Office of Polar Programs - National Science Foundation

Office of Polar Programs - National Science Foundation The National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs supports world-class arctic and antarctic science through grants to researchers across the U.S.
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As winter sets in at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, changes are being made. Maybe the most important change? Coverin...
05/11/2021

As winter sets in at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, changes are being made. Maybe the most important change? Covering up all of the windows with plywood and cardboard.

Covering windows is essential each winter to keep light pollution seeping to the outside from the station as low as possible. Reducing light pollution is critical to the science being conducted, which uses extremely sensitive cameras to monitor auroras. Any stray light from the station could compromise the data.

But it's no fun to just stare and blank wood all winter! So, over time, those wintering over have painted colorful designs on the window covers to bring some art, and a festive atmosphere, to the South Pole.

📷: NSF/Josiah Horneman

#LifeOnTheIce #Antarctica #Winter #SouthernLights

On May 18, join OPP at the Rockville Science Center's Science Café to learn more about the U.S. Antarctic Program!Bev Wa...
05/11/2021

On May 18, join OPP at the Rockville Science Center's Science Café to learn more about the U.S. Antarctic Program!

Bev Walker, a Science Analyst in OPP, will take you on an adventure to learn about the world-class science supported in Antarctica and what researchers are studying on the southern-most continent.

Learn more and register at https://www.meetup.com/Rockville-RSC/events/277881906/.

📷: Vasilii Petrenko (University of Rochester)

#AntarcticScience #Antarctica #Event

On May 18, join OPP at the Rockville Science Center's Science Café to learn more about the U.S. Antarctic Program!

Bev Walker, a Science Analyst in OPP, will take you on an adventure to learn about the world-class science supported in Antarctica and what researchers are studying on the southern-most continent.

Learn more and register at https://www.meetup.com/Rockville-RSC/events/277881906/.

📷: Vasilii Petrenko (University of Rochester)

#AntarcticScience #Antarctica #Event

REMINDER: The deadline for submitting proposals for the Arctic Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants is May ...
05/11/2021

REMINDER: The deadline for submitting proposals for the Arctic Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants is May 17, 2021. See below for more ⬇

#ArcticScience #FundingOpportunity #NSFfunded

New Solicitation: Arctic Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (Arctic DDRIG)

The Arctic Sciences Section in the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) is now accepting proposals for Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIGs) to conduct dissertation-level research about and related to the Arctic region. The Programs that are currently accepting DDRIG proposals are the Arctic Social Sciences (ASSP), Arctic System Science (ARCSS), and Arctic Observing Network (AON) Programs.

This solicitation is designed to support early-career scientists and the program will also advance research capacity in Arctic sciences, promote workforce development, and enhance diversity and inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

For more information on the program and solicitation: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505741

05/10/2021
UTUQAQ: The Changing Arctic Ice

The Arctic is changing.

Narrated in Kalaallisut (West Greenlandic), UTUQAQ follows four researchers as they battle sub-zero temperatures and use ice as a window through time to help understand the changing Arctic climate.

Watch the full video at https://fieldofvision.org/utuqaq.

🎥: Iva Radivojević

#ArcticScience #Ice #Documentary #Greenland @FieldofVisionUnit

Margaret Knuth appointed Chief Program Manager for the U.S. Antarctic ProgramMs. Margaret Knuth has been appointed to be...
05/10/2021

Margaret Knuth appointed Chief Program Manager for the U.S. Antarctic Program

Ms. Margaret Knuth has been appointed to be the Chief Program Manager for the U.S. Antarctic Program, where she will manage and oversee operations and logistics across USAP stations, field sites, gateways, and port facilities. She will also lead USAP’s logistics collaborations with other National Antarctic Programs, and serve on the USAP Executive Management Board. This position is part of the Section for Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics at NSF.

Ms. Knuth brings to the position more than eight years of experience as the Antarctic Operations Manager, where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of operations at all three USAP stations, including responsibility for fleet, fire response, waste management, fuels, heavy traversing, and airfields. She also has extensive experience in international collaboration, having twice served as a U.S. delegate to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, been a member of the 2020 United States Antarctic Treaty Inspection team, and served as a delegate to the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs.

Prior to joining NSF, Maggie was a research engineer with the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, where she primarily focused on solving engineering and operations issues for both the U.S. Arctic and Antarctic Programs as well as advising Army and Navy efforts on engineering challenges in polar regions.

