the material reaching Earth from space (30,000 to 40,000 metric ton/year), only a small part will survive the heating and shock experienced upon entry in the atmosphere. The large majority of this material rains on Earth in the form of rounded extraterrestrial particles less than 2 mm in size, known as micrometeorites. Although meteorites in general provide us with essential information on the origin and evolution of the planets and the Solar System, micrometeorites that originate from the most primitive objects still remaining in the Solar System raise an even higher scientific interest. However, the difficulties in collecting and analyzing micrometeorites hampered routine research so far. Two developments have changed this situation in recent years. The analytical possibilities to minimize the required amount of material for isotope analyses have significantly improved. Powerful isotope tracers (such as for example 53Mn-53Cr, 146Sm-142Nd, and 182Hf-182W) can shed light on the terrestrial planets’ accretion rate, on the timing of core formation and the evolution of the mantle and crust, while stable isotopes of lighter elements (O, Mg, Si, Fe, Cu, Zn) can provide important information on the source of the micrometeorites and on the processes they underwent in space. Secondly, only a few years ago huge quantities of very well preserved micrometeorites of various sizes and types were recovered in cracks of eroded granitic nunataks in the Frontier Mountains of Victoria Land in Antarctica, where they most likely accumulated for close to 1 million year. In these collections, the largest size fraction of more than 1 mm is very well represented and makes it possible for the very first time to carry out high precision isotope measurements. Combining these research developments and the existing Belgian cosmochemical capabilities with the unique location of the PE station in an area expected to yield important accumulations of micrometeorites in cracks, crevices, joints or fractures of the neighboring lithologies, the emerging field of micrometeorites is a complementary addition to the existing meteorite program, and will give to Belgium a prominent role in the meteoritics and planetary science field, with collaborations worldwide.
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Operating Period: From:  07 Dec 2012   To:  20 Dec 2012
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: SAMBA
Discipline: Planetary Science search for Antarctic meteorites07/12/2011 – 07/02/2012
Principal Investigator: Prof. Philippe Claeys Vrije Universiteit Brussel Geology Department DGLG-WE-VUB Pleinlaan 2 - 1050 Brussels Belgium Telephone: + 32 2 629 33 94 Mobile: + 32 474 840 013 Fax: + 32 2 629 33 91 Email: phclaeys@vub.ac.be URL: http://we.vub.ac.be/~dglg/ + JARE- JOINT METEORITE EXPEDITION SAMBA (NIPR - JAPAN) Contact: Naoya IMAE
Main Activity/ Remarks: The goal of this proposal is to recover meteorites from the ice fields near the newly established base. The Belgian base is in an absolutely ideal location for the search of meteorites, as several blue ice fields are present at close proximity. The recovered meteorites will be studied with the aim to document important planetary processes such as: - The origin and frequency of projectiles that have impacted the Earth throughout geological times based on platinum group element ratios in meteorites and comparison with terrestrial craters. - Evolution of the parent body by the reconstruction of the processes of magmatic differentiation and shock metamorphism using detailed petrology and in-situ laser ablation isotopic ratios of small mineral phases (such as Pb, Sr by Multi-Cup Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry at new inter-university facility of the U of Ghent, KULeuven and VUB). - Early Solar System chronology using the 53Mn-53Cr isotope system on selected groups of meteorites.
Link (URL): http://we.vub.ac.be/~dglg/
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Operating Period: From:  07 Dec 2012   To:  07 Jan 2013
Areas of Operation

