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Media Advisory 05-007

NSF Invites Media to Observe Arctic Field Experiment

Ocean circulation effects on gobal climate to be measured

March 31, 2005

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting written requests from professional journalists to observe a long-term experiment in Nares Strait between northern Greenland and Ellesmere, Canada, that researchers hope will help clarify how freshened water exits the Arctic Ocean and affects climate throughout the world’s oceans. The research will help scientists understand the interactions of Arctic Ocean ice and atmosphere and their effects on global climate.

Application Deadline: Applications must be received no later than April 15, 2005. SBI is a part of the NSF's Arctic System Science program (ARCSS).

The science team will retrieve and re-deploy a series of moorings through the ice across and along the Strait as part of the observation program. Journalists will live for a period of days at the scientific base camp on the shore of northern Greenland and be flown to observe the mooring operations on the sea ice.

The camp and moorings are located in an area that also is historically significant in early Arctic exploration and science, including the ill-fated U.S. Army Greely expedition, undertaken in the first International Polar Year (IPY) in 1882-1883.  Intensive planning for international research is currently underway for the 2007-2008 IPY.

Selected journalists will spend about 1 week to 10 days in early May en route to camp and observing the science.

U.S. media receive preference in selection.

Application: Applicants must submit no more than two typed pages detailing why they wish to cover this cruise. A selection committee of Arctic program science and logistics personnel and media officers from NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA) will review all proposals and select the finalists. The committee looks for proposals that indicate an understanding of the nature and challenges of NSF's scientific enterprise in the Arctic and the desire to communicate that to the public.

Proposals from print, television, and radio journalists, as well as from online news operations, are welcome. U.S. mass media that serve primarily language-minority audiences are strongly encouraged to apply.

Costs: Reporters or their employers pay for round-trip transportation to—and accommodations in—Resolute, Nunavut, Canada. NSF furnishes cold-weather clothing solely for use in the field, as well as housing, transportation and food while on the mission, at no cost to the reporters.

How To Apply: Contact NSF (by phone or by e-mail) as soon as possible to express interest and to obtain background materials. Freelancers must supply on their employer's letterhead evidence of a firm commitment to publish or air their work.

Send the letter and any supporting materials (such as a limited number of clips or videotaped segments) to:

National Science Foundation,
Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1245
Arlington, VA 22230
Attn: Dena Headlee


Media Contacts
Dena Headlee, NSF, (703) 292-7739, email:

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