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USAP Programmatic Notice
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USAP Blue Ribbon Panel report

Restrictions for use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the United States Antarctic Program

NSF Point of Contact: Mike Scheuermann, Aviation Program Manager, Division of Polar Programs (mscheuer@nsf.gov; Telephone: 703/292-7453

(Posted: 16 September 2014)

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USAP Blue Ribbon Panel report

Section Head for PLR's Polar Environment, Safety and Head Section Appointed.

(30 March 2015)

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USAP Blue Ribbon Panel report

On March 21, 2013, the National Science Foundation issued a summary response to the recommendations of the U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel that was charged with advising NSF on how to improve and streamline its logistical capabilities to more efficiently support world-class Antarctic science.  The response is available at 


The U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel report was released by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation on 23 July 2012 during a press conference at the National Academy of Sciences.

The report, More and Better Science in Antarctica through Increased Logistical Effectiveness, is available at


(Updated:  28 March 2013)

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The Polar Environment, Safety and Health Section (PESH) manages and oversees the environmental, safety, and health aspects of research and operations conducted in polar regions.

Survival training for teachers participating in TREC

"Learn To Return" survival training for the 2005 TREC teachers, Fairbanks, Alaska. (Photo by John Sode, TREC 2005, Courtesy of ARCUS)


McMurdo Fire Department conducts a safety drill.

The Antarctic Fire Department responds to a staged fuel spill, simulated by pouring water out of a truck’s tank, as the result of a vehicle accident during an emergency response exercise. All three U.S. Antarctic stations participate in simulated catastrophe drills. (NSF/USAP photo by Emily Stone, Raytheon Polar Services)


Last updated: 15 September 2014

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