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: 42
Medical Facilities: Mobile unit equipment from the Belgian Army. 800kg of medical equipment and supplies. Dedicated container converted into clinic. Medical personnel: 2 Number of patient beds: 1
Remarks / Description: Princess Elisabeth is constructed as a compact station. The main building - designed for optimal use by 12 people with a surface area (living, technical, research, storage) of 900 m² - is located above ground-level and anchored onto snow-free rock area. A garage and storage building constructed under the snow in the lee side of the ridge provides room for around 30 additional beds and people. There are a few satellite units (containers) located nearby the station, providing shelter for eg. scientific activities. The station is built to utilize renewable energy as the primary energy source with the minimum use of fossil fuels. Energy production: The station is equipped with 9 wind turbines, with a capacity of 54 kW. In addition solar photovoltaic panels (9 kW, 90 m2) and solar thermal panels (20 kW, 200 m2) are installed. The photovoltaic system will be capable of providing up to 10% of the electrical load and thereby reducing the number of batteries required. Energy consumption: The station has a comprehensive energy management regime. An ingenious energy monitoring and control system which steers the different processes in the building according to demand, and keeps energy use coordinated to energy supply has been installed. In addition technologies reducing consumption are present, such as use of low energy-use equipment, “presence detector” systems for unoccupied rooms, etc. Heating and water production and storage: The station has solar thermal panels installed which are used to heat the thermal buffer. The excess heat is used to melt snow and heat sanitary water. Zero emission policy: The systems described above allow the station to be close to a zero emission station. Back-up generators have been installed to ensure a constant energy supply. It is currently expected that the generators will be used maximum 200 hours per season. However, fuel will be used for vehicles and transport, and the estimated fuel consumption (polar diesel, petrol, Jet A-1) per season is at approx 400 drums. All fuel is currently stored in 200 liter drums. Transport and production is not accounted for in this zero emission framework, but the daily operation of the station would entail near zero emission. Waste management: Water is recycled several times before the treated water finally is discharged into a nearby ice pit. All other waste is sorted, stored in a shipping container and returned to Cape Town for recycling and proper disposal.
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
Operator:
Name: LATITUDE OCEANE SPRL
Contact Address: 40 RUE NYSTEN, B-4000 LIEGE
Email Address: info@vaihere.com
Website Address: http://www.vaihere.com
Name of Vessel: Vaihéré
Country of Registry: Belgium
Number of Voyages:
Maximum Crew: 4
Maximum Passengers: 10
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Voyages:  
Depart. Date Depart. Port Arrival Date Arrival Port Expedition Leader
12 Dec 2012 Ushuaia 05 Jan 2013 Ushuaia

Visited Sites:  View in Google Earth Map
Site Name: Melchior Islands Latitude: 64°19´S Longitude: 62°57´W
Visit Date19/12/2012
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Jougla Point Latitude: 64º 50´ 00´´ S Longitude: 63º 30´ 00´´ W
Visit Date20/12/2012
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Goudier Island Latitude: 64º 50´ 00´´ S Longitude: 63º 30´ 00´´ W
Visit Date21/12/2012
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesStation Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Damoy Point Latitude: 64º 49´ 00´´ S Longitude: 63º 32´ 00´´ W
Visit Date21/12/2012
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activitieswalking
Duration of landing
Site Name: Lemaire Channel Latitude: 65°04´S Longitude: 63°57´W
Visit Date22/12/2012
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
Activities
Duration of landing
Site Name: Peltier Channel Latitude: 64°52´S Longitude: 63°32´W
Visit Date22/12/2012
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
Activities
Duration of landing
Site Name: Port Charcot Latitude: 65º 04´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 00´ 00´´ W
Visit Date23/12/2012
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Ile Pleneau Latitude:  Longitude: 
Visit Date23/12/2012
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Hovgaard Island Latitude: 65°08´S Longitude: 64°08´W
Visit Date24/12/2012
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Vernadsky station Latitude: 65º 15´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 15´ 00´´ W
Visit Date24/12/2012
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesStation Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Waterboat Point Latitude: 64°49´S Longitude: 62°51´W
Visit Date25/12/2012
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesStation Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Petermann Island Latitude: 65º 10´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 10´ 00´´ W
Visit Date25/12/2012
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Enterprise Island Latitude: 64°32´S Longitude: 62°00´W
Visit Date27/12/2012
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Melchior Islands Latitude: 64°19´S Longitude: 62°57´W
Visit Date28/12/2012
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
Activities
Duration of landing
12 Jan 2013 Ushuaia 05 Feb 2013 Ushuaia

Visited Sites:  View in Google Earth Map
Site Name: Melchior Islands Latitude: 64°19´S Longitude: 62°57´W
Visit Date19/01/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities: Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Jougla Point Latitude: 64º 50´ 00´´ S Longitude: 63º 30´ 00´´ W
Visit Date20/01/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities: Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Goudier Island Latitude: 64º 50´ 00´´ S Longitude: 63º 30´ 00´´ W
Visit Date21/01/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities: Station Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Damoy Point Latitude: 64º 49´ 00´´ S Longitude: 63º 32´ 00´´ W
Visit Date21/01/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities: walking
Duration of landing
Site Name: Lemaire Channel Latitude: 65°04´S Longitude: 63°57´W
Visit Date22/01/2013
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
Activities: 
Duration of landing
Site Name: Peltier Channel Latitude: 64°52´S Longitude: 63°32´W
Visit Date22/01/2013
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
Activities: 
Duration of landing
Site Name: Port Charcot Latitude: 65º 04´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 00´ 00´´ W
Visit Date23/01/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities: Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Ile Pleneau Latitude:  Longitude: 
Visit Date23/01/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities: Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Hovgaard Island Latitude: 65°08´S Longitude: 64°08´W
Visit Date24/01/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities: Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Vernadsky station Latitude: 65º 15´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 15´ 00´´ W
Visit Date24/01/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities: Station Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Waterboat Point Latitude: 64°49´S Longitude: 62°51´W
Visit Date25/01/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities: Station Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Petermann Island Latitude: 65º 10´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 10´ 00´´ W
Visit Date25/01/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities: Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Enterprise Island Latitude: 64°32´S Longitude: 62°00´W
Visit Date27/01/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities: Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Melchior Islands Latitude: 64°19´S Longitude: 62°57´W
Visit Date28/01/2013
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
Activities: 
Duration of landing
12 Feb 2013 Ushuaia 10 Mar 2013 Ushuaia

