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U.S. Antarctic Program Sites

  • is the U.S. Antarctic Program's portal for program participants and the public. Related sites are:
    • Polar Ice (Participant On-Line Antarctic Resource Information Coordination Environment—an online application, operated by Raytheon Polar Services Company for NSF, to enable researchers to submit annual logistic and support needs and to plan for field research in Antarctica.)
  • University NAVSTAR Consortium, Polar Programs (UNAVCO) provides high-precision GPS technology support to the U.S. Antarctic Program. Surveying, mapping, and other GPS support services are available to NSF-funded scientific investigators working in Antarctica.

U.S. Federal Government

Selected NSF-supported Projects

Antarctic Treaty Related Information and Organizations

  • United States Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Office, serves as a focal point for U.S. activities and participation in international Science Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). The National Academies of Science Polar Research Board serves as the U.S. National Committee to SCAR. The current (as of 2005) U.S. representatives to SCAR are Mahlon Kennicutt, Texas A&M University, and Terry Wilson, Ohio State University.
  • Antarctic Treaty Secretariat, the official secretariat for the Antarctic Treaty, is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The web site includes links to the web sites of all Consultative Party members and the annual Antarctic Exchange of Information.
  • Handbook of the Antarctic Treaty System includes the text of the Antarctic Treaty, the Protocol on Environment Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Seals, the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, measures [recommendations] that further the principles and objectives of the Treaty, and the text of and information on the Convention for the Regulation of Antarctic Mineral Resource Activities, which has not been ratified by any state. There is a list of Recommendations, Measures, Decisions and Resolutions adopted at successive Consultative Meetings in the introductory section, which also gives the month, year and place of each meeting. The handbook is currently maintained by the U.S. Department of State.
  • Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources oversees the implementation of the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Living Resources (CCAMLR), which is part of the Antarctic Treaty System and is concerned with conserving marine life in the Southern Ocean.
  • Council of Managers of Antarctic National Programs (COMNAPS): This site provides information about and links to all Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties national antarctic programs.
  • Antarctic Non-government Activities: Information about non-government expeditions from the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition, Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories.
  • Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR): The interdisciplinary committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU). SCAR charged with initiating, promoting, and coordinating scientific research in Antarctica. It also provides scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty System. The web site includes links to SCAR working groups, groups of specialists, and other relevant information.
  • Committee for Environmental Protection: The committee, established in 1998 by the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, provides advice and formulates recommendations to the Antarctic Treaty Parties in connection with the implementation of the Protocol and performs other functions referred to it by the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings. On their web site, a full copy of the Environmental Protocol and an archive of antarctic protected sites are maintained.

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Arctic Research Program Sites

U.S. Federal Government

Selected NSF-supported Projects

Information Resources

  • Polar Resources Newsletter (CH2MHILL Polar Services' newsletter covering arctic field research; published weekly during the arctic summer research season and monthly during the winter.)
  • CH2MHILL Polar Services Arctic Photo Album
  • Witness the Arctic (Witness the Arctic, a biannual newsletter, provides information on current arctic research and finds, significant research initiatives, national policy affecting arctic research, international activities, and profiles of institutions with major arctic research efforts.)
  • Arctic Research Mapping Application (ARMAP) is a suite of online, interactive maps and services that support Arctic science.


International Polar Year

U.S. Federal Government

National and International Organizations


  • Polar Science Center at Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington
  • Ice Coring and Drilling Services, University of Wisconsin-Madison. ICDS provides ice-coring and drilling services to NSF-sponsored researchers both in polar regions and at high-altitude sites and maintains, operates, and develops new ice-coring systems when needed.
  • Byrd Polar Research Center , Ohio State University
    • U.S. Polar Rock Repository (Supported by NSF, the repository will house rock collections of U.S. scientists from Antarctica and the Arctic, along with materials such as field notes, annotated aerial photos and maps, raw analytic data, paleomagnetic cores, ground rock and mineral residues, thin sections, and microfossil mounts, microslides, and residues)
  • Arctic and Antarctic Research Center, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (an archive of more than 70,000 satellite overpasses of the Arctic and Antarctic)
  • Polar Geospatial Center, University of Minnesota, is funded by the NSF's Office of Polar Programs. It supports USAP by providing geospatial support and analysis to federally-funded scientists and USAP logistics and operations and also serves the Arctic and Antarctic as a data resource, map repository, and GIS service provider for researchers.

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