Relations with scientific world

Due to previous unfortunate experiences of cooperation with the scientific world the project opted out from welcoming new scientific research in the PPAP.                                      

                                                                                                 PHOTOS

Goals:

  Protect nature from science by minimising or preventing any science-induced stress on live matter in the PPAP;

  Improve knowledge and understanding of how to help the land and wildlife to cope with changes and to survive decently ;

Recognise and use the uniqueness of the location for glaciological research (because of its proximity to the ice field) and atmospheric monitoring, as well as other potential studies of inert matter.


Science for the living, not the living for science.


When accepting a project, a primary concern is:  “What would it give to the land?”. In many cases it does not provide any benefits for nature. The “Why?” of the research is crucial. In the era of global changes (climate, ecosystems, social) ethics take over the importance of science.


Trip financed by CIEP, National Geographic and Patagonia:

“in the habitat I am exploring the human is not welcome.

How can I prevent people from going here and destroy everything?”


Rules:

  1. With formal and explicit agreement of the Project.

  2. Any research or study shall bring considerable benefits to the ecosystem or its part.

  3. As a general rule no invasive scientific research of live matter is authorised by the project.

  4. No invasive wildlife research is authorised, in particular methods involving sedation of animals or radio collars (Average: 1 out of 10 animals die in the procedure, in ungulates the figure is higher; those who do not die are quite often disoriented and vulnerable; collars do not fall at times and kill the animal; animals with collars are less efficient in hunting, the max. weight of the collar allowed being 10% of the weight of the animal).

  5. For observation of wildlife: first assess the impact of the species to be studied. Animals have the right to freedom from being studied.

  6. Only method authorised - observation. Learn from nature.

  7. All findings of any nature shall be first published free of charge on the Project’s website.

  8. In no case any research could lead to tourism access of any kind.

  9. No paths shall be opened for research. Worldwide research in nature opens damaging access to endangered and other species.

  10. In no case and under no circumstances any GPS route used can be published on any shared web platforms (2 legal cases against such publications filed by the Project).

  11. Preferential use of macro-science, problems are global.

  12. Preferential use of one time observations, not statistics.

  13. No “citizens science”, it revealed to be dangerous for nature.

Active projects:

I.  The Geodesy and Geodynamics Group at Ohio State University in the USA has been using GPS geodesy to measure crustal displacements in Chilean Patagonia since 1994. Their partners in this project include the Instituto Geográfico Militar de Chile, the Universidad de Concepción, and the University of Memphis which works mostly in Argentine Patagonia with local partners. The main focus of this geophysical project is to infer present and past changes in ice mass within the Patagonian Icefields and so study climate change over a range of timescales. Contemporary ice mass changes driven by modern climate change produce instantaneous elastic deformation of the solid earth, and by measuring this 'elastic rebound' they can, in effect, weigh the ice sheets. This investigation is pursued using a limited number of continuously operating GPS stations, such as that in Valle Leones, and larger numbers of survey GPS stations visited perhaps once every three years for a few days at a time.  On the western side of the Patagonian ice fields much of the fieldwork is performed using boats. The research group performs similar climate change/crustal motion research in Greenland and Antarctica.

It’s one of more than a dozen marks in Chilean Patagonia that are measured by IGM. They show that all the stations close to the ice are moving upwards. It is believed that this is the sign of solid earth 'rebounding' as ice loads decrease.

Finished project:

In cooperation with Chilean universities - compilation of elements to be considered in a baseline study for an ecosystem restoration and/or conservation activities, including the assessment of the progress of these activities:  works of interns.

III. Monitoring  of climatic conditions in the valley: weather station of the project. Important for monitoring of weather conditions for reforestation and tree growth.

  1. II.Monitoring of presence of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the air. Information on POPs. Booklet on POPs:  UNEP-POPS-PAWA-GUID-RIDDING.En.pdf. With climate change POPs are being released from melting glaciers.

    The POPs sampler of the Project is one of several

    deployed in the Baker basin under the EULA-Chile

    (Concepcion) research project.

December 2018

AND:

Great comic re: science - Rat Park


It is necessary to preserve the information, not to dig or unearth, or to dissect. That's how we preserve cultures and nature - belief of the peoples of Altai.


"... locking himself in a narrow specialty, which avoids the lively and multi-stream course of life and develops in its possessor an indifferent and even contemptuous attitude to everything that lies outside his area. Under the influence of all this, interest in the past and faith in future are lost ”, D.A.Rovinsky, Russian lawyer, XIX century.

Data of 2018: the ground is rising very fast: 19.4 mm per year !

This rapid rise is due to ice loss. The weight of the ice is decreasing and the ground is rising in response.

The GPS antenna and the land are also moving north at 13.5 mm/year and east at 4.9 mm/year.  The station moves up and down over the course of the year, primarily due to the varying weight of snow and water. That

annual change is about 12 mm from high to low, with the lowest period occurring in November and

December.

Bear poop

Animal excrements studies - a non-invasive form of investigation, but only if found on a walking trail for people