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Party: Belgium
2013/2014 Annual Information
Forward Plans
Science Activities in Previous Year
Scientific Information - Science Activities in Previous Year
Project Name/Number: ACME (Air Column Moisture Evaluation)
Discipline: Meteorology
Principal Investigator: Simon Steffen, Swiss Institute for Forests, Snow and Ice
Main Activity/ Remarks: Launch of balloon sondes from the vicinity of the PE station and installation of an automatic weather station for the ACME Radio (Air Column Moisture Evaluation by Radio sonde project).
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Operating Period: From:  20 Dec 2013   To:  09 Feb 2014
Areas of Operation
Princess Elisabeth Station
Project Name/Number: BE:WISE
Discipline: Glaciology
Principal Investigator: Dr Reinhard Drews Laboratoire de Glaciologie, Université Libre de Bruxelles, CP 160/03; 50, Avenue F.D. Roosevelt à 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. Activities in 2013-2014: Field work: radar and GPS surveys on the Roi Baudouin Ice Shelf and Derwael ice rise and continuation of 2012-2013 work. 2 Scientists (Reinhard Drews & Lionel Favier) will be accompanied by the BELARE Team for the camp installation. Two base camps will be set up at Breid Bay and Derwael: A field guide is provided. See also ICECON
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Operating Period: From:  20 Nov 2013   To:  15 Dec 2013
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: Alexander Mangold 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 201-2014: To install & operate instruments, including service for the HYDRANT project
Link (URL): http://belatmos.blogspot.com
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Operating Period: From:  20 Nov 2013   To:  20 Dec 2013
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 2013-2014: § Change and read the data loggers installed in Open-Top Chambers, § Continue experiments on the Utsteinen ridge, § Continue air-filtration experiment in the South Scientific Shelter.
Link (URL): http://antarcticabelgium.blogspot.com/
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Operating Period: From:  20 Nov 2013   To:  20 Feb 2014
Areas of Operation

Project Name/Number: Campagne ANT-XXIX/9 à bord du R/V Polarstern
Discipline: biologie marine
Principal Investigator: Dr Charlotte Havermans
Main Activity/ Remarks: Zone d'étude: Transect couvrant les zones subantarctiques et antarctiques allant du Cap vers la barrière « Filchner-Ronne » dans la mer de Weddell. Activités - Echantillonnage de crustacés benthiques et pélagiques - Inventaire morphologique des espèces benthiques prélevées - Analyse du comportement alimentaire des espèces représentatives (analyse de contenus stomacaux, analyse d’isotopes stables, analyse génétique) - Analyses moléculaires des espèces benthiques et pélagiques étudiées: détection d’espèces cryptiques par analyses phylogéographiques, étude du flux génétique par l’analyse de la génétique des populations - Expériences écophysiologiques (expériences de tolérance, expériences d’acclimatation) sur 2-3 espèces représentatives et étant abondantes dans les zones étudiées. Les échantillonnages s’effectueront sur le plateau continental (profondeurs inférieures à 1000 mètres) et seront limités et ponctuels, n’ayant qu’un impact minime ou transitoire sur les communautés benthiques ou pélagiques dans les zones antarctiques ou subantarctiques. The scientific report concerning the work at sea, the deployments and the findings on crustaceans will be published in “Berichte Zur Polar-und Meeresforschung”. Environmental impact : Only an insignificant part of the population has been sampled, only commonly occurring and widespread benthic crustaceans have been caught in significant numbers, others were limited to a number of specimens less than 10 per catch. In addition, the sampling occurred only once at every position and affected only some hundreds of meters on the bottom, which will be re-colonized by benthic life in the near future. On the scale of the ecosystem and population level, the impact is insignificant, Other than the sampling, no activities occurred which had an influence on local animal or vegetation life. No chemical, hazardous substances or waste has been introduced in the environment.
Link (URL): http://reports.awi.de/en/periodicals/reports_on_polar_and_marine_research/
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Operating Period: From:  19 Dec 2013   To:  05 Mar 2014
Areas of Operation
Project Name/Number: GEOMAG
Discipline: Géophysique
Principal Investigator: Jean Rasson Institut Royal de Météorologie, Centre de Physique du Globe Rue du Centre de Physique 1, B-5670 Viroinval (Dourbes)- Belgium
Main Activity/ Remarks: Site survey for installation of radome for the geomagnetic observatory & Survey of geomagnetic environment in the vicinity of the PEA station
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Operating Period: From:  20 Dec 2013   To:  09 Feb 2014
Areas of Operation
Princess Elisabeth Station
Project Name/Number: GIANT/ LISSA
Discipline: Geomorphology, Glaciology Geodesy for Ice in ANTarctica -Lithospheric and Intraplate Structure and Seismicity in Antarctica
Principal Investigator: Denis Lombardi Royal Observatory of Belgium Geodynamics and Earth Rotation avenue circulaire, 3 BE-1180 Brussels denis.lombardi@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 2013-2014: (1 scientist Denis Lombardi) To install and test several seismometers at PEA, as well as at several locations in the field. Installation of borehole seismometer, installation in the field of 6 surface seismometers, in remote field locations.
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Operating Period: From:  20 Dec 2013   To:  09 Feb 2014
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 2013-2014: (no scientist) To install & operate instruments
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Operating Period: From:  20 Nov 2013   To:  20 Dec 2013
Areas of Operation

