Proposed all-terrain vehicle routes for northern
Ulu Peninsula,
James Ross Island

Topographic data:
Czech Geological Survey

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GPS (file gdb)


For the first time, the Czech Republic has participated with decision-making competence in  the annual 37th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) held in Brazil from 28th April  to 7th May, 2014.



P. Prošek et al. (2013): Facilities of J. G. Mendel Antarctic station: Technical and technological solutions with a special respect to energy sources. Czech Polar Reports 3 (1): 38 - 57.


Brief description of Czech Antarctic Research Infrastructure (CARI)

State of Art

     The current RI project supported by the MEYS (i.e. "CzechPolar project", 2010–2015) is oriented to cover construction and operational costs and to provide substantial enlargement of existing infrastructures of two Czech Polar research stations (one in Antarctica and second one in the Arctic). For practical reasons it was decided to divide both parts of this project into two independent RIs for evaluation process purposes, as well as for potential future financial support. Therefore this document is strictly aimed on the Czech Antarctic Research Infrastructure (CARI) owned and operated by the Masaryk University (from here also referred as the MU). Nevertheless the main target of the future project shall remain the same as of related part of the original one.
     The mission of the CARI is to provide technical, logistical and laboratory support for complex multidisciplinary excellent research of Antarctic geo- and ecosystems, their structure, functioning and recent changes in particular. The main aim of the RI support project is to maintain a high standard of scientific infrastructure, laboratory facilities and temporal field camps in particular at the Johann Gregor Mendel Czech Antarctic Station, James Ross Island, Antarctica (austral summer station), incl. its operations, logistics and innovation, and to provide its services both to national and international scientific community. The CARI also provides a wide spectrum of scientific possibilities for junior and senior scientists to work with data and/or samples collected in Antarctica, using the distributed parts of the RI located at the MU, Brno. Besides the main mission of the CARI, the main emphasis is given to the widening of the range of related scientific topics and the simplification of users’ access to the RI.

Future development

     Several updates are planned for nearest future. The aim of further CARI’s development is to continue in the improvements of all its parts. Above all it means (1) the J.G. Mendel Station in Antarctica, and (2) the Extreme Environments Laboratory (EEL), specialized biological laboratory designed for research of extremophilic organisms living under marginal conditions in Antarctic ecosystems and their analogues, located at the MU, Brno. The future development also counts with establishing of (3) the Climatological & Geoscientific Laboratory (Clima-Geo Lab) at the MU, Brno. The Clima-Geo Lab will be mainly focused on the study of Antarctic atmospheric, glacier, permafrost and lacustrine geo- and ecosystems, and their recent and past changes driving mechanisms. The last part to be promoted under the future CARI support project is (4) the Open Access Data Unit (OADU, Brno). The OADU will provide a platform for (inter)national community of scientists dealing with Antarctic science to share and use the research databases. The user’s access shall be optimised.


Open Access

     The Czech Antarctic Research Infrastructure applies an open access policy to the most of provided services (e.g. use of laboratories, scientific instruments, databases, sample collections and any other equipment such as rubber boats for coastal navigation, technical workshop, presentation devices, etc.), incl. its operational costs and the working time of RI’s staff are free of charge for all approved national and international users. This free of charge open access policy does not apply on travel and accommodation costs, as these costs are not included in the CARI’s basic support and therefore shall be covered by the users themselves. As the travel costs for the remote Polar Regions are not negligible, usually there is no problem with the capacity allocation. In theoretical case when the demand/offer rate of the CARI’s capacities is not balanced, the Scientific Board’s Recommendations are intended to address the issues of devoting the CARI’s limited capacity to the top scientific quality research proposals. Nevertheless, since the establishment of the infrastructure, such state was not achieved, so this procedure remains ready for the future.
     All ethical and legal questions related to the CARI’s outputs and activities are solved in accordance with respective authorities: the special international legislation (especially the Antarctic Treaty’s Madrid Protocol of Environmental Protection), the national legislation, and the host institutions’ regulations, which have their special departments established to deal with such issues. As the hosting institution (public national university) is tied together with the CARI, there is generally no risk of any violation in this way. Concerning the particular issues, such as protection of the intellectual rights to the datasets provided via open-access, the users are allowed to use the data to achieve their own original results, but they are formally prevented (usually by the agreement, letter of understanding, or contractually) from publishing the datasets themselves without permission of the CARI or responsible entitled authors respectively.
     Generally, the users are formally (usually by the agreement, letter of understanding, or contractually) bind to state the acknowledgement to the CzechPolar2 RI in all of their relevant outputs, incl. stating the MEYS and its Large Research Infrastructure Operation Programme as the provider of the public support for CARI’s operational costs.