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Diving Robots Find Antarctic Seas Exhale Surprising Amounts of Carbon Dioxide in Winter
News  /  Wednesday August 15, 2018
The open water nearest the sea ice surrounding Antarctica releases significantly more carbon dioxide in winter than previously believed, a new study has found....

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McMurdo's Satellite Tracking Station is a Critical Link in Global Observing Network
News  /  Wednesday August 15, 2018
Technicians at NSF's McMurdo Station, Antarctica were the first in the world to receive data from NASA's GRACE-FO satellites, launched in May to track water movement across the globe....

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Researchers Recover Two-Million-Year-Old Antarctic Ice, Containing a Trove of Pollen, Dust and, Possibly, DNA
News  /  Monday August 6, 2018
A team of NSF funded researchers has brought home from the distant mountains of Antarctica samples of two-million-year-old ice, some of the oldest ever discovered and more than twice as old as...

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Relentless Nature at Work in Antarctica
News  /  Monday July 30, 2018
High winds drove snow and battered NSF's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station during a streak of bad weather that lasted for weeks in June. One storm in particular formed a gigantic sastrugi, or...

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DEADLINE August 6th: Research Community Encouraged to Participate in Survey on the Future of Antarctic Science Vessels
News  /  Tuesday July 24, 2018
An ad hoc subcommittee of the Office of Polar Programs' Advisory Committee is seeking the participation of the research community in reviewing the requirements and capabilities of replacement Antarctic research vessels....

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NSF Office of Polar Programs Releases Updated Polar Code of Conduct Jul 30, 2018

NSF Office of Polar Programs Releases Updated Polar Code of Conduct

The National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs (OPP) this month issued an updated Code of Conduct that restates important principles and expectations of professional conduct and acceptable behavior for all personnel who deploy to the Arctic or the Antarctic under OPP's auspices.

NSF Antarctic Station-Manager Position Open: Deadline, July 6, 2018 Jun 14, 2018

NSF Antarctic Station-Manager Position Open: Deadline, July 6, 2018

The Office of Polar Programs in NSF's Directorate for Geosciences is accepting applications for the position of manager at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, the largest U.S. Antarctic research station and the logistics hub for the NSF-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. The deadline for application is July 6, 2018

NSF Seeks Antarctic Sciences Section Head: Deadline, May 29, 2018
Dear Colleague Letter: Office of Polar Programs (OPP), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) Employment Opportunities - Program Directors (Open Until Filled)


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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.