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RESEARCH UPDATE: The Paris Climate Agreement and future sea-level rise from Antarctica
Monday May 10, 2021
The world is currently on track to exceed three degrees Celsius of global warming, and new NSF-funded research led by researchers at the UMass Amherst shows that such a scenario would drastically...

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NSF Blog: The Glacier of Greatest Concern
Friday April 23, 2021
Antarctica's massive Thwaites Glacier is melting and its collapse could raise sea levels significantly around the world. Through the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.K. Natural...

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New Pier to be Constructed in 2021-2022 at Palmer Station
Thursday April 22, 2021
The National Science Foundation is moving ahead with plans to rebuild the pier at Palmer Station, its research facility on Anvers Island, Antarctica. The new pier will be more than three times...

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NOVA Explores Mt. Erebus Volcano
Saturday April 10, 2021
Most people associate Antarctica with snow and ice, but perhaps the most extreme geographic feature of the continent is Mount Erebus, one of Antarctica's two active volcanoes and the southernmost active volcano...

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UAVs Monitor Cape Crozier's Adelie Penguin Colonies
Saturday April 10, 2021
Antarctica's Cape Crozier is one of the biggest Adelie penguin colonies in the world. The colony is home to an estimated 600,000 penguins, but getting an accurate count is difficult....

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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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Margaret Knuth appointed Chief Program Manager for the U.S. Antarctic Program new item May 10, 2021

Margaret Knuth appointed Chief Program Manager for the U.S. Antarctic Program

Ms. Margaret Knuth has been appointed to be the Chief Program Manager for the U.S. Antarctic Program, where she will manage and oversee operations and logistics across USAP stations, field sites, gateways, and port facilities. She will also lead USAP's logistics collaborations with other National Antarctic Programs, and serve on the USAP Executive Management Board. This position is part of the Section for Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics at NSF.

U.S. Antarctic Program develops Sexual Assault/Harassment Prevention and Response (SAHPR) Program Apr 22, 2021

U.S. Antarctic Program develops Sexual Assault/Harassment Prevention and Response (SAHPR) Program

The NSF Office of Polar Programs has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Federal Consulting Group. The agreement contracts a team of experts to assist the NSF in the creation of a U.S. Antarctic Program Sexual Assault/Harassment Prevention and Response program.

Tammy Perkins joins the Office of Polar Programs as Business Manager for the U.S. Antarctic Program
Appointment of Dr. Maria Vernet, Program Director, Organisms and Ecosystems


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.