Environment One: A Master Plan Study for a New Scientific Research Station at the Geographic South Pole

by Stewart G. Osgood, Metcalf & Eddy, Inc, Wakefield, United States,
Robert J. Haehnle, Metcalf & Eddy, Inc, Wakefield, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Cold Regions Engineering


The existing research station at the geographic South Pole is approaching the end of its useful life. This master plan study focuses on determining the technical and functional requirements of a new facility. Technical requirements are those aspects of the station affected and determined by the extreme climate. Functional requirements are those dictated by contemporary research needs. The former are readily apparent from a careful physical assessment of the facility; the latter were outlined at a series of regional workshops in which prominent scientists who have, are, or will be conducting research at the South Pole assembled to chart the future requirements of the station. The goal of this study is to determine what is essential for the creation of a safe, efficient, and environmentally sound facility. The master plan engineering study, referred to as environment one, will establish the groundwork for the design and construction of an Amundsen-Scott Station that will support globally significant scientific research into the twenty-first century.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Existing buildings | Lifeline systems | Climates | Safety | Environmental issues | Temperature effects | Weather conditions

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