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.

Polar also provides polar facilities and logistical support for that research. NSF social media policy: http://bit.ly/smpnsf

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Farewell Polar Facebook family. Thank you for all the support over the years. Keep exploring! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ - Office of Polar...
08/04/2021

Farewell Polar Facebook family.

Thank you for all the support over the years. Keep exploring! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

- Office of Polar Programs

#Farewell #WeWillMissYou #Polar #Science #Arctic #Antarctica #USAP

📷: J. Meng (American Museum of Natural History)

Farewell Polar Facebook family.

Thank you for all the support over the years. Keep exploring! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

- Office of Polar Programs

#Farewell #WeWillMissYou #Polar #Science #Arctic #Antarctica #USAP

📷: J. Meng (American Museum of Natural History)

The South Pole Telescope (SPT) is the largest radio telescope ever built in Antarctica. It stands 22.8 meters (75 feet) ...
08/04/2021

The South Pole Telescope (SPT) is the largest radio telescope ever built in Antarctica. It stands 22.8 meters (75 feet) tall and 10 meters (33 feet) across, weighing 280 tons!

Since its first observations in 2007, SPT has continued to gather cutting-edge research to answer some of the most compelling questions in science, including 'what is the origin of the Universe?'

Not only does it help researchers understand the cosmos, but it also makes for a pretty great picture with auroras!

📷: Matthew Young

#AntarcticScience #Antarctica #NSFfunded #Science #Astronomy

The South Pole Telescope (SPT) is the largest radio telescope ever built in Antarctica. It stands 22.8 meters (75 feet) tall and 10 meters (33 feet) across, weighing 280 tons!

Since its first observations in 2007, SPT has continued to gather cutting-edge research to answer some of the most compelling questions in science, including 'what is the origin of the Universe?'

Not only does it help researchers understand the cosmos, but it also makes for a pretty great picture with auroras!

📷: Matthew Young

#AntarcticScience #Antarctica #NSFfunded #Science #Astronomy

Polar bear sighting!Staff in Utqiaġvik, Alaska, observed a polar bear from a distance on near-shore sea ice. The sea ice...
08/04/2021

Polar bear sighting!

Staff in Utqiaġvik, Alaska, observed a polar bear from a distance on near-shore sea ice. The sea ice in the area has remained close to shore, which is about two weeks later in the season for the past decade. This has been good news for polar bears but bad news for boats landing at Utqiaġvik.

📷: Martin Edwardsen

#Arctic #PolarBear #Ice #Nature #Animals #Alaska

Polar bear sighting!

Staff in Utqiaġvik, Alaska, observed a polar bear from a distance on near-shore sea ice. The sea ice in the area has remained close to shore, which is about two weeks later in the season for the past decade. This has been good news for polar bears but bad news for boats landing at Utqiaġvik.

📷: Martin Edwardsen

#Arctic #PolarBear #Ice #Nature #Animals #Alaska

At Summit Station, Greenland, researchers have installed boreholes as part of the Radio Neutrino Observatory in Greenlan...
08/03/2021

At Summit Station, Greenland, researchers have installed boreholes as part of the Radio Neutrino Observatory in Greenland (RNO-G).

The RNO-G is a European-led effort to construct a large, ground-based radio array at Summit Station to make the first detection of the highest energy astrophysical neutrinos. The result will enable real-time communications and data monitoring, leading to earlier first science results and early multi-messenger astrophysics studies.

#Arctic #ArcticScience #Ice #Physics #Research The University of Chicago

Join us for an epic journey back in time. To a prehistoric world now covered in ice. To Dinosaurs of Antarctica.  On Sat...
08/03/2021

Join us for an epic journey back in time. To a prehistoric world now covered in ice. To Dinosaurs of Antarctica.

On Saturday, August 21 from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm, meet scientists who explore Antarctica's glaciers on a quest to uncover the past and learn how to draw a dinosaur with the team behind the comic, The Time Traveling Dinosaur Detectives of Antarctica.

All ages are welcome! Learn more at https://awesome-con.com/programming/event/dinosaurs-of-antarctica-screening-and-qa/.

#Antarctica #AwesomeCon #DC #Dinosaurs #Comics #FilmFest #ScienceFair

Join us for an epic journey back in time. To a prehistoric world now covered in ice. To Dinosaurs of Antarctica.

On Saturday, August 21 from 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm, meet scientists who explore Antarctica's glaciers on a quest to uncover the past and learn how to draw a dinosaur with the team behind the comic, The Time Traveling Dinosaur Detectives of Antarctica.

