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Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research


Antarctic Weather Forecasting Improvement Initiative Started Today

Today, 16 November 2018, the Special Observing Period in the Antarctic started. For the next three months, weather services and international scientists will increase the number of atmospheric and sea-ice observations from different Antarctic land stations, during terrestrial field expeditions and aboard research vessels in the Southern Ocean. The goal of the international Year of Polar Prediction is to improve weather and sea-ice forecasts in the polar regions. Continue Reading

McMurdo Station modernization plans clear significant hurdle

A long-range plan to modernize McMurdo Station, the National Science Foundation's logistics hub in Antarctica, to better support cutting-edge science in the coming decades cleared a major hurdle in the last week of October when a Final Design Review (FDR) of what is envisioned as a 10-year undertaking was conducted. Continue Reading

NEW SOLICITATION: Navigating the New Arctic

The National Science Foundation has issued a new solicitation for research proposals under the rubric of Navigating the New Arctic, one of the agency’s 10 Big Ideas. The solicitation estimates that--pending the availability of the anticipated funding amount of $30 million--25 awards will be made. The deadline for proposals to this solicitation is 5PM (submitter’s local time) on Feb. 14, 2019. Continue Reading

Heard joins Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section

Erin Heard has joined the Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section in the National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs as NSF’s Station Manager, Antarctica. In this role, during the Southern Hemisphere winter, he will provide day-to-day oversight of infrastructure and facilities operations in support of science in and around McMurdo Station, NSF’s logistics hub on the continent. Continue Reading

Office of Polar Programs (OPP) welcomes three new program directors to the Section for Arctic Sciences

The National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs (OPP) welcomes three new program directors to the Section for Arctic Sciences: Gregory J. Anderson, Program Director, Arctic System Sciences; Roberto Delgado, Program Director, Arctic Observing Network; and Colleen Strawhacker, Program Director, Arctic Social Sciences. Continue Reading

Research community encouraged to take part in survey as part of Arctic science portfolio review

The National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs (OPP) is seeking input from the arctic research community for its Arctic Science Section (ARC) Portfolio Review Committee, which is reviewing ARC’s successes as well as potential future changes in the scope and structure of its programs, and the balance of its funding. Survey responses will be anonymous, as the results are identified only by a computer-generated ID number. The survey should take roughly 1-15 minutes to complete. Continue Reading

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: leveraging investments in education and polar science

The Research on Learning (DRL) and Undergraduate Education (DUE) divisions of NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate and the Office of Polar Programs have jointly issued a Dear Colleague Letter to encourage proposals that will leverage NSF’s investment in polar sciences and infrastructure and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education research and development. Continue Reading

Palmer Station pier reconstruction milestone announced

The National Science Foundation will make a major upgrade to the pier at the U.S. Antarctic Program’s Palmer Station, located on Anvers Island on the Antarctic Peninsula. NSF’s Office of Polar Programs (OPP) is currently in the process of finalizing the plans and designs needed to prepare for construction in the coming months. Continue Reading

DEADLINE Aug. 12: Coastlines and People initiative scoping sessions for Sept. 26-28 workshops

Prospective participants are encouraged to apply to attend scoping sessions that will identify priorities for NSF’s Coastlines and People research initiative. Applications are due by Aug. 12 (11:59 pm local time). The workshops will be held Sept. 26-28. Four, simultaneous, three-day scoping sessions will be hosted by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and facilitated by Knowinnovation on NSF’s behalf. Workshop will be held in San Diego, Chicago, and Atlanta. A fourth “virtual” workshop will be scheduled on mountain time. Continue Reading

NSF Office of Polar Programs releases updated polar Code of Conduct

The National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs (OPP) this month issued an updated Code of Conduct that restates important principles and expectations of professional conduct and acceptable behavior for all personnel who deploy to the Arctic or the Antarctic under OPP’s auspices. The code is a “shared statement of commitment to uphold ethical, professional, and legal standards.” Continue Reading

