China looks to build new Antarctic research station by 2015
"China believes that understanding climate change impacts on Antarctica is a matter of critical importance for the world and for the continent itself," the environmental approval submission stated.
"The main purpose of the new Chinese station is to provide an international platform for regional multidisciplinary research focusing on the chain reactions caused by the changing climate," the approval submission noted.
Over two dozen expeditions to Antarctica have been fulfilled by China since 1984. For the time being, it manages two year-round facilities which are the Great Wall station at King George Island and the Zhongshan station in the Larsemann Hills. Another one is operated by China in the summer time called Kunlun, on Dome A, known to be the highest place in Antarctica.
Scientists in the new station will research atmospheric and atmosphere-ice-ocean interaction, ecosystem monitoring, and geology among other ventures. The building of the station is supposed to start in December 2015, with it being up and running by the beginning of 2017.
The center will have room for 80 employees in the summer months and 30 in winter. The Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration highlights in its 200-page submission that it plans on lessening the amount of air pollution, possible oil leakage, and solid and liquid waste.
Two vital pieces to the proposal is the hybrid solar-wind diesel powered supply system and the recycling of contaminated water. China also hopes to construct an aviation network to help scientists manage emergencies of all shapes and sizes.
Voice of Russia, News.com.au