A Strategic Vision for NSF Investments in Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research: Recommendations of a New Study from the National Academes of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015: 10:27
103 (Moscone South)
Robert A Weller, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, United States, Robin E Bell, Lamont -Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY, United States and Laurie Geller, National Academy of Sciences, Polar Research Board, Washington, DC, United States
A Committee convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine carried out a study (at the request of NSF’s Division of Polar Programs) to develop a strategic vision for the coming decade of NSF’s investments in Antarctic and Southern Ocean research. The study was informed by extensive efforts to gather ideas from researchers across the United States. This presentation will provide an overview of the Committee’s recommendations—regarding an overall strategic framework for a robust U.S. Antarctic program, regarding the specific areas of research recommended as highest priority for NSF support, and regarding the types of infrastructure, logistical support, data management, and other critical foundations for enabling and adding lasting value to the proposed research .