Standards of Conduct in the Field
The Principal Investigator (PI) or field-team leader of each research
group is responsible for ensuring that his/her group acts responsibly
in the field. All field personnel should read the Antarctic Conservation
Act (Document No. NSF 89-59) and the United States Antarctic Program (USAP)
Personnel Manual (Document No. NSF 90-71, rev. 6-93). Both documents are
available from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Specially Protected Areas (SPA) are places of unusual scientific or
historic interest. Entry into these areas is prohibited unless there is
a scientific purpose. To enter one of these areas, you must obtain a permit
from the NSF. To apply for a permit, contact the NSF/OPP prior to leaving
Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) are places where scientific
work is being conducted (or planned) and there is a risk of interference.
Permits are not always required for entry into these sites and, in some
cases, permission may be obtained in McMurdo from the NSF Representative.
However, you should apply for permits before leaving for Antarctica. All
entrants must read and comply with the management plan specific for each
Violation of the regulations for Specially Protected Areas and Sites
of Special Scientific Interest may result in a $10,000 fine or imprisonment
for up to one year.
4.1 Appropriate Field Conduct in Antarctica
USAP scientific and operational teams that are deployed to sites remote
from USAP main stations shall conduct their activities in a safe manner.
The field-party leader shall be responsible for the conduct of all team
members in the field and shall ensure that each team member is familiar
with the risks involved and proficient in dealing with those risks.
GUIDELINES FOR PERSONAL CONDUCT
Do not disturb wildlife.
Do not litter.
Do not introduce plants or animals into the Antarctic.
Do not collect eggs, fossils, or plants without
Do not enter any Specially Protected Area.
Avoid Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Avoid interference with scientific work.
Do not disturb Antarctic historic monuments.
Leave only footprints.
Be environmentally responsible.
Section 5: Field-Safety Training.