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Development of Low Cost Unmanned Underwater Vehicle and Unmanned Surface Vehicle for Antarctic exploration

Authors: ArturoCadena2011a

Arturo E Cadena

Ecuadorian Antarctic Institute, Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Part of the poster was presented at the Open Science Conference 2010, Buenos Aires, Argentina. August 2010. The poster presents an update of my research work.


The present work describes the development of unmanned platforms to explorer the Antarctica by the Ecuadorian Antarctic Institute, two Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and one Unmanned Surface Vehicle.

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]]> (Mariette Wheeler) ROOT Sat, 07 Jan 2012 11:15:18 +0000
Antarctic Sea Ice: International Polar Year Cruise-Results from the SIMBA Field Campaign (Sept-Oct 2007)


S.F. Ackley

University of Texas, San Antonio TX

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The first Sea Ice expedition during the austral winter to the western region of Antarctica since 1898 studied geophysical, biological, biogeochemical components of sea ice with the use of survey and remote sensing instruments. This presentation provides a brief overview and results of various work conducted in this region. Please contact the author for more information

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]]> (Mariette Wheeler) ROOT Tue, 17 Jan 2012 18:24:47 +0000
Scientists and tourists put Antarctica at risk for an invasion

During the first summer season of the International Polar Year, the researchers behind the study stopped 853 visitors to Antarctica, including scientists, tourists, and support staff.  These visitors accounted for about 2 percent of the total landings during that period. Using a vacuum, they collected as many seeds as they could from the visitors’ clothes, footwear, walking poles, and packs.

On average, each person was carrying 9.5 seeds. Boots and bags were the most common places to find seeds. Scientists were more likely to be seed carriers than tourists, and brought with them two and a half times more seeds than tourists did.  Support staff were the most likely visitors to be carrying seeds. However, raw numbers made a big difference. That season, tourists landed on Antarctica a total of 197,616 times. That's almost 8 times more landings than support staff, and 28 times more landings than scientists, making tourists a very important source of potential invasions.

]]> (Emily Choy) ROOT Wed, 14 Mar 2012 02:39:36 +0000
APECS Latin speaker members meet during the IPY 2012 From Knowledge to Action Conference

In the spirit of the international cooperation offered by the IPY 2012 From knowledge to action conference, in Montreal, ten young polar scientist from APECS Brazil, India, Portugal and Spain, meet to enhanced the networking between them and sharing experiences and knowledge regarding the activities of the APECS national committees. The goals of the meeting were to review the status of the national committees in Brazil and Portugal and to share their experiences with the Spanish members that soon will create their own national committee. It was also the opportunity to assess the scientific and educational activities that early career scientists from those countries could work together. Opportunities for networking and to strengthen the collaborations that already exist between the researchers could be announced in the coming year as for instances the organising joint web seminars and international meetings.

]]> (Sílvia Lourenço) ROOT Thu, 03 May 2012 17:04:06 +0000
Summer takes unprecedented toll on Arctic ice, prompting global warming fears

OTTAWA - Arctic ice cover has reached another nadir, melting to its lowest point in recent history.

Scientists say the summer thaw climaxed on Wednesday and now will begin to turn with the coming of colder weather.

But the speed and extent of the melt this year has prompted them to revisit their projections for ice-free summers and for global warming more generally.

"It didn't just beat the 2007 minimum, it beat it by a whole lot," said Julienne Stroeve, a scientist from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Centre.

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]]> (Winnipeg Free Press) ROOT Wed, 19 Sep 2012 19:24:04 +0000
New to APECS: Research Highlights


A new resource to the APECS website is a database of current science publications from our members. APECS. Research Highlights is a way to bring cutting edge science to a public space. The aim is to highlight recent publications and discover the fantastic research that fellow Polar scientists are involved in! APECS members are engaged, doing great science in cool places! Check out how APECS members are shaping the current research trends. The articles can be searched by discipline or key words.

Don't just sit on your own research! There are ways to get it out to the world of scientists, policy makers, and educators. If you have recently published an article in a journal or main stream press, you are welcome to add it to the Research Highlights list. The list will be an RSS feed, which will show up in the monthly APECS newsletter and other partner news feeds.

Go now to highlight your research! 

]]> (Heather Mariash) ROOT Sun, 02 Dec 2012 20:16:06 +0000