Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Research opportunities in Antarctica



R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer, the 94-m ice breaking research vessel operated by the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs for the United States Antarctic Program (USAP), has completed its first year of operations. The eight cruises included the recovery of the U.S. -Russian ice camp in the Weddell Sea, biological and physical oceanographic studies, a marine geology and geophysics program, and an engineering test cruise. The ship spent a large part of the year working in ice in the western Weddell, Amundsen, and Bellingshausen seas. In the 1993–1994 austral summer and 1994 austral winter seasons, funded NSF projects will extend the range of operations into the eastern Weddell and Ross seas.