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Posted: 7 September 2012

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USAP Blue Ribbon Panel report

During a press conference at the National Academy of Sciences on 23 July 2012, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation announced the publication of a new study of future options for logistical support of the U.S. Antarctic Program. 

The report, More and Better Science in Antarctica through Increased Logistical Effectiveness, is now available on the NSF web site.

Posted: 23 July 2012

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The Office Polar Environment, Health and Safety manages and oversees the environmental, safety, and health aspects of research and operations conducted in polar regions.

Survival training for teachers participating in TREC

"Learn To Return" survival training for the 2005 TREC teachers, Fairbanks, Alaska. (Photo by John Sode, TREC 2005, Courtesy of ARCUS)


McMurdo Fire Department conducts a safety drill.

The Antarctic Fire Department responds to a staged fuel spill, simulated by pouring water out of a truck’s tank, as the result of a vehicle accident during an emergency response exercise. All three U.S. Antarctic stations participate in simulated catastrophe drills. (NSF/USAP photo by Emily Stone, Raytheon Polar Services)



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