After your plane lands in Antarctica, a shuttle will transport you from
the airfield to the McMurdo Station Chalet, which is the administrative
building for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and for the NSF support
contractor: Antarctic Support Associates (ASA). Chalet personnel will
give you an orientation briefing, assign housing, and arrange a date for
your science meeting. A map of McMurdo Station is inside the back cover
of this manual.
2.1 McMurdo Housing
Housing in McMurdo is in dormitories. Both two-person and bunk rooms
are available; there is no guarantee of what type of room you will be
assigned. From late October through early November and from late January
through early February, housing areas are crowded. You'll receive your
housing assignments from the Chalet administrative staff, both upon arrival
in McMurdo and when returning from the field.
2.2 McMurdo Science Meetings
Each science group will have a meeting the day after arriving in McMurdo.
Representatives from the NSF and from various ASA and Naval Support Force,
Antarctica (NSFA) departments will meet with your group to discuss logistical
support for the season.
During the science meeting, you'll receive information on the status
of your cargo and equipment . You'll also discuss your objectives for
the season and meet the McMurdo personnel who will help support your research
2.3 McMurdo Science Support Departments
Berg Field Center (BFC): The BFC issues equipment and food to field
parties, coordinates daily helicopter logistics, and runs the Field Safety
Training Program (FSTP). After your initial science meeting, it's best
to meet with the BFC supervisor to schedule a Field Safety Training course
and equipment shakedown, and to locate your "cage space."
Crary Science and Engineering Center (CSEC): The CSEC houses the McMurdo
science laboratory facilities. Specialized laboratories, computer facilities,
the Aquarium, the Dive Locker, and office space are allocated within the
CSEC. The CSEC staff coordinates laboratory support for science groups,
as well as fish hut movements, construction requests, and aquarium space
requirements. Scientific equipment (including all items identified in
your SIP for procurement) is issued from the CSEC stockroom. Other facilities
in the CSEC include a science library, a seminar room, and a small field
Operations Coordinator, Helicopter: The Operations Coordinator, Helicopter,
develops the daily helicopter flight schedule, communicates daily with
all helo-supported field groups, and is the point-of-contact for all helo-supported
field camp resupply requests. The Coordinator is located in Building 165
Mechanical Equipment Center (MEC): The MEC issues and maintains snowmobiles,
generator sets, gas-powered ice augers, rock drills, chain saws, portable
dive compressors, and 12-V batteries and battery chargers. The MEC also
maintains a fleet of "pool" pickups and tracked vehicles for use by the
science community, and provides training and a field maintenance course
for issued equipment.
Antarctic Driver's Licenses are obtained from the MEC. You must have
a valid Driver's License from your home state in order to receive an "Antarctic
Driver's License" and drive in McMurdo. To be issued an Antarctic Driver's
License, you must attend a briefing on and test drive MEC-issued vehicles.
Operations Coordinator, Fixed-Wing Aircraft: The Operations Coordinator,
Fixed-Wing, is the point-of-contact for all fixed-wing aircraft concerns.
This person helps you plan cargo loads for put-in flights, plans the daily
fixed-wing flight schedule, communicates daily with field parties, and
coordinates all resupply and schedule changes for remote, fixed-wing-supported
field groups. The coordinator is located in Building 58.
Science Construction Support: All science construction support requests
should be listed on your SIP; however, if you have late-identified (i.e.,
while in Antarctica) construction requests, submit a work order to the
CSEC Supervisor. On-ice construction support requests will require approval
by the resident NSF representative.
Science Cargo: If you have questions about the arrival, shipment, or
retrograde of your cargo, contact the Science Cargo Coordinator, who is
located in Building 193. Science Cargo is responsible for handling all
grantee cargo and is the principal contact with the military cargo system.
Section 3: Basic Field-Party Preparation Procedures.