Welcome to Palmer Station Antarctica LTER
A member of the Long Term Ecological Research Network
  • Icebergs

    Icebergs

    Climate scientists study icebergs as they break up for clues to the processes that cause ice shelf collapse

  • Shipboard Science

    Shipboard Science

    Long-term moorings can be deployed for durations of two years or more, powered with alkaline or lithium battery packs

  • Palmer Station

    Palmer Station

    The Palmer field station supports twenty people year-round and up to forty-four in the austral summer

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The Palmer Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) study area is located to the west of the Antarctic Peninsula extending South and North of the Palmer Basin from onshore to several hundred kilometers off shore. Palmer Station is one of the three United States research stations located in Antarctica. It is on Anvers Island midway down the Antarctic Peninsula at latitude 64.7 South, longitude 64.0 West. A view from the station can be seen on the Palmer Station webcam.

The Palmer LTER studies a polar marine biome with research focused on the Antarctic pelagic marine ecosystem, including sea ice habitats, regional oceanography and terrestrial nesting sites of seabird predators. The Palmer LTER is one of more than 26 LTER research sites located throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Tahiti; each focused on a specific ecosystem, that together constitute the LTER Network.

Information for those interested in Volunteering for Palmer Station, Antarctica, LTER.