NSF Initiative on Coastlines and People: Apply to Attend Scoping Sessions

You are encouraged to apply to attend Coastlines and People (CoPe) Scoping Sessions to identify priorities for a research initiative focused on coastal regions. Applications are due by August 12, 2018 (11:59pm local time) and the workshops will be held September 26-28, 2018. Continue Reading

DEADLINE Aug. 6: Research community encouraged to participate in survey on future of Antarctic science vessels

An ad hoc subcommittee of the Office of Polar Programs’ Advisory Committee, dealing with the U.S. Antarctic Program’s (USAP) Research Vessel Procurement, is seeking the participation of the research community in reviewing and assessing the science-mission requirements and operational capabilities of replacement Antarctic research vessels. The subcommittee wishes to have all surveys submitted by Aug. 6. Continue Reading

University of Tasmania: Executive Director Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), a specialist institute of the University of Tasmania, is seeking a new Executive Director. The Executive Director will lead the next chapter of the institute’s development to be one of the top three marine research institutes globally with pre-eminence in its fields of expertise. Continue Reading

DEADLINE, July 6: NSF Antarctic station-manager position open

The Office of Polar Programs in NSF’s Directorate for Geosciences is accepting applications for the position of manager at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, the largest U.S. Antarctic research station and the logistics hub for the NSF-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. The station manager provides on-site, day-to-day oversight of the operation of supporting infrastructure and facilities at McMurdo for the execution of the annual program plan and oversee logistics and operations decisions that affect the execution of programs at South Pole and inland field camps. Continue Reading

Reminder - Webinar - TODAY 24 May 1:00 p.m. EDT - research opportunities Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

On May 24th at 1:00-2:30 pm edt, the Polar Research Board will hold a webinar hosted by some leading U.S. representatives to SCAR (Terry Wilson, Deneb Karentz, David Bromwich) to discuss this program development opportunity and the ways that you can best contribute to this process. Continue Reading

Request for Community Input - Draft 2018 Long Range Science Plan (U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office)

Each year the Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) of the U.S. Ice Drilling Program works with its Science Advisory Board and with the research community to update the IDPO Long Range Science Plan. This Plan identifies the science in the coming decade that will require the use of ice drilling technology and expertise for the community. Please read through the draft Long Range Science Plan and send corrections, updates, or additions to Icedrill at Dartmouth.edu ASAP or not later than May 30, 2018. Continue Reading

Microbial Resource System Hands-On training workshop

There is a planned Microbial Antarctic Resource System (mARS) Hands-On training workshop June 17-18 in Davos Switzerland held prior to the Polar18 Meeting. This is a great opportunity to bring both Arctic and Antarctic researchers together to discuss approaches to ecosystem and molecular data sharing. The workshop is open to polar microbial scientists, particularly those generating molecular genomic data sets that they are interested in sharing with the polar research community. Continue Reading

Webinar - 24 May - research opportunities Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is an international body that brings together scientists from around the world for information sharing and research collaboration. A key mechanism of SCAR’s work is the suite of “Scientific Research Programs” that are established for fixed periods of time to catalyze and organize collaborations around particular topics deemed of critical importance by the scientific community. The current suite of Programs are nearing the end of their designated lifetimes, and a next generation of Programs are now being explored. On May 24th at 1:00-2:30 pm edt, the Polar Research Board will hold a webinar to discuss this program development opportunity and the ways that you can best contribute to this process. Continue Reading

Science Assistant sought for National Science Foundation Arctic Sciences

The National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs Arctic Sciences Section is searching for candidates interested in being a science-assistant. The application period opened on April 26 and closes on May 14. For more general information about the range of duties science assistants carry out across the foundation, salary and other information, please see the NSF-wide announcement. Continue Reading

OPP Employment Opportunities - Program Directors

The National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs (OPP) announces a nationwide search for outstanding scientists to fill open Program Director positions to assist in research program management in programmatic areas of Arctic Sciences, Antarctic Sciences, and Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics. Continue Reading