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Modernization of NSF’s logistics hub in Antarctica ready to move forward

Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science project will overhaul McMurdo Station over the course of a decade

The National Science Board (NSB) has authorized the National Science Foundation (NSF) to move forward with the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS) project. AIMS is planned as a 10-year undertaking to overhaul McMurdo Station into an energy- and operationally efficient platform from which to support world-class science. Through its Office of Polar Programs (OPP), NSF manages the U.S. Antarctic Program, which funds and facilitates the nation's scientific endeavors on the southernmost continent and the waters around it.

Read more information on NSF's press statement:

NSF DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER: Understanding adaptations of Antarctic species - USA

The National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs’ Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems Program has issued a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) to encourage the submission of research proposals that would advance scientific understanding of how Antarctic creatures evolve and adapt to unique and ever-changing Antarctic environments.

The DCL encourages submission of proposals that address the National Academy of Sciences' strategic direction to focus support research activities that address the genetic basis and adaptations for life in Antarctica, as well as NSF Big Ideas emphases on Understanding the Rules of Life, Harnessing the Data Revolution and Convergent Research.

Read the letter here:

Special Issue of Remote Sensing "Remote Sensing of Climatic and Environmental Changes over the Antarctic, Arctic, and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau"

The Antarctic, Arctic, and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP, the so-called Third Pole) have been undergoing unprecedented changes in climate and environment. Extensive research has been conducted either on single processes (such as the cryosphere, climate, hydrology, biogeoscience and ecosystems), or individual regions. Integrated studies are essential and expected to advance our understanding on the potential linkage and interaction among the Three Poles. Remote sensing is capable to provide long-term observational data in large scale, which has great potential to investigate the Three Poles as an entirety.

This Special Issue is seeking integrated research on climatic and environmental changes over the Three Poles, especially coupled processes and the teleconnection, synchronization, and asynchronization among regions, as well as the changes induced over other regions in the earth system. Examples include but are not limited to the contradictive sea ice changes found in the Arctic and Antarctic; sea level rising due to the retreat of the Antarctic sheet, Greenland sheet and the glaciers; snow and ice albedo feedbacks; the freeze/thaw of permafrost and melting of snow and ice; and the spatio-temporal changes of vegetation in the Three Poles.

The Special Issue will also facilitate cross-cutting research on data-model integration, interactions of multiple-spheres of the earth system, and the environmental changes in other regions induced by changes in the Three Poles. New methods/technologies, reviews and future perspectives are also encouraged for submission.

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Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund - Call for proposals 2019 now open

The 5th call for proposals to the Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR) is now open. AWR wishes to contribute to and support the work of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) so that the Antarctic krill fishery is managed in a manner consistent with the precautionary approach detailed in the Convention text. The aims of the AWR have therefore been developed to be consistent with the work of CCAMLR.

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