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CECs, Centro de Estudios Científicos (Center for Scientific Studies) is a private, non-profit corporation, devoted to the development, promotion and diffusion of scientific research. CECs was founded in 1984 as the Center for Scientific Studies of Santiago and has since been directed by physicist Claudio Bunster.



 

 

December 2016
 
Today began our new Antarctic expedition, composed by Rodrigo Zamora, Felipe Napoleoni and Andrés Rivera...
 

 

January 2016
 
On January 1st of 2016 we departed from Valdivia to Punta Arenas starting a new scientific adventure in the Antarctica...
 

 

September 2015
 
The Second DGA Expedition 2015 began at 17:00 hrs, with our transport and load arriving in Bahía Tortel...
 

 

April 2015
 
At long last the poor weather has retreated and our much hoped-for good weather window appeared on Sunday...
 

 

April 2015
 
Although already settled at the Témpanos base camp, bad weather conditions have meant that we’ve been unable to work as fast as we’d hoped...
 

 

April 2015
 
After several days of poor meteorological conditions, yesterday dawned with clear skies and we were able to make seven flights, of cargo and personnel, throughout the whole day. At last, our team is complete and working at full steam.
 

 

April 2015
 
Taking advantage of the good weather early morning on Saturday April 11th, the advance team, Andrés Rivera, Carlos Fouilloux and two Army technicians were helicoptered to Station 1 at Greve Glacier.
 

 

December 2014
 
December 24th, 2014. Once we had descended yesterday via the Hewitt Path and were preparing to sleep at around midnight, we received a last-minute call via satellite phone with some news from the Union Glacier base camp. The Ilyushin IL76 flight, originally programmed for Dec. 23rd, had not taken off, because the passengers who had made reservations had postponed the flight until Dec. 24th...
 

 

December 2014
 
December 23rd, 2014. Today, after a total of 21 days in Antarctica we finished our journey in the interior plateau. The day started with the last detail measurements and then travel over 100 km to leave the Plateau and go down to the Hewette Path route that will take us to the Union Glacier where we hope to arrive on Christmas Eve...
 

 

December 2014
 
December 22nd, 2014. We have begun our return to ALE’s Union Glacier base from the main continental divide in West Antarctica, between the Institute and Pine Island Glaciers, which drain into the Weddell and Amundsen Seas respectively. Today we also measured the last beacons we installed in this area last year. A total of 12 beacons were installed in January 2014 to measure speeds and mass balance of the ice. The beacons are 2 m long aluminium tubes, in some cases joined by couplets to extend their length to 4 m....
 

 

December 2014
 
December 21st 2014. On this day, the summer solstice of the Southern Hemisphere, when the sun is at its highest in the sky over the Antarctic horizon, the weather conditions were excellent. We have been lucky with the weather over the last week. Though temperatures have been low, we have had no wind, and thus the apparent outdoor temperature has been agreeable...
 

 

December 2014
 
December 20th 2014. The day greeted us with clear skies and no wind, making it possible to predict a good day’s work. Our day began early and all systems functioned well until 21:00 hrs, when we had covered almost 90 km. At this hour, a relatively monotonous day spent taking measurements suddenly turned into an unusual one, with Chris ringing us insistently, telling us to get off the CECs1 station...
 

 

December 2014
 
December 19th 2014. Today we had very good atmospheric conditions. Temperatures were favourable for Antarctic standards, between -15 and -23 °C, but without wind, dry and with a lot of radiation...
 

 

December 2014
 
December 18th 2014. Today we reached the farthest away point of our crossing, some 200 linear km from Union Glacier. The area we covered is very flat, but is surrounded laterally by small surface undulations, which shows that the subglacial topography is probably a deep valley. We confirmed this with radar data, revealing a subglacial valley of morphology typical of a fjord of glacial origin. In the middle of this valley, we detected an ice thickness of 3350 m, the maximum ice thickness measured by our team to date...
 

 

December 2014
 
December 17th 2014. It was a beautiful day today, with lots of sunshine, very little wind, temperatures of -21 °C and with a very pleasant apparent outdoor temperature. We left early, northwards, towards an area that we had measured partially last summer and where we had left some beacons to determine mass balance and speed of the ice....
 

 

December 2014
 
December 16th 2014. We woke up to clear skies, bright sunshine and good wind conditions today, good weather after 5 days of bad weather. Thanks to this, a Twin Otter was able to visit, landing beside our convoy while we continued with our daily measurements...
 

 

December 2014
 
December 15th, 2014. Once again we had a very productive day. We acquired a dense grid of data, every 1 km, over 50 kms, at an approximate speed of 5 km/h (more than 10 hours of taking measurements)...
 

 

December 2014
 
December 14, 2014. There was no rest on Sunday. We got up at 7:30 for a breakfast of porridge with syrup and coffee. Then began a new journey following a dense grid of measurements in an area that has high interest in the type of background reflections that are detected...
 

 

December 2014
 
December 12, 2014. Today dawned cold (-28 ° C), with little rain and wind. From a distance, it was possible to see the Ellsworth Mountains, including a fantastic view of Mount Vinson, the highest in Antarctica. Several other nunatak peaks were seen in the distance, many of them appeared as rock pyramids...
 

 

December 2014
 
On December 9th, we travelled almost 90 km, from the ALE base camp, 650 m above sea level at Union Glacier, to a point on the inland plateau, 1700m above sea level, at the headwaters of the Institute Glacier to the south of the Ellsworth Mountains. All systems functioned according to plan. We detected ice thicknesses of 1500 m in the blue-ice area of Union Glacier where large freight aircraft land...
 

 

December 2014
 
On December 9th, 2014, after 7 days of preparation and awaiting favourable weather conditions, our team of glaciologists left Union Glacier and set off towards the West Antarctic continental Ice Divide, to begin a new glaciology research campaign using long-range land resources. The crossing was made with a convoy of land vehicles: a Pisten Bully tractor and the CECs1, our mobile station for ice research on inland Antarctica....