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 Field work: radar and GPS surveys on the Roi Baudouin Ice Shelf and Derwael ice rise. Continuation of 2012-2013 work. 1 Scientist (Nicolas Bergeot) will be accompanied by the BELARE Team for the camp installation. Two base camps will be set up at Breid Bay and Derwael: A field guide is provided. See also BE WISE
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Operating Period: From:  20 Nov 2013   To:  15 Dec 2013
Areas of Operation
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. Activities in 2013-2014 Threeday field traverse organised and conducted by the IPF on behalf of the LGGE GLACIOCLIM-SAMBA (surface mass balance) project. Traverse to Crown Bay for the LGGE Glacioclim project with two vehicles, and two skidoos – snow coring for density measurements. (No samples are retained).
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Operating Period: From:  20 Jan 2014   To:  23 Jan 2014
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: 17
Medical Facilities: Supplies and equipment from the Belgian Army- 30kg of medical equipment and supplies. Medical facilities have basic equipment – defibrillators, ventilators. No X rays, ultrasound or other sophisticated diagnostic capabilities. Emergency facilities installed at the airstrip. One surgeon was present till 17th December 2013. One medical doctor followed till the end of the season. A new piece of medical equipment was acquired, multi-functional state of the art device for heart monitoring.
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: Alain BATBEDAT
Contact Address: 6 rue Les Jardins du lac, F-40140 SOUSTONS France
Email Address: abbatbedat@yahoo.fr
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Name of Vessel: LEAVA
Country of Registry: BELGIUM
Number of Voyages:
Maximum Crew: 2
Maximum Passengers: 2
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Voyages:  
Depart. Date Depart. Port Arrival Date Arrival Port Expedition Leader
01 Jan 2014 Puerto-Williams 28 Feb 2014 Géorgie du sud

