Update on the United States Antarctic Program

Paper #:
  • 932288

Published:
  • 1993-07-01
Citation:
Roberts, C. and Chiang, E., "Update on the United States Antarctic Program," SAE Technical Paper 932288, 1993, https://doi.org/10.4271/932288.
Pages:
13
Abstract:
The United States Antarctic Program (USAP) is managed by the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF supports a number of scientific research programs on the Antarctic continent and the surrounding oceans, including biology, glaciology, aeronomy and astrophysics, earth sciences, and ocean and climate systems.Antarctica is a difficult region to reach. It is an inhospitable place to live. At the same time, it is a nearly pristine, natural scientific laboratory where much about our planet can be learned. NSF supplies all life support and infrastructure for USAP, including two research vessels, a number of seasonal field camps, and three permanent research stations: McMurdo, South Pole, and Palmer. Last year, we presented a paper introducing ICES to Antarctica (SAE Technical Paper #921128). This paper provides updates and explores new areas of the program.
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