The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries announced that the Antarctic Jang Bogo Science Station, an outpost for Antarctic research in Korea, celebrated its 10th anniversary this year.
The Antarctic Jang Bogo Science Station, established in Terra Nova Bay, East Antarctica on February 12, 2014, is the second science base established by Korea in Antarctica following the Sejong Science Station.
The Jang Bogo Science Station played a significant role in research on Antarctic glaciers and the continent as it was easier to access the center of Antarctica than the Sejong Science Station located on King George Island at 62 degrees south latitude.
Korean researchers have conducted full-scale glacier research through the Jang Bogo Science Station in Antarctica over the past 10 years.
For the first time in the world, we have identified the collapse process of the Antarctic ice shelf, a hundreds of meters thick ice mass connected to the Antarctic continental glacier, which is a major factor in sea level change.
The research team also studied the Thwaites Glacier together with the United States and the United Kingdom, and through research on the Nansen Ice Shelf, they laid the foundation for a sea level rise prediction system, including suggesting a new standard for the ice shelf stability assessment model.
Furthermore, we conducted meteorite-geological research and glacier-cryosphere research through Antarctic meteorite exploration, and set a record for drilling on the world's fourth thickest ice shelf to explore the ice-covered ocean.
Last year, we also succeeded in pioneering Korea's own land route from Jang Bogo Station to Antarctica's inland research base.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Antarctic Jang Bogo Science Base, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries released the 'Jang Bogo Font' developed through a handwriting contest and made it available for free download from the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries website.
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