Cold Climate Building Research at Wasa Base, Antarctica

by Dag Haugun, Lulea Univ of Technology, Lulea, Sweden,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Cold Regions Engineering


During the Antarctic summer season of 1988-89 a permanent Swedish research station was erected at Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. The station, named Wasa, is situated on a nunatak. A corresponding Finnish station, named Aboa is situated 200 m from the Swedish base. The common name of the stations is Nordenskiold Base. The nunatak named 'Basen' is the most northeastern spur of the Vestfjella range. Wasa's position is S 74° 35' and W 11° 13'. The building research project was conducted during the 1988-89 and 198-90 expeditions. This paper gives a presentation of the design and construction of Wasa Research Station, as well as the installation of data loggers and sensors. Moreover, a general outline is provided of the observations which were made during the 1989-90 expedition, i.e. one year after the completion of the station.

Subject Headings: Cold regions | Construction management | Snow | Building design | Seasonal variations | Probe instruments | Architectural engineering | Weather conditions | Antarctica

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