All ages are welcome! Learn more at https://awesome-con.com/programming/event/dinosaurs-of-antarctica-screening-and-qa/.

#Antarctica #AwesomeCon #DC #Dinosaurs #Comics #FilmFest #ScienceFair

ICYMI: Starting August 4, the fantastic photos and exciting stories you enjoy here will be found on NSF’s main social me...
08/02/2021

ICYMI: Starting August 4, the fantastic photos and exciting stories you enjoy here will be found on NSF’s main social media accounts. Check out the full suite at https://www.nsf.gov/social/.

Want even more? Sign up for the OPP newsletter: https://bit.ly/3gHqVhk.

You can continue to look for US Antarctic Program (USAP) news and stories on the USAP.gov (https://www.usap.gov/) and Antarctic Sun (https://antarcticsun.usap.gov/) websites.

To all our followers: THANK YOU for your support, and we hope you continue to show your support on these NSF channels!

#SocialMedia #News

ICYMI: Starting August 4, the fantastic photos and exciting stories you enjoy here will be found on NSF’s main social media accounts. Check out the full suite at https://www.nsf.gov/social/.

Want even more? Sign up for the OPP newsletter: https://bit.ly/3gHqVhk.

You can continue to look for US Antarctic Program (USAP) news and stories on the USAP.gov (https://www.usap.gov/) and Antarctic Sun (https://antarcticsun.usap.gov/) websites.

To all our followers: THANK YOU for your support, and we hope you continue to show your support on these NSF channels!

#SocialMedia #News

Happy #NationalColoringBookDay!Did you know that we have polar coloring pages for kids (and adults)? Celebrate the day b...
08/02/2021

Happy #NationalColoringBookDay!

Did you know that we have polar coloring pages for kids (and adults)? Celebrate the day by coloring one or more:
⛴ Arctic Research Vehicle Sikuliaq:https://www.nsf.gov/news/classroom/images/siquliak_v02.pdf
🐧 Emperor penguins:https://www.nsf.gov/news/classroom/images/penguins.pdf
🐧 Adelie penguins:https://www.nsf.gov/news/classroom/images/Adelie_penguin_coloring_page_v2_2_Apr16_v04.pdf

We love to see your works of art so drop a pic of your colorful creation in the comments!

#ArcticScience #AntarcticScience #Penguin #Research #Ship #ColoringBook #Color

Happy #NationalColoringBookDay!

Did you know that we have polar coloring pages for kids (and adults)? Celebrate the day by coloring one or more:
⛴ Arctic Research Vehicle Sikuliaq:https://www.nsf.gov/news/classroom/images/siquliak_v02.pdf
🐧 Emperor penguins:https://www.nsf.gov/news/classroom/images/penguins.pdf
🐧 Adelie penguins:https://www.nsf.gov/news/classroom/images/Adelie_penguin_coloring_page_v2_2_Apr16_v04.pdf

We love to see your works of art so drop a pic of your colorful creation in the comments!

#ArcticScience #AntarcticScience #Penguin #Research #Ship #ColoringBook #Color

NEWS: NSF selects Roberta Marinelli as director of the Office of Polar ProgramsThe National Science Foundation (NSF) has...
08/02/2021

NEWS: NSF selects Roberta Marinelli as director of the Office of Polar Programs

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Dr. Roberta Marinelli to serve as director of the Office of Polar Programs, overseeing Arctic and Antarctic research and operational support for polar facilities.

Dr. Marinelli brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position, having served in OPP as a program director in Antarctic Biology and Medicine (1997-2000) and in Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems (2005-2011). Her deep understanding of NSF’s fundamental role in creating opportunities for the research community and supporting polar science research infrastructure has led to advanced international partnerships to improve Antarctic research capabilities.

Read more about Dr. Marinelli at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=303098&org=OPP.

#News #Employee #WorkWithUs #NSFstaff

NEWS: NSF selects Roberta Marinelli as director of the Office of Polar Programs

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Dr. Roberta Marinelli to serve as director of the Office of Polar Programs, overseeing Arctic and Antarctic research and operational support for polar facilities.

Dr. Marinelli brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position, having served in OPP as a program director in Antarctic Biology and Medicine (1997-2000) and in Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems (2005-2011). Her deep understanding of NSF’s fundamental role in creating opportunities for the research community and supporting polar science research infrastructure has led to advanced international partnerships to improve Antarctic research capabilities.

