United States
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

Reminder: Virtual Town Hall for NRC Committee on Science Priorities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean

Dear Colleagues,

This is a friendly reminder that the National Research Council (NRC) Committee to Advise NSF Science Priorities for Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research is seeking your input.

This committee is charged to articulate a strategic vision for NSF's investments in Antarctic and Southern Ocean research--anchored by community engagement and input, and building upon the broad vision of key scientific questions identified in the 2011 NRC report "Future Science Opportunities in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean", as well as other relevant efforts such as the SCAR Horizon Scan. The goal of this study is to develop consensus recommendations on priorities for compelling research that could feasibly be undertaken in the coming decade or so, and outline practical steps forward to implement this research.

As input for this study, the committee is drawing widely on the expertise and experience of people across the Antarctic and Southern Ocean science communities. We have held a series of outreach events at various locations across the country, where we hope you may have had an opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas in person. In addition, we've set up an online "Virtual Town Hall" at the link given below, where you are invited to submit your ideas in writing.


This NRC study presents an important opportunity to help shape the future of Antarctic and Southern Ocean research, and we do hope you will submit your comments and ideas. The "Virtual Town Hall" will remain open for just a few more days, until November 20, 2014.

Please feel free to share this email and the link with any of your colleagues who you think may be interested.