One of the largest glaciers in Antarctica is thinning four times faster than it was 10 years ago, according to research seen by the BBC. A study of satellite measurements of Pine Island glacier in west Antarctica reveals the surface of the ice is now dropping at a rate of up to 16m a year.
The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is standing by its policy to use the Falkland Islands as its gateway to the frozen continent. That’s the message delivered by John Pye, head of logistics at BAS, who was in the Islands for a whistle-stop visit at the weekend.
The National Antarctic Programs have reached a consensus that international cooperation will be the clue for the future development of polar science. This is the main topic of discussion at the XXI Annual Meeting of the Council of Managers of Antarctic Programs (COMNAP), especially with increased costs associated with support, logistics and infrastructure necessary to carry out the scientific research in the White Continent.
The legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong who landed on the moon 40 years ago, is set to visit the Falkland Islands this coming cruise season. The pioneer who took that first “small step for man” will be aboard the National Geographic Explorer for a 21-day cruise to South Georgia, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica in November.
With the challenge of strengthening international cooperation for development of Antarctic science, the XXI Annual Meeting of the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) started yesterday. COMNAP is one of the most important forums of the Antarctic Treaty System.
For a week Chile and more precisely Punta Arenas in the extreme south will be the hub of Antarctic scientific discussions when the XXI Annual Meeting of the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs officially opens this Monday.
Chile will host the next annual meeting of the Council of Managers of Annual Antarctic Programs, CMNAP, which convenes 26 countries, reported the organizers. The host city will be Punta Arenas in the extreme south of Chile and headquarters of Chile’s Antarctic Institute.
Fisheries and tourism turned 2008 into a successful year for the South Georgia Government according to the address from HE the Commissioner Alan Huckle read out at the South Georgia Association (SGA) AGM. But 2009 could have surprises, he also anticipated.
The Argentine Navy received at the end of June the second batch of two UH-3H Sea King helicopters out of a total of six which will replace losses experienced in Antarctic operations it was reported by Puerto Belgrano Marine’s Gazette.
Earlier this week we published the position of CLIA, Cruise Lines International Association on some of the possible effects of the heavy fuel oil ban in Antarctic water for the industry, if the initiative is passed and approved by the International Maritime Organization.