Margaret Knuth appointed Chief Program Manager for the U.S. Antarctic Program

Ms. Margaret Knuth has been appointed to be the Chief Program Manager for the U.S. Antarctic Program, where she will manage and oversee operations and logistics across USAP stations, field sites, gateways, and port facilities. She will also lead USAP’s logistics collaborations with other National Antarctic Programs, and serve on the USAP Executive Management Board. This position is part of the Section for Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics at NSF.

Ms. Knuth brings to the position more than eight years of experience as the Antarctic Operations Manager, where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of operations at all three USAP stations, including responsibility for fleet, fire response, waste management, fuels, heavy traversing, and airfields. She also has extensive experience in international collaboration, having twice served as a U.S. delegate to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, been a member of the 2020 United States Antarctic Treaty Inspection team, and served as a delegate to the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs.

Prior to joining NSF, Maggie was a research engineer with the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, where she primarily focused on solving engineering and operations issues for both the U.S. Arctic and Antarctic Programs as well as advising Army and Navy efforts on engineering challenges in polar regions.

Antarctic krill are an essential component of the food web around Antarctica. They feed on phytoplankton, and then becom...
05/10/2021

Antarctic krill are an essential component of the food web around Antarctica. They feed on phytoplankton, and then become prey for penguins, seals, whales and fish. Despite their critical role, little is known about their behavior and response to rising sea water temperatures.

#NSFfunded research is working to develop an empirical and theoretical understanding of how different environmental conditions drive krill reproduction and, as a result, populations.

Using samples of Antarctic krill collected in late winter/early spring, summer and early fall, researchers are assessing the reproductive development stages of individual females. These data are then modeled against climate and oceanographic data to answer multiple questions on krill reproduction.

📷: NSF/Kyle Hoppe

#AntarcticScience #NationalShrimpDay #KrillOut

Antarctic krill are an essential component of the food web around Antarctica. They feed on phytoplankton, and then become prey for penguins, seals, whales and fish. Despite their critical role, little is known about their behavior and response to rising sea water temperatures.

#NSFfunded research is working to develop an empirical and theoretical understanding of how different environmental conditions drive krill reproduction and, as a result, populations.

Using samples of Antarctic krill collected in late winter/early spring, summer and early fall, researchers are assessing the reproductive development stages of individual females. These data are then modeled against climate and oceanographic data to answer multiple questions on krill reproduction.

📷: NSF/Kyle Hoppe

#AntarcticScience #NationalShrimpDay #KrillOut

Have you checked out the latest National Science Foundation (NSF) "The Discovery Files" podcast? Featuring OPP research,...
05/07/2021

Have you checked out the latest National Science Foundation (NSF) "The Discovery Files" podcast?

Featuring OPP research, the latest episode "Ware & Tare" explores the U.S. research team conducting dental check-ups on Arctic Foxes. Researchers are hoping to learn more about the diets of Arctic Foxes, and how it could be an indicator of the changing Arctic environment.

Listen now at https://nsf.gov/news/mmg/mmg_disp.jsp?med_id=187280&from=search_list

📷: Sokolov Aleksandr (Институт экологии растений и животных УрО РАН, Plant and Animal Ecology Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Ural Department)

#ArcticScience #fox #NSFfunded

Have you checked out the latest National Science Foundation (NSF) "The Discovery Files" podcast?

Featuring OPP research, the latest episode "Ware & Tare" explores the U.S. research team conducting dental check-ups on Arctic Foxes. Researchers are hoping to learn more about the diets of Arctic Foxes, and how it could be an indicator of the changing Arctic environment.

Listen now at https://nsf.gov/news/mmg/mmg_disp.jsp?med_id=187280&from=search_list

📷: Sokolov Aleksandr (Институт экологии растений и животных УрО РАН, Plant and Animal Ecology Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Ural Department)

#ArcticScience #fox #NSFfunded

Hey educators! Have you heard of PolarTREC?PolarTREC is an educational research experience, funded by the NSF and manage...
05/07/2021

Hey educators! Have you heard of PolarTREC?

PolarTREC is an educational research experience, funded by the NSF and managed by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS), providing opportunities for K-12 teachers to participate in polar research.

