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A First-Hand Account of a Uniquely Antarctic New Year Ceremony
News  /  Friday January 12, 2018
In an annual ritual unique to Antarctica, personnel at NSF's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station on January 1, 2018 unveiled the new marker that designates the geographic South Pole....

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Atmospheric Observations at the South Pole
News  /  Tuesday January 16, 2018
The two-story Atmospheric Research Observatory building houses a long-term research program carried out by the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory Global Monitoring Division. NOAA/ESRL measures long-term trends of gases and aerosols and...

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NPR Host Gets Tips from Antarctica for How to Stay Warm During the Bomb Cyclone
News  /  Friday January 5, 2018
The "bomb cyclone" has hit the eastern U.S. causing flight cancelations and power outages. On Jan. 5, Keri Nelson, at NSF's Palmer Station, Antarctica, discussed with All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro...

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"Learning By Doing" at the Bottom of the World
News  /  Friday January 5, 2018
Through a grant to the Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth College, OPP supports two opportunities for U.S. high-school students to travel to the polar regions and participate in hands-on and inquiry-based...

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Policy Against Harassment Affirmed Jan 31, 2018

Policy Against Harassment Affirmed

The Office of Polar Programs (OPP), which manages the U.S. Antarctic Program, has issued a policy statement that affirms that the program "is committed to providing a safe and respectful work environment, free of any form of harassment."

MacDonald joins Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section Jan 24, 2018

MacDonald joins Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section

Brian MacDonald has joined OPP's Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) Section as Capital Planning Manager. MacDonald will work closely with AIL experts to implement a long-range capital plan to insure the nation's Antarctic stations continue to support world-leading science well into the future.

NSF seeks Program Director, Arctic Systems Sciences Program: Applications Due January 29 Dec 19, 2017

NSF seeks Program Director, Arctic Systems Sciences Program: Applications Due January 29

The NSF is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Program Director for the Arctic Sciences Section (ARCSS) Program in the Office of Polar Programs (OPP), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) in Alexandria, VA. The Office of Polar Programs is responsible for planning, funding, and implementing scientific research programs in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions.


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 Foundations's plans for the future of science and logistics in Antarctica.

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International Jazz Day is celebrated at South Pole Station

Video: International Jazz Day is Celebrated at South Pole Station

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