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
Antarctica is a land of extremes – six months of daylight, six months of night, temperatures as low as -117 Fahrenheit. It's where the U.S. government trusts PAE to keep its people safe and its operations running.
During the harsh six months of winter, most of the station residents are roughly 130 PAE personnel contracted to maintain operations. During the summer, the population can swell to as high as 5,000 with the arrival of seasonal scientists. During that long summer, two small crews from PAE drive 7 mph across harsh terrain for 10-12 hours each day for an entire month – just one example of what PAE does to make the harsh environment habitable.