For over 10 years, PolarTREC has provided more than 170 teachers the unique opportunity to work with scientists in the polar regions. After which, they can bring their experiences into the classroom. Learn more about the program at https://www.polartrec.com/.

📷: Robert Oddo (PolarTREC participant/ARCUS)

#TeacherAppreciationWeek #STEMeducation #ArcticResearch #AntarcticResearch U.S. Department of Education

Hey educators! Have you heard of PolarTREC?

PolarTREC is an educational research experience, funded by the NSF and managed by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS), providing opportunities for K-12 teachers to participate in polar research.

For over 10 years, PolarTREC has provided more than 170 teachers the unique opportunity to work with scientists in the polar regions. After which, they can bring their experiences into the classroom. Learn more about the program at https://www.polartrec.com/.

📷: Robert Oddo (PolarTREC participant/ARCUS)

#TeacherAppreciationWeek #STEMeducation #ArcticResearch #AntarcticResearch U.S. Department of Education

RESEARCH UPDATE: The Paris Climate Agreement and future sea-level rise from AntarcticaThe world is currently on track to...
05/07/2021

RESEARCH UPDATE: The Paris Climate Agreement and future sea-level rise from Antarctica

The world is currently on track to exceed three degrees Celsius of global warming, and new #NSFfunded research led by researchers at the UMass Amherst shows that such a scenario would drastically accelerate the pace of sea-level rise by 2100.

If the rate of global warming continues on its current trajectory, we will reach a tipping point by 2060. However, the paper reveals that there still appears to be an opening for humankind to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions to prevent this mid-century acceleration in sea-level rise.

Learn more about the work at https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/new-modeling-antarctic-ice-sheet-shows.

📷: James Yungel (NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

#AntarcticResarch #ParisClimateAgreement #Antarctica #Glacier International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration

RESEARCH UPDATE: The Paris Climate Agreement and future sea-level rise from Antarctica

The world is currently on track to exceed three degrees Celsius of global warming, and new #NSFfunded research led by researchers at the UMass Amherst shows that such a scenario would drastically accelerate the pace of sea-level rise by 2100.

If the rate of global warming continues on its current trajectory, we will reach a tipping point by 2060. However, the paper reveals that there still appears to be an opening for humankind to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions to prevent this mid-century acceleration in sea-level rise.

Learn more about the work at https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/new-modeling-antarctic-ice-sheet-shows.

📷: James Yungel (NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

#AntarcticResarch #ParisClimateAgreement #Antarctica #Glacier International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration

How do you get from the tropical jungles of Borneo to the Greenland Ice Sheet? Listen to the latest AAAS Science & Techn...
05/06/2021

How do you get from the tropical jungles of Borneo to the Greenland Ice Sheet? Listen to the latest AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships podcast with Dr. Roberto Delgado to find out!

Dr. Delgado currently serves as the program director for the Arctic Observing Network (AON) in the NSF Office of Polar Program and co-leads the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee's (IARPC) Environmental Intelligence Collaboration Team.

Learn more about his career and journey around the globe at https://www.aaaspolicyfellowships.org/blog/podcast-tropical-jungles-arctic-dr-roberto-delgado.

#ArcticScience #Jungle #STEM #CareerPath #Podcast

How do you get from the tropical jungles of Borneo to the Greenland Ice Sheet? Listen to the latest AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships podcast with Dr. Roberto Delgado to find out!

Dr. Delgado currently serves as the program director for the Arctic Observing Network (AON) in the NSF Office of Polar Program and co-leads the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee's (IARPC) Environmental Intelligence Collaboration Team.

Learn more about his career and journey around the globe at https://www.aaaspolicyfellowships.org/blog/podcast-tropical-jungles-arctic-dr-roberto-delgado.

#ArcticScience #Jungle #STEM #CareerPath #Podcast

From 1968 to 1984, the main research vessel of the U.S. Antarctic Program was The Hero. Named after one of the ships of ...
05/06/2021

From 1968 to 1984, the main research vessel of the U.S. Antarctic Program was The Hero. Named after one of the ships of Nathaniel B. Palmer's 1820 trip to Antarctica, The Hero was 125 feet long, operated with 760 horsepower, and even had auxiliary sails.

For nearly 20 years, The Hero carried scientists and supplies to Antarctica, and navigated the Southern Ocean off the Antarctic Peninsula assisting researchers conducting science at the bottom of the world.

