Related Polar Links
ANTARCTIC RELATED LINKS
U.S. Antarctic Program Sites
is the U.S. Antarctic Program's portal for program participants and the public. Related sites are:
- Polar Ice (Participant On-Line Antarctic Resource Information Coordination Environment—an online application, operated by Raytheon Polar Services Company for NSF, to enable researchers to submit annual logistic and support needs and to plan for field research in Antarctica.)
- University NAVSTAR Consortium, Polar Programs (UNAVCO) provides high-precision GPS technology support to the U.S. Antarctic Program. Surveying, mapping, and other GPS support services are available to NSF-funded scientific investigators working in Antarctica.
U.S. Federal Government
Selected NSF-supported Projects
- Links to pages by NSF grantees conducting research in Antarctica. (This page is maintained by Lockheed Martin Antarctic Support Contractor.)
- ANDRILL (ANtarctic geological DRILLing) is a multinational collaboration of more than 200 scientists, students, and educators from five nations (Germany, Italy, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States) to recover stratigraphic records from the antarctic margin using Cape Roberts Project (CRP) technology. The chief objective is to recover a history of paleoenvironmental changes that will guide understanding of how fast, how large, and how frequent glacial and interglacial changes were in Antarctica. Future scenarios of global warming require guidance and constraint from past history that will reveal potential timing frequency and site of future changes.
- Antarctic Meteorology Research Center and Antarctic Weathers Stations Project at University of Wisconsin
- Antarctic Research Facility at Florida State University
- Antarctic Search for Meteorites Program (ANSMET), Case Western Reserve University
- Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (University of Kansas): NSF established the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) as a Science and Technology Center (STC) in 2005. The center combines the expertise of researchers from six universities and several businesses to study and conduct research that will result in the technology necessary to achieve a better understanding of the mass balance of the polar ice sheets and its contribution to global climate change.
- IceCube (University of Wisconsin):
IceCube is a one-cubic-kilometer international high-energy neutrino
observatory installed in the clear deep ice below
the South Pole Station.
- McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-Term Ecologic Research site
- Norwegian-U.S. Traverse of East Antarctica — Polar climate research
- Palmer Station Long-Term Ecological Research site
- Penguin Science — Understanding penguin response to climate and ecosystem change
- POLENET - The Polar Earth Observing Network, is a 28-nation consortium that aims to dramatically improve the coverage of many different kinds of geophysical data across the polar regions of the Earth. It has been endorsed as a core activity of the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008.
- Southern Ocean GLOBEC information
- Subglacial Antarctic Lake Environments (SALE) Program Office (Texas A&M University): SALE focuses on scientific and engineering research of subglacial antarctic lakes.
- South Pole 10-meter telescope (University of Chicago)
- Antarctic Regional Interactions Meteorology Experiment (RIME) A basic and applied research program that is exploring in detail the atmospheric processes over Antarctica and their interactions with lower latitudes via the Ross Sea sector.
- University of Texas, Institute for Geophysics, Research
- U.S. Antarctic Data Coordination Center, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, is supported by NSF/OPP to describe U.S.-funded antarctic data for the international Antarctic Master Directory, which contains thousands of data descriptions from over 20 countries. The Antarctic Master Directory (AMD), a node of the International Directory Network/Global Change Master Directory (IDN/GCMD), is a Web-based, searchable directory containing data descriptions (metadata in the form of DIF entries).
- U.S. International Transantarctic Scientific Expedition (ITASE) (University of Maine)
- The West Antarctica Ice Sheet Initiative (WAIS)
- What's cool about WAIS? A new multimedia site that offers videotaped interviews with key researchers who explain such topics as ice stream dynamics and understanding the role of the polar regions in regulating the global climate, as well as a glossary of terms. Researchers and media specialists at NASA's Gooddard Space Flight Center produced the site. (Requires Flash Paper.)
- WAISCORES: Deep Ice Coring in West Antarctica (currently, off line)
- WAIS Divide Ice Core Project (Desert Research Institute and University of New Hampshire): WAIS Divide is a NSF-funded deep ice coring project in West Antarctica and the second component to the larger WAISCORES project.
