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Tracteurs ouvrant le convoi du raid ASUMA au départ du Cap Prud’homme
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Three tractors at the head of the ASUMA (Improving the Accuracy of the SUrface Mass balance of Antarctica) expedition convoy on departure from Cape Prudhomme on 1 December 2016 ASUMA is an ANR/IPEV programme under whose auspices a scientific expedition left point D10, five kilometres from the French Dumont d’Urville base in Antarctica, on 1 December 2016, heading towards the centre of the continent. The goal of this programme is in particular to better understand the current evolution of the snow accumulated on the surface of Antarctica from one year to the next. This would make it possible to reduce uncertainty regarding its current regimen and its possible impact on sea levels. The ASUMA expedition took place in an area still largely unknown from a scientific point of view, because very few measurements have been made on the ground. It is a transition zone between the coast and the Antarctic Plateau.