David Braaten, associate professor of atmospheric science
at the University of Kansas, has been to Antarctica five times. Braaten
said the road was a good solution. "It's a good idea. It's an efficient
way to transport fuel and supplies," said Braaten. "You open
up options to use the planes for other uses."
Braaten has had to deal with this very problem; his plans
recently changed because of a shortage of flights. When he asked for an
Antarctic field test of a new radar system, Braaten said,"the silence
was deafening." He said the construction on the new research station
was taking up a lot of flights, and it seemed the NSF was not taking on
any new projects requiring flights. As it is, the Antarctic Sun reported
that this year's flights were 2 million pounds behind schedule.
By Rachel Larson, Staff Writer
Here Wright crosses a crevasse.
Photo from the Antarctic Sun