King Sejong Station

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King Sejong Station
Hangul 세종과학기지
Hanja 世宗科學基地
Revised Romanization Sejong Gwahak Giji[1]
McCune–Reischauer Sejong Kwahak Kiji

The King Sejong Station (62°13′S 58°47′W / 62.217°S 58.783°W / -62.217; -58.783) is a research station for the Korea Antarctic Research Program that is named after King Sejong the Great of Joseon. Established on February 17th, 1988, it consists of 11 facility buildings and two observatories, and it is located on the Barton Peninsula (King George Island). It experiences a fairly mild climate, and therefore draws a large number of animals for summer breeding (which, unsurprisingly, draw a lot of biologists). In the summer, the station supports up to 90 people from the Korea Polar Research Institute, and guest scientists from other institutions as well. Over winter, it accommodates only 17 engineers and scientists who maintain the station and routinely collect data (meteorological records, oceanographical parameters, etc.), but their main focus is on tracking the general change of the natural environment. Researchers from Korea continually collaborate with various other institutes in Antarctica and the rest of the world by participating in, monitoring, and contributing to the World Meteorological Organization, the Global Sea-level Observing System, the International Seismological Center, and the Intermagnet Project.

The primary research that is conducted at the King Sejong Station[1]:

The station is usually re-supplied yearly by the RV Onnuri and more frequently by planes flying from Jubany in Argentine and the Chilean Eduardo Frei Base.[2]

The RV Araon was commissioned in 2009, and she is planned to supply South Korea's research stations, including the proposed Jang Bogo Station.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Korean name means Sejong Science Base literally. Its shorten name is Sejong Giji (literally, Sejong Base).
    King Sejong Station
    Hangul 세종기지
    Hanja 世宗基地
    Revised Romanization Sejong Giji
    McCune–Reischauer Sejong Kiji

  2. ^ http://www.newzeal.com/theme/bases/Korea/KingSejong.htm
  3. ^ Yonn Gong (2010-01-12). "S. Korean icebreaker begins first Antarctic voyage". Yonhap News Agency. Archived from the original on 2010-01-14. 
  1. http://www.kopri.re.kr/English_Web/index.aspx
  2. http://pdf.comnap.aq/comnap/comnap.nsf/P/StationsByName/KRking

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