Read more about Dr. Marinelli at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=303098&org=OPP.

#News #Employee #WorkWithUs #NSFstaff

We just want to give a quick shoutout to our friends at Antarctica New Zealand!  Antarctica NZ is located adjacent to th...
08/01/2021

We just want to give a quick shoutout to our friends at Antarctica New Zealand!

Antarctica NZ is located adjacent to the Christchurch Airport offices, the International Antarctic Centre and warehouses for the U.S. Antarctic Program. Perhaps most importantly, it is also by the airport from which our LC-130s, C-17s and other planes leave to fly to Antarctica.

Christchurch is located about 3,920km, or 2,400 miles, to McMurdo Station on the coast of Antarctica. The flight can take anywhere from five to seven hours, depending on the plane and weather conditions. And sorry to say, there isn't any first-class!

📷: David Kennedy

#Antarctica #NewZealand #Logistics #MilitaryPlane

We just want to give a quick shoutout to our friends at Antarctica New Zealand!

Antarctica NZ is located adjacent to the Christchurch Airport offices, the International Antarctic Centre and warehouses for the U.S. Antarctic Program. Perhaps most importantly, it is also by the airport from which our LC-130s, C-17s and other planes leave to fly to Antarctica.

Christchurch is located about 3,920km, or 2,400 miles, to McMurdo Station on the coast of Antarctica. The flight can take anywhere from five to seven hours, depending on the plane and weather conditions. And sorry to say, there isn't any first-class!

📷: David Kennedy

#Antarctica #NewZealand #Logistics #MilitaryPlane

08/01/2021
The use of tree-ring records and river gauge data to study the Arctic

Arctic Ocean sea ice has been declining for decades. As the ice retreats, more open water is exposed, which reduces the amount of light reflected back from the Arctic and leads to further Arctic warming and sea ice loss. This feedback loop amplifies the warming across Arctic regions, changing the regular connections between river water and atmospheric circulation.

Modern observations of Arctic river flow rarely extend back more than a few decades, which is too short to fully understand the long-term trends in freshwater flow. Researchers from the The University of Arizona and the University of New Hampshire are helping to fill this gap by utilizing tree-ring records and river gauge data in the Arctic to reconstruct and study multi-century fluctuations of water, heat, and energy flow to the Arctic Ocean.

Check out this video explaining the research ⬇️

🎥:

#Arctic #ArcticScience #Ice #Tree #Rings #Research

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but school...it's almost back in session. But before teachers and students head b...
07/31/2021

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but school...it's almost back in session. But before teachers and students head back to the classroom, the School of Ice is in!

The School of Ice provides professional development workshops for faculty from minority-serving institutions, training participants to understand paleo-climate evidence derived from ice cores. It also provides participants with the opportunities and training to acquire the skills necessary to bring this exciting inquiry into new and existing Earth and environmental science classes on their campuses.

Learn more about School of Ice and other Ice Drilling Program education and outreach opportunities at http://icedrill-education.org/school-of-ice/.

📷: Louise Huffman

#STEM #Ice #IceCore #IceIceBaby #Eduction #ProfessionalDevelopment

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but school...it's almost back in session. But before teachers and students head back to the classroom, the School of Ice is in!

The School of Ice provides professional development workshops for faculty from minority-serving institutions, training participants to understand paleo-climate evidence derived from ice cores. It also provides participants with the opportunities and training to acquire the skills necessary to bring this exciting inquiry into new and existing Earth and environmental science classes on their campuses.

Learn more about School of Ice and other Ice Drilling Program education and outreach opportunities at http://icedrill-education.org/school-of-ice/.

📷: Louise Huffman

#STEM #Ice #IceCore #IceIceBaby #Eduction #ProfessionalDevelopment

Job Opportunity: Biologist, Environmental Program ManagerThe Office of Polar Programs is seeking qualified candidates fo...
07/31/2021

Job Opportunity: Biologist, Environmental Program Manager

The Office of Polar Programs is seeking qualified candidates for a Biologist (Environmental Program Manager) position in Alexandria, VA.

The Environmental Program develops policy and provides guidance and oversight for environmental stewardship of research, operations, and logistics to enable research and educational activities. Current knowledge of environmental science and engineering is applied to ensure that NSF research and related activities in Polar Regions are environmentally sound.

Learn more about the position and how to apply at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/609328300.