- WISSARD: Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling is an integrative study of ice-sheet stability and subglacial geobiology in West Antarctica, funded in 2009 by the Antarctic Integrated System Science Program of National Science Foundation’s Division of Polar Programs, Antarctic Sciences Sciences. There are 13 Principal Investigators at eight U.S. institutions, with additional U.S. and international collaborators.
Antarctic Treaty Related Information and Organizations
- United States Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Office, serves as a focal point for U.S. activities and participation in international Science Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). The National Academies of Science Polar Research Board serves as the U.S. National Committee to SCAR. The current (as of 2005) U.S. representatives to SCAR are Mahlon Kennicutt, Texas A&M University, and Terry Wilson, Ohio State University.
- Antarctic Treaty Secretariat, the official secretariat for the Antarctic Treaty, is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The web site includes links to the web sites of all Consultative Party members and the annual Antarctic Exchange of Information.
- Handbook of the Antarctic Treaty System
includes the text of the Antarctic Treaty, the Protocol on Environment Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Seals, the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, measures [recommendations] that further the principles and objectives of the Treaty, and the text of and information on the Convention for the Regulation of Antarctic Mineral Resource Activities, which has not been ratified by any state.
There is a list of Recommendations, Measures, Decisions and Resolutions adopted at successive Consultative Meetings in the introductory section, which also gives the month, year and place of each meeting. The handbook is currently maintained by the U.S. Department of State.
- Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources oversees the implementation of the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Living Resources (CCAMLR), which is part of the Antarctic Treaty System and is concerned with conserving marine life in the Southern Ocean.
- Council of Managers of Antarctic National Programs (COMNAPS): This site provides information about and links to all Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties national antarctic programs.
- Antarctic Non-government Activities: Information about non-government expeditions from the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition, Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories.
- Site Guidelines for visitors, Antarctic Treaty Secretariat. Specific insturctions on the conduct of activities at the most frequently visited Antarctic sites.
- Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR): The interdisciplinary committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU). SCAR charged with initiating, promoting, and coordinating scientific research in Antarctica. It also provides scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty System. The web site includes links to SCAR working groups, groups of specialists, and other relevant information.
- Committee for Environmental Protection: The committee, established in 1998 by the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, provides advice and formulates recommendations to the Antarctic Treaty Parties in connection with
the implementation of the Protocol and performs other functions referred to it by the Antarctic Treaty Consultative
Meetings. On their web site, a full copy of the Environmental Protocol and an archive of antarctic protected sites are maintained.
ARCTIC RELATED LINKS
Arctic Research Program Sites
U.S. Federal Government
Selected NSF-supported Projects
- Alaska Native Knowledge Network
- Alaska Native Science Commission
- Arctic Long-Term Ecology Research site
- Arctic Region Supercomputing Center at University of Alaska
- Bering Ecosystems Science
- Geophyiscal Institute, University of Alaska-Fairbanks
- Greenland Environmental Observatory at Summit (GEOSummit) is a year-round arctic sampling station funded by NSF. It is located at the top of Greenland Ice Sheet.
- Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at University of Colorado
- Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska-Fairbanks
- Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) is a summer science and culture opportunity for students and teachers from the United States, Denmark, and Greenland. During two field-based programs (the Greenland-led Kangerlussuaq Science Field School and the U.S.-led Arctic Science Education Week) teachers and students come together to learn about the research conducted in Greenland and the logistics involved in supporting the research. They conduct experiments first-hand and participate in inquiry-based educational activities.
- North Pole Environmental Observatory (Polar Science Center, Applied Physics Laboratory/University of Washington; Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory/NOAA; Japan Marine Science and Technology Center; and Oregon State University)
- SEARCH: Study of Environmental Arctic Change is an interagency effort to understand the nature, extent, and future development of the system-scale change presently seen in the Arctic. These changes are occurring across terrestrial, oceanic, atmospheric and human systems.
- Toolik Lake Field Station
- Greenland Summit Camp (The scientific research station, located at the peak of the Greenland ice sheet and supported by the National Science Foundation. The camp operates year-round supporting studies of air-snow interactions—knowledge of which is crucial for interpreting data from ice cores both drilled in the area and elsewhere.)
- Field Notes (CH2MHILL Polar Field Services' newsletter covering arctic field research.)