Visited Sites:  View in Google Earth Map
Site Name: Melchior Islands Latitude: 64°19´S Longitude: 62°57´W
Visit Date21/01/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors1
ActivitiesSnapshot of the yacht from the land
Duration of landing
Site Name: Port Lockroy Latitude: 64º 49´ 00´´ S Longitude: 63º 30´ 00´´ W
Visit Date22/01/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors2
ActivitiesStation Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Port Lockroy Latitude: 64º 49´ 00´´ S Longitude: 63º 30´ 00´´ W
Visit Date23/01/2014
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors2
ActivitiesAnchoring Only
Duration of landing
Site Name: Pléneau Island Latitude: 65°06´S Longitude: 64°05´W
Visit Date24/01/2014
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors2
ActivitiesAnchoring Only
Duration of landing
Site Name: Lemaire, Canal Latitude: 65°04´S Longitude: 63°57´W
Visit Date24/01/2014
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors2
Activities
Duration of landing
Site Name: Pléneau Island Latitude: 65°06´S Longitude: 64°05´W
Visit Date25/01/2014
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors2
ActivitiesAnchoring Only
Duration of landing
Site Name: Lemaire, Canal Latitude: 65°04´S Longitude: 63°57´W
Visit Date26/01/2014
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors2
Activities
Duration of landing
Site Name: Port Lockroy Latitude: 64º 49´ 00´´ S Longitude: 63º 30´ 00´´ W
Visit Date26/01/2014
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors2
ActivitiesAnchoring Only
Duration of landing
Site Name: Cavelier de Cuverville, Ile Latitude: 64º 41´ 00´´ S Longitude: 62º 38´ 00´´ W
Visit Date27/01/2014
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors2
ActivitiesAnchoring Only
Duration of landing
Site Name: Enterprise Island Latitude: 64°32´S Longitude: 62°00´W
Visit Date28/01/2014
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors2
ActivitiesAnchoring Only
Duration of landing
Site Name: Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetlands Latitude:  Longitude: 
Visit Date29/01/2014
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors2
Activities
Duration of landing
Site Name: Deception Island Latitude: 62°57´S Longitude: 60°38´W
Visit Date30/01/2014
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors2
ActivitiesAnchoring Only
Duration of landing
Site Name: Antarctic Peninsula; King George Island Latitude:  Longitude: 
Visit Date31/01/2014
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors2
ActivitiesAnchoring Only
Duration of landing
Site Name: Ardley Island Latitude: 62°13´S Longitude: 58°56´W
Visit Date01/02/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors2
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Ardley Island Latitude: 62°13´S Longitude: 58°56´W
Visit Date02/02/2014
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors2
ActivitiesAnchoring Only
Duration of landing
Site Name: Ardley Island Latitude: 62°13´S Longitude: 58°56´W
Visit Date03/02/2014
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors2
ActivitiesAnchoring Only
Duration of landing
Site Name: Elephant Island Latitude: 61°08´S Longitude: 55°07´W
Visit Date04/02/2014
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors2
Activities
Duration of landing
Site Name: Antarctic Peninsula; King George Island Latitude:  Longitude: 
Visit Date04/02/2014
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors2
Activities
Duration of landing

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: VAIHERE
Country of Registry: Belgium
Number of Voyages:
Maximum Crew: 5
Maximum Passengers: 10
Remarks:
Voyages:  
Depart. Date Depart. Port Arrival Date Arrival Port Expedition Leader
12 Dec 2013 Ushuaia 05 Jan 2014 Ushuaia

Visited Sites:  View in Google Earth Map
Site Name: Melchior Islands Latitude: 64º 19´ 00´´ S Longitude: 62º 57´ 00´´ W
Visit Date18/12/2013
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors12
Activities
Duration of landing
Site Name: Melchior Islands Latitude: 64º 19´ 00´´ S Longitude: 62º 57´ 00´´ W
Visit Date19/12/2013
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors12
Activities
Duration of landing
Site Name: Enterprise Island Latitude: 64°32´S Longitude: 62°00´W
Visit Date20/12/2013
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
Activities
Duration of landing
Site Name: Enterprise Island Latitude: 64°32´S Longitude: 62°00´W
Visit Date21/12/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors12
Activities
Duration of landing
Site Name: Enterprise Island Latitude: 64°32´S Longitude: 62°00´W
Visit Date22/12/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors13
Activities
Duration of landing
Site Name: Enterprise Island Latitude: 64°32´S Longitude: 62°00´W
Visit Date23/12/2013
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
Activities
Duration of landing
Site Name: Enterprise Island Latitude: 64°32´S Longitude: 62°00´W
Visit Date24/12/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors11
Activities
Duration of landing
Site Name: Goudier Island Latitude: 64º 50´ 00´´ S Longitude: 63º 30´ 00´´ W
Visit Date26/12/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors13
Activities
Duration of landing
Site Name: Jougla Point Latitude: 64º 50´ 00´´ S Longitude: 63º 30´ 00´´ W
Visit Date26/12/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors13
Activities
Duration of landing
Site Name: Peltier Channel Latitude: 64°52´S Longitude: 63°32´W
Visit Date27/12/2013
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
Activities
Duration of landing
Site Name: Damoy Point/Dorian Bay Latitude: 64º 49´ 00´´ S Longitude: 63º 32´ 00´´ W
Visit Date28/12/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors12
Activities
Duration of landing
Site Name: Waterboat Point Latitude: 64°49´S Longitude: 62°51´W
Visit Date29/12/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors14
Activities
Duration of landing
Site Name: Melchior Islands Latitude: 64º 19´ 00´´ S Longitude: 62º 57´ 00´´ W
Visit Date30/12/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors14
Activities
Duration of landing
15 Jan 2014 Ushuaia 02 Feb 2014 Ushuaia

