COMNAP Symposium 2012
Sunday 15 July 2012, 0900-1730hrs
“Sustainable Solutions to Antarctic Challenges”: Supporting Polar Research in the 21st Century


Columbia Falls Ballroom of the University Place Hotel & Conference Center,

Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, USA.

This information was updated on: Monday 9  July  


Increasingly, issues of how National Antarctic Programs operate in Antarctica are being focused on the longer term sustainability of supporting science in an increasingly difficult international financial environment where reliance on renewable energy, reduction in the use of fossil fuels, mechanisms to reduce waste and ways of maximizing science efficiency are becoming important.
      National Antarctic Programs are charged with managing support to science in the Antarctic.  Scientists are often aware of the challenges that delivering their scientific programmes present.  Antarctic organizations such as SCAR and COMNAP, also have an interest in the application of technologies which will reduce energy usage in Antarctica.  For example, remote sensing technology, low power monitoring capabilities and ultimately achieving science in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean within the lowest carbon footprint possible given the international significance of modern day climate change research and the necessity to lead by example, in achieving science outcomes in a sustainable manner.  Scientists are also, of course, interested in sustainable funding for their research.
      COMNAP has had a focus on energy efficiency and energy management best practice through first its Energy Management Network (ENMANET) 2000-2009 and more recently through its Energy Expert Group and its Management Workshops which have focused on sharing best practice and developing guidelines.
      This Symposium aims to build on previous COMNAP and SCAR work, looking at the many challenges related to sustainability and possible solutions.
To share best practice related to sustainability initiatives involved in supporting science in the Antarctic environment (environmental/social/financial) in the widest sense.
·         To showcase National Antarctic Program solutions to operate sustainable science support operations in Antarctica.
·         To profile international perspectives on sustainability in polar environments.
Keynote Speakers
The two keynote speakers for the event are:
Dr. Gwynne Dyer will pressent: “Climate Change, the Geopolitics of Scarcity, and Antarctica”
GWYNNE DYER has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years, but he was originally trained as an historian. He received degrees from Canadian, American and British universities, finishing with a Ph.D. in Military and Middle Eastern History from the University of London. He served in three navies and held academic appointments at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Oxford University before launching his twice-weekly column on international affairs, which is published by over 175 papers in some 45 countries. 

Prof. Steven Chown will present: “Addressing Conservation Challenges in the Antarctic: The role of National Antarctic Programs”
STEVEN CHOWN is a Professor in the School of Biology at Monash University, Australia. His research interests span a broad range of topics, including biogeographic and macroecological studies, evolutionary physiology, spatial ecology, invasion biology and the integration of these fields. He also has major interests in Antarctic and sub-Antarctic biology and conservation, and is Chief Officer of the SCAR Standing Committee for the Antarctic Treaty System. He was awarded the Martha T. Muse Award (of the Tinker Foundation) for Science and Policy in Antarctica, 2009.
Ver: Final (9 July, 2012)
Introduction by Lou Sanson, Symposium Convener
Session 1.  Keynote Speakers – Chair, Lou Sanson
Climate Change, the Geopolitics of Scarcity, and Antarctica
Gwynne Dyer
Addressing Conservation Governance Challenges in the Antarctic:  The role of National Programmes
Steven Chown
1010-1040 Coffee Break/Poster Session
Session 2. National Programmes – Sustainability Challenges and Solutions – Chair, Kazuyuki Shiraishi
Minimizing Science Programs Environmental Footprint
Jose Retamales
Instituto Antártico Chileno (NACH), Chile
Sustaining Antarctic Research in an Increasingly Challenging Environment:  Australia’s Modernisation Process
Rob Wooding
Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), Australia
Lessons from the Arctic – Drivers for Development
Jan-Gunnar Winther
Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway
Sustainable Science at Halley VI
Robert Culshaw
British Antarctic Survey (BAS), UK
The New Zealand Antarctic Programme – A Case Study approach to Sustaining Science
Lou Sanson
Antarctica New Zealand, New Zealand
1230-1330 Lunch Break
Session 3. Sustainable Logistics Support – Chair, Iain Miller
Russian Antarctic Expeditions – Transport Options
Valery Lukin
Russian Antarctic Expedition/Arctic & Antarctic Research Institute (RAE/AARI), Russia
Auto Guidance – Unmanned Tractor for Logistics
Hisashi Date, Keiji Watanabe, Kenji Ishizawa, Masanori Chiba
Japan Antarctic Research Expedition/National Institute for Polar Research (JARE/NIPR), Japan
The US Antarctic Program: An Update
Brian Stone
US National Science Foundation, USA
Introduction of the flexible tanks used in Chinese Antarctic Expedition
Li Zhongdong
Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration/ Polar Research Institute of China (CAA/PRIC), China
Terra Nova Hard Rock Runway Proposal
Roberta Mecozzi
Programma Nazionale di Richerche in Antartide/New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (PNRA/ENEA), Italy
1510-1530 Coffee Break/Poster Session
Session 4.  Technology Enabling Sustainability – Chair, David Blake
Antarctic Mesoscale Prediction System – Sustainability of Antarctic Logistic Support
Jordan Powers
National Center for Atmospheric Research/US Antarctic Program (NCAR/USAP), USA
Remote Sensing Ice Navigation
Robb Clifton, Andrew Fleming
Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), Australia
Fuel Spills – An Automated Early Warning System
O Kuzko, V Lytvynov, N Bouraou, Y Zukovsky, O Kyrychuk
National Antarctic Scientific Center of Ukraine (NASC), Ukraine
Bulk Fuel Transport – Innovative Engineering
Henry Valentine
South African National Antarctic Program (SANAP), South Africa
Making of Bharati - India's New Permanent Station
Rasik Ravindra, Javed Beg
National Centre for Antarctic & Ocean Research (NCAOR), India
Human Micro-organisms in Antarctic Environments
Jose Retamales
Instituto Antártico Chileno (INACH), Chile
Submission Title
Corresponding Author & Email
National Antarctic Program
A hydrogen electric power generation system for Antarctic use - preliminary results
K Ishizawa, Y Katsuta, H Fujino, I Ono and Y Motoyoshi
Green Energy for White Continent
Yordan Yordanov
Yordan Yordanov
System for remote environmental monitoring and creating information products through micro satellite and related ground infrastructure
Prof Christo Pimpirev, Dragomir Mateev, Yordan Yordanov
Yordan Yordanov
Energy Conservation at India's New Station -Bharati
Anoop Tiwari, Rasik Ravindra, Javed Beg
Making of Bharati – India’s New Permanent Station in East Antarctica
Rasik Ravindra
Rasik Ravinda
The Netherlands Dirck Gerritsz laboratory at the UK’s Rothera Research Station - a case study of international co-operation and sustainability in Antarctica
John Shears
Dick van der Kroef
David Blake
The Sub-Glacial Lake Ellsworth Drilling System
David Blake
David Blake
Subjective Health Complaints as a Surrogate Marker for Well Being
Peter Marquis
Anne Hicks
David Blake
Antarctic Activities
Rasik Ravinda
Rasik Ravinda
Logistics Support to Scientific Activities of Maitri
Rasik Ravinda
Rasik Ravinda
Steering Committee
Brian Stone (COMNAP Vice Chair Accountability), National Science Foundation, USA
Lou Sanson (Convener), Antarctica New Zealand, New Zealand
Iain Miller – Antarctica New Zealand, New Zealand
Kazuyuki Shiraishi - National Institutte for Polar Research, Japan
David Blake – British Antarctic Survey, United Kingdom
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