- Witness the Arctic (Witness the Arctic, a biannual newsletter, provides information on current arctic research and finds, significant research initiatives, national policy affecting arctic research, international activities, and profiles of institutions with major arctic research efforts.)
- Arctic Research Mapping Application (ARMAP) is a suite of online, interactive maps and services that support Arctic science.
POLAR REGIONS RELATED LINKS
International Polar Year
U.S. Federal Government
- U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs is the DOS focal point for foreign policy formulation and implementation in global environment, science, and technology issues, including arctic and antarctic policy.
- Air National Guard of New York, 109th Air Wing provides air support to the U.S. Antarctic Program and to U.S. researchers working in Greenland.
- Earth System Research Laboratory: Global Monitoring Division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), US Army Corps of Engineers.
- National Snow and Ice Data Coordination Center, University of Colorado.
- National Ice Center (a multi-agency operational center representing the U.S. Navy, NOAA, and Coast Guard, which provides worldwide sea ice analyses and forecasts to government and private organizations.
- NASA Goddard Space Flight Center — Earth Sciences Division
- National Ice Core Laboratory
- National Marine Mammals Laboratory (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Polar Ecosystems Program: This program conducts research and monitoring on pinnipeds (seals) in the Arctic, sub-Arctic, and Antarctic marine ecosystems.
National and International Organizations
- Polar Research Board, National Academy of Sciences
- Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
- Polar Libraries Colloquy
- PolarWeb (A guide to Internet resources dealing with the lands and waters surrounding the North Pole and the South Pole. The Polar Web is a collaborative project of the Polar Libraries Colloquy and the EU Arctic Information Centre initiative, at the University of Lapland, Finland.)
- Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia
- Antarctic Heritage Trust, Christchurch, New Zealand. The Trust, based in New Zealand, is engaged in a long-term cold conservation project to protect the explorers' legacy; the bases and the artefacts they left behind, for current and future generations.
- Polar Science Center at Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington
- Ice Drilling Program Office/Ice Drilling Design and Operations , Dartmouth College, University of New Hampshire, and University of Wisconsin. The Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) and the Ice Drilling Design and Operations group (IDDO) were established by NSF in October 2008 to coordinate long-term and short-term planning in collaboration with the U.S. ice science community and to supply ice drilling and ice coring support and expertise for NSF-funded research.
- Byrd Polar Research Center , Ohio State University
- U.S. Polar Rock Repository (Supported by NSF, the repository will house rock collections of U.S. scientists from Antarctica and the Arctic, along with materials such as field notes, annotated aerial photos and maps, raw analytic data, paleomagnetic cores, ground rock and mineral residues, thin sections, and microfossil mounts, microslides, and residues)
- Polar Geospatial Center, University of Minnesota, is funded by the NSF's Office of Polar Programs. It supports USAP by providing geospatial support and analysis to federally-funded scientists and USAP logistics and operations and also serves the Arctic and Antarctic as a data resource, map repository, and GIS service provider for researchers.
- Antarctic and Arcitc Data Consortium, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, is a collaboration of research centers and support organizations that provide polar scientists with data and tools to complete their research objectives. From searching historical weather observations to submitting geologic samples, polar researchers use the a2dc to search and contribute to polar scientific and geospatial data.
- Cold Regions Bibliography Project is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) under an NSF cooperative agreement (OPP 99-09727) to the American Geological Institute (AGI). AGI maintains the Antarctic Bibliography and the Bibliography on Cold Regions Science and Technology. From 1951 to 1998, the Library of Congress was responsible for the project. This earlier information can be found at the Cold Regions Bibliography Project, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
- Polar Web (a cooperative project of the Polar Libraries Colloquy and the Arctic Center at the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland)
- Directory of Polar and Cold Regions Organizations, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
- PolarTrec is an educational research experience, funded by the National Science Foundation and managed by the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S., in which K-12 teachers participate in polar research, working closely with scientists to improve science education.
- The Polar Hub
is the official website of the Polar Learning and Responding (PoLAR) Climate Change Education Partnership. Besides featuring the latest in polar climate science, news, and research, the Hub provides information on educational resources focused on polar climate change, including the games, activities, and other novel tools developed by the PoLAR Partnership.
The PoLAR Partnership is supported by a 5-year grant from NSF's Division of Undergraduate Education.
Last updated: 4 March 2014