Environmental Study of Anthropogenic Pollutants on King George Island – Antarctica

We initiated in November our one year Antarctica research program to investigate the degree of man-made pollution on an Antarctic island, relatively densely populated by research stations from several countries as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Ecuador, Peru, Poland, Russia, South Korea and United States. It is said that King George Island is probably the most polluted place on Antarctica. Ironically, this island was the first place to be visited by man on Antarctica in wintertime.  Our study is in collaboration with the University of Jena, Germany, and the Aristotle University, Greece.

Location:             S 62°08’- 62°14, W 59°02’- 58°51 King George Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica

Duration:            One year, started 1st December 2014

Partners:             AG Polar- & Ornitho-Ecology, Institute of Ecology, University Jena, Germany

Chem. Dept., Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Greece

Progress:            Scientists arrived in Antarctica