CHAQ 2020

CHAQ 2020 is an Argentine-Swedish expedition that will study the historical remains of the first Swedish Antarctic expedition 1901-1903.

CHAQ 2020 aims to:

  • Collect data for the research project CHAQ – Creating Cultural Heritage in Antarctica
  • Contribute to the conservation work of the first Swedish Antarctic Expedition
  • Make the historical remains available through virtual reality and 3D presentations
  • Make a documentary about CHAQ 2020 and the effects of climate change on the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Contribute with material to an exhibition about the expedition at the Argentinean research station Esperanza

Collaborations, participants and financing

  • The research expedition is a collaboration between Argentina and Sweden and is led by Dr Pablo Fontana, Head of Unit for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Argentine Antarctic Institute.
  • Professor Dag Avango, Luleå University of Technology/Royal Institute of Technology is PI for CHAQ 2020 and leads the Swedish team.
  • Kati Lindström, researcher in History at the Royal Institute of Technology is responsible for documentary filming and ethnographic work. She is funded by the Swedish Research Council.
  • Gunnar Almevik, Professor at the Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg, is responsible for building conservation issues and related documentation. He goes on behalf of the Swedish National Heritage Board.
  • Jonathan Westin, research coordinator and Associate Professor of Conservation at the Centre for Digital Humanities, University of Gothenburg. Jonathan Westin is responsible for drone-based photogrammetry, laser scanning and VR documentation. He goes on behalf of the Swedish National Heritage Board.
  • Lize-Marie van der Watt, researcher in History at the Royal Institute of Technology, leads the research project that developed the theoretical framework on which the expedition is based. She is financed by the Swedish Research Council and while she cannot participate in the fieldwork itself, she has been involved in the organisation.

When does the research expedition take place?

The expedition starts December 26, 2019 and ends in February 2020.

Where is the research expedition conducted?

The expedition will take place in western Antarctica on the Antarctic Peninsula. Research will be conducted in the area around the house on the island of Snow Hill, which is close to the Argentine research station Marambio and in the area around Esperanza research station, as well as on Paulet island.

Support by Swedish Polar Research Secretariat

The Polar Research Secretariat support with:

  • Field equipment such as sleeping bags, VHF radio, compasses, GPS, solar panels, satellite phones and a weather station
  • Medical examination before the expedition
  • A field course with a review of the technical equipment and training on living and working in fields in Antarctica
  • Some clothing for fieldwork

“The Polar Research Secretariat has, through its international agreements on research cooperation, been able to help us gain access to the invaluable logistics and expertise that Argentina provides for the expedition. In addition, the Polar Research Secretariat assists with equipment as well as advice and safety training, based on the organisation’s long-standing work in the polar regions.” – Dag Avango

Last modified: 19 December 2019