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Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research


NNA PROPOSAL DEADLINE EXTENDED, March 4. Announcing new NNA Office Hours

The proposal deadline for Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) has been extended to March 4, 2019. Join one of the virtual office hours with NNA Program Officers to learn more about Navigating the New Arctic Solicitation 19-511 and get your questions answered. Continue Reading

New Release thirteen-volume book set and databases titled "Contaminant Behaviour in Freezing Soils and Permafrost, Fate, Transport, and Transformation"

Containing decades of data and studies, this book set and accompanying databases describe the impacts of climate change on the fate and transport of contaminants, the containment of contaminants in frozen ground, and remediation strategies for contaminated sites. Continue Reading

DEADLINE EXTENDED, Feb. 12: Comments sought for OPP Advisory Committee document on research-investment priorities

The OPP Advisory Committee has drafted a succinct and broad synthesis of recommended priorities for OPP research investments in the document. The document, An Advisory Overview for the Office of Polar Programs, is based on reports developed by the science and science-support communities over the past five years. The synthesized priorities will help inform science-funding leadership, other NSF advisory committees and others. OPP's advisory committee invites the broader science and support-communities to review and comment on the document. Continue Reading

Deadline Tomorrow: Next Generation Polar Research Symposium

The Next Generation Polar Research Conference (NGRP-3) is designed to train and network early career polar researchers for interdisciplinary research careers. This week-long symposium will be held at the University of Southern California's Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, CA. Participants from disciplines spanning the natural, physical and social sciences will be competitively selected to participate in dynamic networking opportunity with plenary talks, poster sessions, and professional development training. Continue Reading

IDP Subglacial Access Working Group SCIENCE PLANNING WORKSHOP (Second Announcement)

This is a second announcement for the U.S. Ice Drilling Program (IDP) Subglacial Access Science Planning Workshop in Herndon, Virginia, which will take place on March 29-30, 2019. The primary objective of this workshop is to provide focused feedback from subglacial research community into the IDP Long Range Science Plan. Specifically, we seek to stimulate discussions that will yield a prioritized list of science objectives and associated targets and requirements (sampling, drilling and support needs) for the coming decade for the 2019 update to the IDP Long Range Science Plan. Continue Reading

APPLY NOW Next Generation Polar Research Symposium May 5-11, 2019

NSF-funded Next Generation Polar Research Symposium May 5-11, 2019. Venue: USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island. The Next Generation Polar Research Conference (NGRP-3) is designed to train and network early career polar researchers for interdisciplinary research careers. Travel funding priority will be given to applications received by January 11, 2019. The deadline for all applicants is January 18, 2019. Continue Reading

Isern to Head Antarctic Sciences Section

Alexandra Isern has been named as the new head the Office of Polar Programs' (OPP) Antarctic Sciences Section. She is currently acting section head and will make the transition to the federal Senior Executive Service as she takes on the section head duties permanently. She has served at NSF for seventeen years, nine of which have been in OPP. Continue Reading

American Geophysical Union (AGU) Conference - Arctic Sciences Meeting 2018

Office of Polar Programs' Arctic Sciences Section program directors will provide an overview of staffing changes, program updates, upcoming NSF opportunities of interest to Arctic scientists, and other topics from 11AM to noon on Dec. 10 at the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting in Washington D.C. Continue Reading

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