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ATCM XXXVI and CEP XVI 2013, Brussels, Belgium
IP082: Advancing Technologies for Exploring Subglacial Antarctic Aquatic Ecosystems (SAEs)
This information paper supports the SCAR Lecture to the Antarctic Treaty and responds to a request from parties for further information on the topic of technological development and deployment to subglacial aquatic environments (SAEs) in Antarctica.
The paper is drafted by the SCAR ATHENA Expert Group (Advancing TecHnologies and ENvironmental stewardship in Antarctica) led by Professor Jemma Wadham (University of Bristol, UK) and Professor Peter Doran (University of Illinois, Chicago, USA). The paper outlines the scientific arguments for future technology development and deployment to subglacial aquatic environments in Antarctica, followed by an assessment of the current status and application of available technologies. It concludes with a discussion of what is required technologically and environmentally for the future exploration of SAEs, and summarises the activities of the ATHENA group to date.