CSafe Global, a temperature-controlled container solutions provider, has gone to the ends of the Earth to ensure the samples gathered by the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) are protected on their journey from Antarctica to the United States.
The USAP is managed by the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs (OPP), with logistical and operational support provided by Antarctic Support Contract prime contractor Leidos. OPP supports world-class Arctic and Antarctic science through researchers across the U.S.
Scientists collect samples to be shipped back to their home institutions for further analysis. The types of samples range from ocean floor sediment cores to fish larvae to midges – a small wingless fly. The cost of conducting research in Antarctica is sizable, making the value of each sample being transported equally significant.
Each sample requires precise temperature control from the moment it is extracted until it is safely in a lab in the U.S. with the necessary environmental conditions for analysis. And depending on the type of material in each sample, some must be maintained at refrigerated or sub-zero temperatures.
“This is a new and unique use of our CSafe Parcel line and we are proud to be involved in these important scientific endeavours,” noted Emilio Frattaruolo, CSafe Global VP of innovation, passive systems. “We hope the USAP research will help drive global sustainability efforts and preserve our planet for generations to come.”