Rigaud to talk at DMC about scientific diving with US Antarctic Program

Christopher Rigaud will provide an inside look at scientific diving with the U.S. Antarctic Program at noon Feb. 13 during a brown-bag seminar in Brooke Hall at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole.

Rigaud is UMaine’s diving operations manager and serves on the Scientific Diving Control Board of the U.S. Antarctic Program.

In 1959, the National Science Foundation established the U.S. Antarctic Program to oversee the research and logistical support of three research stations on the continent: McMurdo Station, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and Palmer Station. Scientific diving that facilitates safe underwater research in extreme polar conditions is an important part of the program’s mission.

Rigaud recently traveled to the McMurdo Station to learn more about the program and environmental demands placed on scientific divers.

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