Antarctica –the fifth largest continent –is 98 percent ice and 2 percent rock. It's home to penguins and hardy scientists. Since 2012, PAE has been maintaining three U.S. Antarctic program stations, two ships and dozens of field camps to ensure scientists can continue their work in some of the world's most frigid conditions.
Thanks to steadfast PAE personnel who keep the lights on and the engines running, scientists continue their critical work studying:
- Climate change
- Ozone depletion
- Sea levels
- Endangered species and more
How do you make a harsh environment habitable?
During the harsh six months of Antarctica's winter, 130 PAE personnel maintain operations. During the long summer, two small crews from PAE drive 7 mph across harsh terrain for 10-12 hours each day for an entire month – just two examples of what PAE does to make living in the unwelcoming environment easier.