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Massive Iceberg Breaks From Pine Island Glacier
Monday February 17, 2020
Last week, a massive iceberg broke from Pine Island Glacier, one of Antarctica's largest glaciers, which flows into the Amundsen Sea. Pine Island Glacier calving events appear to be occurring more frequently....

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The NSF Research Vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer Diverted For Rescue Operation
Monday February 17, 2020
The RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer, currently supporting the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration project, diverted from science operations on February 13th to aid another vessel stuck in heavy ice. Rescue oprations were completed...

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NSF Statement on the Outbreak of 2019-nCoV (Coronavirus)
Friday January 31, 2020
The outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV (coronavirus), is of serious concern to the Office of Polar Programs, which supports thousands of researchers, operational personnel, and other visitors to remote stations in...

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Side by Side
Monday November 25, 2019
In a relatively rare occurrence, the NSF Antarctic research vessels Laurence M. Gould and Nathaniel B. Palmer lie alongside one another at Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula. The last time they...

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Two-million-year-old Ice Provides Snapshot of Earth's Greenhouse Gas History
Thursday November 07, 2019
Two-million-year old ice from the Allan Hills region of Antarctica recently uncovered by a team of researchers provides a clearer picture into the connections between greenhouse gases and climate in the ancient...

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Rowell Joins OPP as Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Program Manager new item Feb 17, 2020

Rowell Joins OPP as Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Program Manager

W. Andrew Rowell, a graduate of The Citadel Military College of South Carolina, has joined OPP's Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) Section as logistics program manager. Prior to joining AIL, he was the Services and Logistics Division Chief for HQ Air Force, Secretary of the Air Force Administrative Assistant Operations Directorate (SAF/AAO) at The Pentagon.


Gregory Joins OPP as Antarctic Transportation Program Manager Dec 18, 2019

Gregory Joins OPP as Antarctic Transportation Program Manager

Stuart Gregory, a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, has joined OPP's Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) Section as transportation program manager. Immediately prior to coming to AIL, he was the business operations director at the Air Force Office of Energy Assurance (OEA), where he helped to increase energy resilience at Air Force installations.


Moore to Join Antarctic Sciences Section
Safety and Occupational Health Manager Position Available

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A site map of the proposed new McMurdo Station taken from the NSF Blue Ribbon Panel Report

Take a look at the National Science Foundation's plans for the future of science and logistics in Antarctica.