Veteran reporter Jos Van Hemelrijck recounts the memorable journey he took to the King Baudoin Ice Shelf. He spent more than a week getting a taste of what life is…
Princess Elisabeth Antarctica
For decades, Antarctica has been the home of science and an example for preservation governance. The International Polar Foundation signed the return of Belgium on the continent with the first ever “zero emission” station: Princess Elisabeth Antarctica.
The team of scientists who spent a few weeks on the King Baudoin Ice Shelf has returned from their field expedition and is preparing to head home in time for…
Dr Alexander Mangold from the Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI) of Belgium is now on his sixth season in Antarctica. He and his colleague Dr Quentin Laffineur have been busy with…
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Denis Lombardi from the Royal Observatory of Belgium explains why he's been planting seismometers along the ice stream that feeds the King Baudoin Ice Shelf for the SMEAIS project.
We documented the loading of the Mary Arctica, the ship that is transporting cargo to Antarctica for BELARE 10. It took 10 hours to load 45 containers of equipment and supplies (including…
One Project, Multiple dimensions
Concept & Design
The design of the Princess Elisabeth Station goes well beyond the package. Every aspect of the station was worked and re-worked to minimize energy and material loss while optimizing performance and space.
two seasons of building were needed for the Princess Elisabeth Station to become entirely operational and welcome its first scientists. From 2004 onwards, follow the history of the station as it unfolds.
Princess Elisabeth Antarctica is a puzzle that took existing parts and reassembled them in an innovative way. As a prototype, the station is subjected to perpetual improvements to its efficiency, autonomy, and equipments.
A new station in a vastly unexplored region of Antarctica, Princess Elisabeth Antarctica provides scientists with a wide variety of research environments and the necessary support to conduct their research in the best conditions.