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System Description

POLAR ICE is a web-based data collection and management tool used to support the yearly Antarctic research planning seasons. It is designed to gather information for all phases of the science submission and planning process, including the Operational Request Worksheet (ORW) and Support Information Package (SIP) required by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Industry-standard Internet browsers (i.e., Microsoft Internet Explorer®, Netscape®, Mozilla Firefox®, Apple Safari®) interface with POLAR ICE. After logging in to the system, you interact with web forms according to your security level to perform appropriate planning tasks.

POLAR ICE Planning Cycle

planning cycle

First Time Users

First time users be sure to read all information about POLAR ICE listed below before launching the application.

Release Notice and Security Considerations
User System Requirements
Rules of Behavior Link to PDF file
Feedback Forum
About Launching POLAR ICE
Technical Support


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Curator: Jeffrey Scharf, Antarctic Support Contract   |   NSF Official: Alexandra Isern/Patrick Smith, Division of Polar Programs