Updates from NSF's Arctic Research Support and Logistics Program


The NSF Arctic Research Support and Logistics (RSL) program funded an Arctic Field Safety Risk Management Workshop on 4-5 February 2014 to initiate a discussion of Arctic field safety risk management. Over 50 participants attended representing diverse academic disciplines, facility managers, university risk management offices, and field support providers and incorporating experiences from across the Arctic. A pre-publication draft of the workshop report will be available online in March 2015. The final publication will be released in Spring 2015 and announced via ArcticInfo and other information channels.

For more information, see the workshop webpage or contact Renée Crain (rcrain [at] nsf.gov) or Pat Haggerty (phaggert [at] nsf.gov).

Arctic Research Support Opportunities and Events

To increase the efficiency of travel for U.S. researchers attending Ilulissat Climate Days 2015, NSF and NASA are co-sponsoring a flight on the 109th Air National Guard. The flight departs 31 May 2015 from Stratton Air Force Base to Kangerlussuaq. The return flight, from Kangerlussuaq to Stratton, is 6 June 2015. Individuals are responsible for their travel to Ilulissat and for all lodging and expenses associated with travel. Only the flight on the 109th Air National Guard is covered. The closest commercial airport to Stratton is in Albany, New York. The deadline for abstract submissions was 13 February 2015. The deadline for accommodation request is Sunday, 1 March 2015.

This flight is for NSF and NASA-funded researchers, their students, and related research personnel. This flight is not appropriate for spouses or others not affiliated with NSF and NASA-funded research. To arrange use of this flight, please contact Kyli Cosper (kyli [at] polarfield.com).

More information about traveling to and within Greenland is available here. For questions, please contact your funding program manager or Renée Crain (rcrain [at] nsf.gov).

The 11th Annual Polar Technology Conference (PTC) will convene 24-26 March 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The primary purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for polar scientists and technology developers to exchange information on research system operational needs and technology solutions that have been successful in polar environments. This exchange of knowledge helps to address issues of design, implementation, and deployment for systems that are to achieve their research goals in polar regions. More information about the conference, online registration, and abstract submission instructions is available here.