Visited Sites:  View in Google Earth Map
Site Name: Melchior Islands Latitude: 64º 19´ 00´´ S Longitude: 62º 57´ 00´´ W
Visit Date19/01/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors9
Activities: Small Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing, Station Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Melchior Islands Latitude: 64º 19´ 00´´ S Longitude: 62º 57´ 00´´ W
Visit Date20/01/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors7
Activities: Kayaking, SCUBA Diving, Small Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Jougla Point Latitude: 64º 49´ 35´´ S Longitude: 63º 29´ 37´´ W
Visit Date21/01/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors9
Activities: Small Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Goudier Island Latitude: 64º 49´ 30´´ S Longitude: 63º 29´ 36´´ W
Visit Date21/01/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors10
Activities: Small Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing, Station Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Pléneau Island Latitude: 65°06´S Longitude: 64°05´W
Visit Date22/01/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors9
Activities: Extended Walk, Small Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Pléneau Island Latitude: 65°06´S Longitude: 64°05´W
Visit Date23/01/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors10
Activities: Extended Walk, Kayaking, Small Boat Cruising
Duration of landing
Site Name: Pléneau Island Latitude: 65°06´S Longitude: 64°05´W
Visit Date24/01/2014
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors8
Activities: Kayaking, SCUBA Diving, Small Boat Cruising
Duration of landing
Site Name: Vernadsky station Latitude: 65º 15´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 15´ 00´´ W
Visit Date25/01/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors9
Activities: Extended Walk, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Winter Island Latitude: 65º 15´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 16´ 00´´ W
Visit Date26/01/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors8
Activities: Small Boat Landing, Station Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Vernadsky station Latitude: 65º 15´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 15´ 00´´ W
Visit Date26/01/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors11
Activities: Kayaking, Small Boat Landing, Station Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Waterboat Point/ Gonzalez Latitude: 64º 49´ 00´´ S Longitude: 62º 52´ 00´´ W
Visit Date27/01/2014
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
Activities: Anchoring Only
Duration of landing
Site Name: Enterprise Island Latitude: 64°32´S Longitude: 62°00´W
Visit Date28/01/2014
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors8
Activities: SCUBA Diving, Small Boat Cruising
Duration of landing
12 Feb 2014 Ushuaia 08 Mar 2014 Ushuaia

