Solar-Terrestrial Research in Polar Regions: Past, Present, and Future (2014)
Research in the polar regions supports the high-latitude observations needed to understand fundamental aspects of coupling between the solar wind and Earth’s atmosphere, ionosphere, and magnetosphere (AIM). The vast geographical regions in both hemispheres provide access to a broad range of geophysical phenomena, spanning magnetic and geographic latitudes from the sub-auroral zone to the polar caps, and altitudes from the troposphere to near-Earth space. This report aims to bring together diverse, but ultimately related, scientificc communities to map out goals for the direction of AIM polar research in the next 5 to 10 years. Comprehensive reviews of current polar research frame prioritize in future science topics to be addressed, taking logistical concerns into consideration. This study is timely as recent National Academy reports identify key questions driving scientificc research in Antarctica, and underscore the need for development of a large-scale observing and modeling networks to expand scientificc understanding and ensure continued success of research in Antarctica. All figures in this report are in the public domain or undergoing copyright clearance.
More and Better Science in Antarctica through Increased Logistical Effectiveness (2012)
In October 2011, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation initiated a major review of the U.S. Antarctic Program to examine U.S. logistical capabilities likely to be needed in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean during the next two decades and to seek ways to enhance logistical efficiency to support world-class science. The Panel conducted an independent review of the current U.S. Antarctic Program to identify and characterize a range of options for supporting and implementing the required national scientific endeavors, international collaborations, and strong U.S. presence in Antarctica. The results of this review and the panel’s recommendation are published in the report, More and Better Science in Antarctica through Increased Logistical Effectiveness.
Lessons and Legacies if the International Polar Year 2007-2008 (2012)
View the webinar recording with authoring committee co-chairs, Julie Brigham-Grette and Robert Bindschadler (1 hour 9 minutes). International Polar Year 2007-2008 (IPY) was an intense, coordinated field campaign of observations, research, and analysis. IPY engaged the public to communicate the relevance of polar research to the entire planet, strengthened connections with the Indigenous people of the Arctic, and established new observations… More >>
Future Science Opportunities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean (2011)
Although the icy landscape of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean may seem distant, scientific research in this region can yield insights on changes that are important to the entire planet. The Antarctic region also holds the promise of novel discovery: ice and sediment records hold clues to Earth’s history, the region’s living organisms may hold genetic secrets to surviving in extreme environments, and the Antarctic plateau offers an unparalleled… More >>
Autonomous Polar Observing Systems Workshop (2010)
The NSF-supported Autonomous Polar Observing Systems (APOS) workshop, held in Potomac, Maryland on September 30- October 1, 2010, brought together 78 polar investigators, engineers, and technical and logistical experts to review the scientific motivations and discuss measurement requirements for instrument deployment and data collection at high latitudes. A particular focus of this workshop was the need for measurements in remote regions devoid of the infrastructure to support traditional instrumentation programs…. More >>