A summary of the data collected by waste and litter monitoring programs carried out by PCAS students around Scott Base, Antarctica
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree LevelPostgraduate Certificate
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
Under the Environmental Protocol, Antarctica New Zealand has to comply with certain monitoring practises to assess the effect of Scott Base on the surrounding environment. A Graduate Certificate of Antarctic Studies (GCAS) student developed a monitoring procedure for litter around the base in 2001. Since then, GCAS and now Post-graduate Certificate of Antarctic Studies (PCAS) students have engaged in a systematic analysis of litter found at certain sites round the base and the overall waste production of the Base. Observation of these sites and analysis of previous data has the potential to show trends which would otherwise not be evident. Data has been collected for a number of years however these have not been previously been summarised. The objective of this report was to pool the data from the various years observation. No trends were evident in the data though this may be the result of limitations in the collection of the data. A number of recommendations are made and the protocols have been updated to make results obtained in future years more useful. The main recommendation is that a database of PCAS environmental reports and data be maintained into the future.