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July 8-14, 2013 / Vol 32, No 27 / Hawai`i Island, USA

5 Jul 2013, 20:45 UTC
July 8-14, 2013 / Vol 32, No 27 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Antarctica National Programs Come Together for COMNAP – AGM 2013
The Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) holds its Annual General Meeting on July 8-10 at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, Republic of Korea. COMNAP is the international association which links national Antarctic programs responsible for development and support of scientific research in the Antarctic Treaty Area – South of 60° Latitude. The organization is designed to develop and promote best practice in minimizing environmental impact of activities, increasing international partnerships, facilitating information exchange and providing objective technical advice to the Antarctic Treaty System consisting of 12 signatories and 50 parties. There are over 100 main facilities currently operated by national programs of Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Czech Republic Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway Peru, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, UK, Uruguay, and USA. About 5,000-6,000 scientists and 50,000 tourists work in or visit Antarctica every year. McMurdo Station, the largest community, accommodates up to 1,200 researchers and support staff at 78° South. The high, dry and extremely cold parts of Antarctica are very conducive to astronomical observations of cosmic microwave background radiation, cosmic rays ...

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