Start date:
December 2009
End date:
December 2009
Cape Roberts, Marble Point, Lake Vanda
Principle Investigator:
Dr Megan Balks
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Waikato
Phone: +64 07 856 0115
There is limited understanding of cumulative impacts and recovery rates in the Antarctic soil environment. With projections of tourist numbers topping 30,000 in the next few years, concerns about cumulative impacts, and the ability of the most frequently visited sites to recover after human disturbance, are increasing. This project seeks to quantify the cumulative impacts of human activities on Antarctic soils, identify areas of greater vulnerability, increase our predictive environmental impact assessment abilities, and make way for informed management decisions in the future.