Habitat Project, research in extreme environments
The “Habitat” project will be executed by the Institute of Health Studies of the Arturo Prat University. originates from the opportunity in the region, Faced with the global shortage of research stations in extreme environments to achieve the habitability of human beings on other planets.
There is great interest for global and national aerospace development to install research stations in the Tarapacá region. This opportunity arises from the link with American organizations in this area of development and that consider that the region meets two important requirements: Geography, that presents diverse extreme environments (marine, height, desert) in a small geographic area, and local research capabilities that are based on contributions to knowledge, of reference for NASA and the associativity with the SeaSpace Exploration & Research Society, Inc., (SSRS) (Society for Research and Exploration of Space and Sea). On the other hand, the Institute of Health Studies of the Arturo Prat University aims, the study of one of the extreme conditions (height) through the development of different lines of research.
The installation of these research stations, the interaction with scientists and technicians from North America and Europe is the opening of a great opportunity for the region, that will bring as benefits, the incorporation of advanced technologies, human capital, improvement of critical mass, and positioning of the region in frontier research and platforms for future interactions and innovation. Further, the research will attract scientists from all areas and from different parts of the world, allowing the interdisciplinary integration and potential development within the Arturo Prat University of disciplines such as: Marine Biology, Desert Agriculture, Biotechnology, Engineering, among other.
The totality of the impact areas is unpredictable and open. With the support of the Regional Government, this FIC project will position the region in the scientific, educational and social area.