Draft Agenda

The MCMLTER Site Review is (re)scheduled for ~20-24 January, 2014. The current plan is for the committee to be met in Christchurch prior to arriving in McMurdo. Once in McMurdo, the committee will be received by a subset of the PIs to begin presentations and receive specialized training for their overnight visit to the field. The following day the committee will travel to the field on a dedicated helicopter making multiple stops detailed below and will overnight at Lake Hoare. The following day will feature more stops at select field sites and end in McMurdo. The following day will feature wrap-up, in which the committee completes their report and presents an overview to our team.

We will be going over this agenda with Lisa and Susie at Helo Ops, so it may change before the review is underway, and then again during the review depending on weather and helos. This could be called "Draft" agenda.

Date What?sort descending Description Contact Persons Location
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 21:00 ALL : Overnight at Lake Hoare Camp

Overnight at Lake Hoare camp, after 9pm
See major accomplisments and main website

Lake Hoare
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 13:30 Depart for Field trip

Day 1. Visit Lake Miers and Cape Royds

Diane M. McKnight McMurdo Station
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 08:30 Depart for Field trip

Day 2. Visit key sites, over-night at Lake Hoare with all PIs

Diane M. McKnight McMurdo Station
Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 09:15 Depart Lake Hoare camp

Departure at 9.15am

Lake Hoare
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 13:00 Helo check-in and safety briefing

Helicopter passenger check-in and safety briefing. Arrive at helo-pad at time indicated ( 1 PM )

Helo tech McMurdo Station
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 07:45 Helo check-in and safety briefing

Arrive at Helo Pad at 7.45AM. Passenger check-in with Helo Tech

Helo tech McMurdo Station
Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 10:00 Institutional Background

Skype VTC with INSTAAR administrator, Giff Miller.
10:00 to 10:45 AM

Diane M. McKnight McMurdo Station
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 12:15 Lake Hoare camp: Lunch

Flyover the Canada Glacier. Research overview : Local, Regional and Global Connectivity (pdf)
12:15-1:45 PM (1:45 - 2:00 PM transport)

Byron J. Adams, Diane M. McKnight Lake Hoare
Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 00:00 Meet Panelists in Christchurch

International collaborator meets with site review panel (committee) in Christchurch. Preparations for travel to McMurdo. Time to be determined.

Peter T. Doran Christchurch, NZ
Monday, January 20, 2014 - 18:00 Prepare Field Visit : Field Visit Trainings

Required Training to visit the field sites at the Dry Valleys. Times to be determined

Download here the "Lake Safety" training presentation

Environmental, Field Support & Training McMurdo Station
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 11:00 Prepare Field Visit : Presentations

At McMurdo, the review panel will attend the initial presentations by the MCM LTER Principal investigators.
11 AM - Noon

Related research overviews: Overview (pdf), Metacommunity dynamics (pdf) and Field Guide to MCM Biota (pdf)

Diane M. McKnight, Byron J. Adams, John 'Jeb' Barrett McMurdo Station
Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 10:30 Return to McMurdo

Lunch

Diane M. McKnight McMurdo Station
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 15:00 Return to McMurdo

Return to station. Potential refuel and pick up new passengers

3:00- 3:15 PM

Diane M. McKnight McMurdo Station
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 16:45 Return to McMurdo

End of Trip. Return to the McMurdo Station

Diane M. McKnight McMurdo Station
Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 11:00 Summary

Summary and questions. Diane M. McKnight and others.

From 11:00 to 11.30 AM

Diane M. McKnight McMurdo Station
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 08:30 Tour of Crary Lab

Guided visit of the laboratories at Cray Lab.
8.30 - 9.45 AM

Diane M. McKnight, Matt Knox, Diana H. Wall, Kathy Welch McMurdo Station
Monday, January 20, 2014 - 00:00 Travel to Antarctica

A long flight to McMurdo, Antarctica. Precise times to be determined.

Peter T. Doran McMurdo Station
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 13:45 Visit to Cape Royds

Visit Shackleton's Hut at Cape Royds, and discuss the early exploration and diatom biogeography (pdf)

1:45- 2:45 PM (2:45-3:00 PM transport)

Adrian Howkins, Diane M. McKnight Cape Royds
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 10:30 Visit to F6 and Von Guerard Stream

Research overviews: Stream Responses (pdf).

From 10.30 to 11:15, (Transport from 11:15 to 11.30am)

Ross A. Virginia, Diana H. Wall, Diane M. McKnight F6 Camp
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 11:30 Visit to Green Creek

Green Creek research overview: Modeling, Water Tracks and Weathering Connectivity (pdf)

From 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM (12:00-12:15PM transport)

W. Berry Lyons, Michael N. Gooseff, Diane M. McKnight Green Creek at Mouth
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 15:00 Visit to Lake Bonney

Lake Bonney Limno Hole; Research overviews: Limnological Studies (pdf)

15:00-15:30 PM
(15:30-15:45 transport)

Peter T. Doran, Tina Takacs-Vesbach , John C. Priscu, Diane M. McKnight Lake Bonney
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 17:30 Visit to Lake Hoare camp

At Lake Hoare discuss Biodiversity (pdf) and new lake samplers

5:30-6:00 PM

Tina Takacs-Vesbach , Peter T. Doran Lake Hoare
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 18:00 Visit to Lake Hoare camp

Break
6 to 7 PM

Diane M. McKnight, Rae Spain Lake Hoare
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 19:00 Visit to Lake Hoare camp

Dinner, Poster Session from 7 to 9 PM

All Lake Hoare
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 15:45 Visit to Lake Miers

Visit the new monitoring and lake, stream and soil research (pdf)

3:45 - 4:30 PM

Diane M. McKnight, W. Berry Lyons, Byron J. Adams, Chris Jaros Lake Miers
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 14:15 Visit to Nussbaum Riegel

Discuss Future Scenarios (pdf) and Climate and Resource Legacies in the Taylor Valley" (pdf)

2:15-2:45 PM (2:45-3:00 transport)

Peter T. Doran, Ross A. Virginia, Adrian Howkins, Diane M. McKnight Nussbaum Riegel
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 09:30 Visit to P3 site near Many Glaciers Pond

Research overview: Pulse-Press (pdf). From 9.30 to 10:15, (10:15 to 10:30 transport)

Michael N. Gooseff, John 'Jeb' Barrett, Byron J. Adams, Adrian Howkins, Diane M. McKnight F6 Camp
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 15:45 Visit to Wormherder Creek

Research overview: Wormherder Creek: Ecosystem connectivity and species distribution (pdf).

3:45-4:30 PM

Diana H. Wall, Byron J. Adams, John C. Priscu, Diane M. McKnight Wormherder Creek
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 16:30 Visit to Wright Valley

In Wright Valley, discuss the Telemetry and monitoring program (pdf)

4:30-5:30 PM

Diane M. McKnight, John C. Priscu Wright Valley
Friday, January 24, 2014 - 09:30 Wrap-up review

Panelist work; Concluding remarks -- times to be determined

McMurdo Station