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27 November 2020

The first team arrived yesterday evening at Princess Elisabeth station. We will keep you updated on the activities.

23 November 2020

A new summer season with a Belgian Antarctic Research expedition (BELARE) is about to start. Even during this period of Covid-19, Belgian researchers and station team members will stay at the Princess Elisabeth station. At the moment, the whole group stays in Cape Town, South Africa, in quarantine and will probably fly on 26 November to Antarctica. The specific measures taken by the expedition operator can be read on the station’s website, on which also the general activities at Princess Elisabeth station can be followed.
For the CHASE project Preben Van Overmeiren from Ghent University participates in this expedition, like last season. A colleague from IASB-BIRA, Alexis Merlaud, is also participating, mainly working on a new project (CLIMB), but also helping with the work for CHASE and the existing instrumentation of RMI, IASB-BIRA, KU Leuven, ULB and Ghent University. Both will stay until around 20 December at the station. On the ‘Belare20-21’ subpage, updates on the expedition will be posted. On the ‘Blogs’ subpage links to several further blogs can be found.

08 April 2020

The recent annual report of CHASE is now available. See in the Results section for the link. Further, in November, December, Preben installed an automatic, low-flow, in-house developed sampler for VOCs in the southern scientific shelter (control device inside, measurement tubes on roof outside).. This instrument sequentially takes a new sample every 2 weeks for 1 year, so a time resolved series, covering also the Antarctic winter will be obtained. This will give insight how the organic load in the atmosphere changes over different seasons.

17 February 2020

Nadine Matielli, Professeur in Gelogoy at ’ULB, presents in 'PITCH', an emission of TV and radio channel BX1, results of the Antarctic expedition, how particles samples have been taken and how they are analysed. You can watch the short movie here.

07 January 2020

Preben and Stefania returned from Antarctica just before Christmas. They were very successful and could replace all filters at the seven passive sampling sites and also several samples have been taken with by active sampling with the high volume pumps near the station. The active sampling will be continued by station staff until around mid-February.