📷: Peter Rejcek

#WorkWithUs #NSFjobs #FedJobs #Government

Job Opportunity: Biologist, Environmental Program Manager

The Office of Polar Programs is seeking qualified candidates for a Biologist (Environmental Program Manager) position in Alexandria, VA.

The Environmental Program develops policy and provides guidance and oversight for environmental stewardship of research, operations, and logistics to enable research and educational activities. Current knowledge of environmental science and engineering is applied to ensure that NSF research and related activities in Polar Regions are environmentally sound.

Learn more about the position and how to apply at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/609328300.

📷: Peter Rejcek

#WorkWithUs #NSFjobs #FedJobs #Government

Are you looking to get involved? Are you supposed by and impacted by the Arctic Data Center? The Arctic Data Center Scie...
07/30/2021

Are you looking to get involved? Are you supposed by and impacted by the Arctic Data Center? The Arctic Data Center Scientist Advisory Board is perfect for you!

The Arctic Data Center is actively soliciting nominations for three new members of their Science Advisory Board. The board collectively provides broad expertise in areas across research, engineering, and education in the Arctic, and is structured to be diverse and broadly representative of the Arctic research and education community.

Nominations and self-nominations from any community members are welcome! Visit https://arcticdata.io/science-advisory-board/ to learn more and submit nominations by August 6, 2021.

#ArcticScience #Data #Research #Nomination #JoinUs

Are you looking to get involved? Are you supposed by and impacted by the Arctic Data Center? The Arctic Data Center Scientist Advisory Board is perfect for you!

The Arctic Data Center is actively soliciting nominations for three new members of their Science Advisory Board. The board collectively provides broad expertise in areas across research, engineering, and education in the Arctic, and is structured to be diverse and broadly representative of the Arctic research and education community.

Nominations and self-nominations from any community members are welcome! Visit https://arcticdata.io/science-advisory-board/ to learn more and submit nominations by August 6, 2021.

#ArcticScience #Data #Research #Nomination #JoinUs

IMPORTANT SURVEY! 🚨 YOUR FEEDBACK IS NEEDED! Last week we asked you all to share who you are, and we are so grateful for...
07/30/2021

IMPORTANT SURVEY! 🚨 YOUR FEEDBACK IS NEEDED!

Last week we asked you all to share who you are, and we are so grateful for your responses! We want to take this a step further and get to know a little bit more about each of you.

We have put together a short survey to let us know your role within the polar community, your preferred communications channels, and what OPP content you are interested in receiving! The survey should only take 5 minutes and will help us provide better, more valuable information to you and others in the polar community.

The survey can be accessed at https://bit.ly/3fd2nNu.

And, as a thank you, here's a picture of a walrus!

IMPORTANT SURVEY! 🚨 YOUR FEEDBACK IS NEEDED!

Last week we asked you all to share who you are, and we are so grateful for your responses! We want to take this a step further and get to know a little bit more about each of you.

We have put together a short survey to let us know your role within the polar community, your preferred communications channels, and what OPP content you are interested in receiving! The survey should only take 5 minutes and will help us provide better, more valuable information to you and others in the polar community.

The survey can be accessed at https://bit.ly/3fd2nNu.

And, as a thank you, here's a picture of a walrus!

RESEARCH UPDATE: Connecting Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches in Environmental ObservingA new paper was published by #NS...
07/30/2021

RESEARCH UPDATE: Connecting Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches in Environmental Observing

A new paper was published by #NSFfunded researchers looking at effective responses to rapid environmental change based on observations. In the literature review of 124 programs across the globe and surveys from 30 Arctic community-based monitoring programs, researchers compared top-down, large-scale program-driven approaches with bottom-up approaches initiated and steered at the community level.

Read the paper at https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/71/5/467/6238581.

#ArcticScience #Science #Research #Community

RESEARCH UPDATE: Connecting Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches in Environmental Observing

A new paper was published by #NSFfunded researchers looking at effective responses to rapid environmental change based on observations. In the literature review of 124 programs across the globe and surveys from 30 Arctic community-based monitoring programs, researchers compared top-down, large-scale program-driven approaches with bottom-up approaches initiated and steered at the community level.

Read the paper at https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/71/5/467/6238581.

#ArcticScience #Science #Research #Community

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Directions to visit the Office of Polar Programs are identical to those to visit the National Science Foundation, as described here: http://www.nsf.gov/about/visit/. The Office of Polar Programs is location in Room 755.

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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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