Visited Sites:  View in Google Earth Map
Site Name: Melchior Islands Latitude: 64°19´S Longitude: 62°57´W
Visit Date20/02/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Jougla Point Latitude: 64º 50´ 00´´ S Longitude: 63º 30´ 00´´ W
Visit Date21/02/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Lemaire Channel Latitude: 65°04´S Longitude: 63°57´W
Visit Date22/02/2013
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
Activities
Duration of landing
Site Name: Peltier Channel Latitude: 64°52´S Longitude: 63°32´W
Visit Date22/02/2013
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
Activities
Duration of landing
Site Name: Goudier Island Latitude: 64º 50´ 00´´ S Longitude: 63º 30´ 00´´ W
Visit Date22/02/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesStation Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Damoy Point Latitude: 64º 49´ 00´´ S Longitude: 63º 32´ 00´´ W
Visit Date22/02/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activitieswalking
Duration of landing
Site Name: Ile Pleneau Latitude:  Longitude: 
Visit Date24/02/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Port Charcot Latitude: 65º 04´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 00´ 00´´ W
Visit Date24/02/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Vernadsky station Latitude: 65º 14´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 15´ 00´´ W
Visit Date25/02/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesStation Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Hovgaard Island Latitude: 65°08´S Longitude: 64°08´W
Visit Date25/02/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Waterboat Point Latitude: 64°49´S Longitude: 62°51´W
Visit Date26/02/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesStation Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Petermann Island Latitude: 65º 10´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 10´ 00´´ W
Visit Date26/02/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Enterprise Island Latitude: 64°32´S Longitude: 62°00´W
Visit Date28/02/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Melchior Islands Latitude: 64°19´S Longitude: 62°57´W
Visit Date01/03/2013
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
Activities
Duration of landing

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: INITIAL ENVIRONMENTAL EVALUATION FOR ANTARCTIC ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT BY THE BELGIAN ANTARCTIC RESEARCH EXPEDITION BELARE 2012-2013
Organization(s) responsible: International Polar Foundation & Belgian Polar Secretariat
Activity: Science Support for station & field campaigns & On-going maintenance at the Princess Elisabeth Station
Topics: - Construction / operation of facilities
- Science
Locations: Site name: Princess Elisabeth Station
Latitude: 71º 51´ 00´´ S
Latitude: 23º 20´ 00´´ E
Period/length of the activity:
Decision/Comment: proceed

Environmental Impact Assessment - Follow-up Activities Report
Environmental Information - Environmental Impact Assessment (Monitoring and follow-up Activities)
Name of Activity: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT & MITIGATION REPORT FOR ANTARCTIC ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT BY THE BELGIAN ANTARCTIC RESEARCH EXPEDITION
Location:
Site Name: Princess Elisabeth Station   71º 57´ 00´´ S   Long: 23º 20´ 00´´ E  
Procedures put in Place: Under the provisions of the relevant belgian legislation, the annual Expedition is carried out under a permit from the Ministry of Environment, (FPS Public Health, Food Chain Security and the Environment). The permitting process requires IPF to submit a Preliminary Environmental Evaluation of the impact of activities, to the Minister for Environment. The Minister issued a permit for activities in line with the request, in November 2012.
Information Obtained: Most of the environmental impact of operations comes from the air and land operations on site, particularly those that require fuel. While the PE station renewable energy production capacity provides an important offset, the emissions from transport remain one of the most important impacts. Transport capacity is a vital part of Antarctic operations in support of scientific activities, and for this reason it is important to look at every means to reduce fuel consumption. Not only does the use of excessive fuel add to costs but also to generalised environmental pollution and production of wastes, which require further processing, albeit in another location.
Actions Taken:
Related EIA:
Year 0   Title
File: BELARE 2012 EIR fffv sm.pdf

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