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NOTICE: OPP Science Support and Operational Changes in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Tuesday March 31, 2020
The Office of Polar Programs (OPP) recognizes the particular challenges that COVID-19 poses for the polar research community. Please read the following notice, which includes information about the Arctic and the U.S....

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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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The Antarctic Sun is the official source for news of the United States Antarctic Program and US Antarctic Stations.

Program Announcements

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DEADLINE April 27: Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems Program Director Vacancy new item Mar 31, 2020

DEADLINE April 27: Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems Program Director Vacancy

The National Science Foundation is seeking a qualified candidate for an Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems (AOE) program director's position within its Office of Polar Programs (OPP) Antarctic Sciences Section at NSF's Alexandria, Va. Headquarters.

Rowell Joins OPP as Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Program Manager 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
Moore to Join Antarctic Sciences Section


Special Report

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.