|The IMS (International Monitoring Station) is a part of what now is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Remote Atmospheric Measurements Program (RAMP), in cooperation with the University of Miami. This project originated with the Naval Research Lab (NRL), and later the Department of Energy (DOE) as an effort to sample for radioactive molecules from natural or artificial sources. The main artificial source of concern was nuclear weapons tests, hence the acronym CTBT (comprehensive test ban treaty) which also gets used for this project. Since at least the early 90's this project has occupied space in T5 (1998 photo of the bench) where it has been tended by the science tech. The operation includes high-volume air samplers and gamma ray spectrometers; the filters are initially checked locally, and then the filters and data are sent back to the main National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL) Environmental Measurements Laboratory (EML) (formerly the in New York City (which has been more recently involved with post-9/11 air sampling from the World Trade Center disaster). There are several other Antarctic monitoring stations including one at Pole which is located in ARO where it is tended by the NOAA team. So far, the Antarctic stations have seen only naturally-occurring radionuclides, Be-7 (an isotope of beryllium) and Pb-210 (an isotope of lead).|
One more acronym--the Palmer Station building has also been referred to as "T6" as a reference to one of the structures it will replace--T5 and CAF will be demo'd after the new building is in full operation.
Enough acronyms, back to reality...
|The September photo at the top of this page is by Kelvin Mar; the August photo is by manager James Slaughter and appeared in an August sitrep. The other photos are from Glenn Grant except for the utilidor view which was released by RPSC FEMC. The drawings and conceptual views (which were only preliminary and changed significantly during the design process) are from the full 2003 Palmer Area Users' Committee minutes (no longer online).|