Today, the U.S. Antarctic Program has two research vessels, the Laurence M. Gould and Nathaniel B. Palmer, to assist in research and transportation.

📷: NSF/William Curtsinger

#AntarcticScience #ThrowbackThursday #Ships #ResearchVessel

From 1968 to 1984, the main research vessel of the U.S. Antarctic Program was The Hero. Named after one of the ships of Nathaniel B. Palmer's 1820 trip to Antarctica, The Hero was 125 feet long, operated with 760 horsepower, and even had auxiliary sails.

For nearly 20 years, The Hero carried scientists and supplies to Antarctica, and navigated the Southern Ocean off the Antarctic Peninsula assisting researchers conducting science at the bottom of the world.

Today, the U.S. Antarctic Program has two research vessels, the Laurence M. Gould and Nathaniel B. Palmer, to assist in research and transportation.

📷: NSF/William Curtsinger

#AntarcticScience #ThrowbackThursday #Ships #ResearchVessel

Happy #TeacherAppreciationWeek!We are grateful for all the teachers, from preschool to university who inspire kids and a...
05/05/2021

Happy #TeacherAppreciationWeek!

We are grateful for all the teachers, from preschool to university who inspire kids and adults alike to engage in STEM and polar research.

To help out our teachers, OPP has made available classroom resources for all ages, focused on Arctic and Antarctic research, animals, and exploration. Check them out at https://www.nsf.gov/news/classroom/arcticantarctic.jsp.

#STEMeducation #ThankATeacher #Education U.S. Department of Education

Happy #TeacherAppreciationWeek!

We are grateful for all the teachers, from preschool to university who inspire kids and adults alike to engage in STEM and polar research.

To help out our teachers, OPP has made available classroom resources for all ages, focused on Arctic and Antarctic research, animals, and exploration. Check them out at https://www.nsf.gov/news/classroom/arcticantarctic.jsp.

#STEMeducation #ThankATeacher #Education U.S. Department of Education

DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER: Update on NSF's Efforts to Improve the Inclusion of Local and Indigenous Voices in Arctic Researc...
05/05/2021

DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER: Update on NSF's Efforts to Improve the Inclusion of Local and Indigenous Voices in Arctic Research

NSF Programs supporting Arctic Research greatly appreciate the formal and informal feedback recently provided by local and Indigenous communities and Arctic researchers. In this letter, NSF describes some of the actions taken to support Indigenous individuals and organizations to become more engaged in NSF's funding process; to improve the relationship among the agency, NSF-funded Principal Investigators (P*s), and local and Indigenous peoples living in the Arctic; and to improve the ability for NSF-funded investigators to incorporate Indigenous knowledge into their projects.

Read the full DCL at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21077/nsf21077.jsp.

#ArcticScience #DearColleagueLetter

DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER: Update on NSF's Efforts to Improve the Inclusion of Local and Indigenous Voices in Arctic Research

NSF Programs supporting Arctic Research greatly appreciate the formal and informal feedback recently provided by local and Indigenous communities and Arctic researchers. In this letter, NSF describes some of the actions taken to support Indigenous individuals and organizations to become more engaged in NSF's funding process; to improve the relationship among the agency, NSF-funded Principal Investigators (P*s), and local and Indigenous peoples living in the Arctic; and to improve the ability for NSF-funded investigators to incorporate Indigenous knowledge into their projects.

Read the full DCL at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21077/nsf21077.jsp.

#ArcticScience #DearColleagueLetter

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The National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs (OPP) manages and makes awards for basic research and related operational support in the Arctic and the Antarctic. The awards are made to institutions (mainly U.S. universities), whose scientists perform the research either at the institutions themselves or in the field, and as cooperative agreements or contracts to support organizations including contractors and the U.S. military. NSF has a Presidential mandate to manage the U.S. Antarctic Program through Memorandum 6646, signed by President Reagan in 1982: http://www.nsf.gov/geo/opp/ant/memo_6646.jsp NSF also chairs the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC): http://www.nsf.gov/geo/opp/arctic/iarpc/start.jsp OPP has two science sections- one for the Arctic and the Antarctic. A third section manages the logistics and support operations including field stations, camps, laboratories, ships, and airplanes. Environmental, health and safety issues are handled by the Polar Environment, Health and Safety Section.

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