Each country that is a signatory to the Antarctic Treaty 1959 normally establishes a National Antarctic Program, which has national responsibility for managing the support of scientific research in the Antarctic Treaty Area on behalf of its government and in the spirit of the Antarctic Treaty. COMNAP currently brings together the National Antarctic Programs of 30 countries from all around the world.
This webpage provides public access to information on the Antarctic facilities operated by those 30 COMNAP Member National Antarctic Programs (below by way of the map) and also on the structure and adminstration of the National Antarctic Programs themselves (right side column).
COMNAP Antarctic Facilities Information and Map
The COMNAP National Antarctic Programs operate a range of facilities in the Antarctic Treaty area in support of their scientific programs. A Web-based map of the main facilities, their locations and related data is available on-line here (or select any area on the map):
(Please note this site is available but under development. Data is updated on a regular basis).
Choose any dot on the map above to see information on that particular facility, in many cases the information includes a facility photograph and a link to a facility webcam. The yellow dots indicate year-round facilities. The red dots indicate seasonal facilities.
For this COMNAP Antarctic facilities project, COMNAP collaborated with the EU-PolarNet (http://www.eu-polarnet.eu/) on their
European Polar Infrastructures Project. As part of that project, COMNAP
worked through Yves Frenot, COMNAP Vice Chairman and co-task leader from IPEV,
who worked with Gonçalo Vieira, co-task leader Instituto Geografia e
Ordenamento do Territorio (IGOT) at the University of Lisbon. Other contributors
to the project from IGOT were Luis Encalada and Carla Mora. Also collaborating was the European
INTERACT project (http://www.eu-interact.org/).
COMNAP Member national Antarctic programs provided the information for the
infrastructures database for all Antarctic facilities and will continue to
provide updates to the information. Once initial data were collected,
COMNAP sent to IGOT the extract of the database related to European Antarctic
infrastructures in order to contribute to the European polar infrastructure
project is also related to the Eurofleets project, a Research Infrastructures
project under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission
(http://www.eurofleets.eu), aimed at consolidating the coordination of a
pan-European distributed research fleet infrastructure with a common strategic
vision and promoting access to European marine research vessels and equipment.
With these objectives, Eurofleets II established very recently a European
vessel database (http://www.eurofleets.eu/rvs/).