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Sub-Glacial Lake Steering Committee


Develop a plan to organize and hold a workshop or series of workshops that will inform development of an implementation plan for studying Antarctic sub-glacial lakes. Other organizations in NSF are to be encouraged to participate at every opportunity — e.g. funding, expertise, implementation, etc. The workshops should be structured to bring out the likely interplay between science goals and technology requirements: The goals should define the requirements but the state of the technology may proscribe the goals. The workshops should include appropriate international and interagency participation and should at a minimum identify, discuss, and make recommendations concerning the following topics:

  • primary and secondary science goals
  • associated instrumentation requirements
  • level of biological isolation required for each approach to meeting the various goals
  • technology R&D necessary
  • sequence in which science goals should be attached
  • logistics requirements
  • site selection criteria, taking into consideration
  • any other topics deemed significant by the committee

Your planning activity should be timed to influence both longer-range plans and also FY-02 activities, to the extent that is possible.

This is an exciting opportunity and if we plan it well enough and early enough it has the potential for excellent scientific pay off. I wish you every success and look forward to periodic reports to Erick, Dennis and myself on your progress so far.

Karl Erb
Karl Erb
Director, Office of Polar Programs
National Science Foundation
3 July 2001

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Julie Palais, Glaciology Program Manager
Polly Penhale, Antarctic Biology & Medicine Program Manager

Committee Members
Scott Borg, Antarctic Geology & Geophysics Program Manager
Arthur Brown, Manager, Specialized Support
Joyce Jatko, Environmental Officer
Deneb Karentz, Antarctic Biology & Medicine Associate Program Manager
Brian Stone, Research Support Manager
Junku Yuh, Program Manager, Office of International Science and Engineering, Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences Directorate

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