Expanding Logistics Support to Science Programmes in Antarctica: Long Distance Traverse Capability Development Options for Antarctica New Zealand
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree LevelPostgraduate Certificate
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI) have recently launched a new multidisciplinary research programme; the Vulnerability of the Ross Ice Shelf in a Warming World (NZARI, 2014). A critical component of this project will be a programme of drilling undertaken at two sites, located 350km and 1000km respectively from Scott Base. One method of delivering the necessary logistical support required for this programme is conducting a long distance land traverse. By analysing data from recent traverse literature and commercial publications, and by consulting with staff from National Antarctic Programmes, equipment suppliers and manufacturers this study examines the capabilities required to conduct long distance traverses. It provides an overview of how those required capabilities may be met, and a high level analysis of the benefits of different systems. The study concludes that the addition of a medium weight tracked vehicle to the existing vehicle fleet, combined with the purchase of Ground Penetrating Radar equipment, flexible sleds, fuel bladders and a fully fitted mobile accommodation module would enable Antarctica New Zealand to develop a long distance traverse capability. Initial cost estimates indicate this could be achieved for under NZ$1million capital cost. Further detailed work is required to test this hypothesis and develop a detailed capability development plan.