Chilean Antarctic bases expect to host 250 scientists and over 50 projects
An estimated 250 scientists from several countries will be working at Chile’s Antarctic bases during the austral summer (December 21/March 21) in different projects such as global warming and climate change, reported the Chilean Antarctic Institute, INACH, based in Punta Arenas.
The number of projects totals forty from Chile and eleven from other countries as part of the XLIX Antarctic Scientific Campaign. Countries involved are Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Germany, US, South Korea and Venezuela.
The scientific research teams operating in the Margarita Bay will have the support from the Chilean navy vessel Aquiles that will also be surveying the area during 17 days, according to INACH.
Among the Chilean projects is one from biologist Angelica Casanova from the Concepcion University Biotechnology Centre who will study the impact of global warming on the native flora of Antarctica.
“We are satisfied and encouraged because the number of projects for this season has increased by 76%, which means we must be prepared for a better logistics and backup of the different teams in the field. A great challenge”, said Jose Retamales, head of INACH.