Visited Sites:  View in Google Earth Map
Site Name: Melchior Islands Latitude: 64º 19´ 00´´ S Longitude: 62º 57´ 00´´ W
Visit Date20/02/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors13
ActivitiesSmall Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing, Station Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Goudier Island Latitude: 64º 49´ 30´´ S Longitude: 63º 29´ 36´´ W
Visit Date21/02/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors13
ActivitiesSmall Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing, Station Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Jougla Point Latitude: 64º 49´ 35´´ S Longitude: 63º 29´ 37´´ W
Visit Date21/02/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors11
ActivitiesSmall Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Pléneau Island Latitude: 65°06´S Longitude: 64°05´W
Visit Date22/02/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors11
ActivitiesExtended Walk, Small Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Port Charcot Latitude: 65º 04´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 00´ 00´´ W
Visit Date22/02/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors11
ActivitiesSmall Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Vernadsky station Latitude: 65º 15´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 15´ 00´´ W
Visit Date23/02/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors11
ActivitiesExtended Walk, Kayaking, Small Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Vernadsky station Latitude: 65º 15´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 15´ 00´´ W
Visit Date24/02/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors6
ActivitiesExtended Walk, Kayaking
Duration of landing
Site Name: Winter Island Latitude: 65º 15´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 16´ 00´´ W
Visit Date25/02/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors11
ActivitiesSmall Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing, Station Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Vernadsky station Latitude: 65º 15´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 15´ 00´´ W
Visit Date26/02/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors13
ActivitiesExtended Walk, Kayaking, Small Boat Landing, Station Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Peltier Channel Latitude: 64°52´S Longitude: 63°32´W
Visit Date27/02/2014
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors13
ActivitiesShip Cruise
Duration of landing
Site Name: Melchior Islands Latitude: 64º 19´ 00´´ S Longitude: 62º 57´ 00´´ W
Visit Date28/02/2014
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors7
ActivitiesSmall Boat Cruising
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 Information - Contingency Plans
Title: Code of Conduct
Scope/coverage of the plan:
Objective: Guidelines to keep Antarctica pristine, protect Antarctic wildlife, be safe, for field activities, fuel spill prevention and waste management
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Vancauwenberghe Maaike
Job Title or Position: Programme manager
Phone: +32 2 2383678
Email: vcau@belspo.be
File: CCGuide_en.pdf
Title: Environmental code of conduct
Scope/coverage of the plan:
Objective: MAXIMISE your Antarctic experience with MINIMUM environmental impact
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Vancauwenberghe Maaike
Job Title or Position: Programme manager
Phone: +32 2 2383678
Email: vcau@belspo.be
File: FichesEnvCodeOfCond_en.pdf
Title: Fuel spill action card
Scope/coverage of the plan:
Objective:
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Vancauwenberghe Maaike
Job Title or Position: Programme manager
Phone: +32 2 2383678
Email: vcau@belspo.be
File: FichesFuelSpActionCard_en.pdf

Title: Fuel spill action plan
Scope/coverage of the plan:
Objective: Response procedures in the event of a fuel spill in Utsteinen base camp or during the traverses
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Vancauwenberghe Maaike
Job Title or Position: Programme manager
Phone: +32 2 2383678
Email: vcau@belspo.be
File: RProcedure_en.pdf

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
Organization(s) responsible:
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
Type: IEE
Title: THE COLDEST JOURNEY - DEMOBILISATION ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT EVALUATION
Organization(s) responsible:
Activity: Demobilisation Assistance for the Expedition known as The Coldest Journey (TCJ)
Topics: - Removal / clean up of facilities
- Waste management
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 October 2013.
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: Scan-to-Me from 172 16 22 212 2014-09-15 151941.pdf
Name of Activity: Waste transfer from "The Coldest Journey" expedition
Location:
Site Name: Princess Elisabeth Station   71º 57´ 00´´ S   Long: 23º 20´ 00´´ E  
Procedures put in Place: Permit (N°S3/2012/12) granted by the UK (FCO) to the TCJ.
Information Obtained: Total volume & weight of waste handed over
Actions Taken:
Related EIA:
Year 0   Title
File: Scan-to-Me from 172 16 22 212 2014-09-15 160135.pdf

Conservation of Fauna and Flora Report
Waste Management Plans Report
Environmental Information - Waste Disposal and Waste Management (Waste Management Plans)
Title: Waste management plan
Fixed Site/Field Camp/Ship: Princess Elisabeth Station (Utsteinen)
Objective:
Implementation Report:
File: Scan-to-Me from 172 16 22 212 2014-09-15 160145.pdf

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