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The polar regions (Arctic and Antarctic) offer unique opportunities to conduct research and education  in a wide range of fields, including astronomy and astrophysics, oceanography, geology, glaciology, biology and climate studies. NSF provides the facilities, research infrastructure and logistics to support researchers advancing the frontiers in these and other vital areas of science and engineering.

14 Research Assets Found :: Polar

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Nathaniel B. Palmer research vessel

Research Vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer

The Research Vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer supports research throughout the Southern Ocean region, particularly in the Ross Sea near McMurdo Station....

Type: Facilities & Networks
Research vessel Laurence Gould in Antarctica

Research Vessel Laurence M. Gould

The R/V Laurence M. Gould is an ice-strengthened, multi-disciplinary research platform designed for year-round polar operations....

Type: Facilities & Networks
Palmer Station, Antarctica, at sunrise

Palmer Station

Palmer Station is located on a protected harbor on the southwestern coast of Anvers Island off the Antarctica Peninsula and is the only U.S. Antarctic station north of the Antarctic Circle....

Type: Facilities & Networks
person holding ice core

U.S. National Ice Core Laboratory

The U.S. National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL) is a facility for storing, curating, and studying ice cores recovered from the polar regions of the world....

Type: Facilities & Networks
Photo of McMurdo Station, Antarctica

McMurdo Station

McMurdo Station is the logistics hub of the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP), with a harbor, landing strips on sea ice and shelf ice, and a helicopter pad....

Type: Facilities & Networks
Image of iceberg in Arctic Ocean

Arctic Logistical Support

The Arctic Research Support and Logistics (RSL) program assists the field component of research projects in the Arctic....

Type: Facilities & Networks
Photo of Paradise Bay

Antarctic Logistical Support

An array of aircraft are used to ferry personnel and cargo to and from field camps, research sites, and research stations in Antarctica....

Type: Facilities & Networks
Photo of ocean water

Antarctic Marine Geology Research Facility

The Antarctic Research Facility is a national repository for geological materials collected in polar regions. The Facility houses over 20,000 meters of deep-sea core sediment and over 5,000 kg of dredge, trawl, and grab samples, the largest such Southern Ocean collection in the world. ...

Type: Facilities & Networks
leaf fossils in rocks

Paleobotany Collections of Kansas University

The Paleobotanical Collections Database has over 89,000 entries and encompasses all aspects of the paleobotanical collections at the University of Kansas, including permineralized and compression/impression specimens, prepared slides, teaching slides, research slides, figured negatives from published papers, and figured and duplicate peels....

Type: Facilities & Networks
two rocks from Transantarctic mountains

U.S. Polar Rock Repository at the Byrd Polar Research Center

The United States Polar Rock Repository is a national facility at the Byrd Polar Research Center. The facility, which is located at The Ohio State University, is supported by the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs. The repository houses rock collections from Antarctica and the Arctic, along with field notes, photos, maps, paleomagnetic cores, rock and mineral residues, thin sections, and microfossil mounts, microslides and residues. ...

Type: Facilities & Networks
Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

NSF's South Pole Station enables scientific discovery in one of the coldest, highest, driest and windiest place on Earth. But these conditions are ideal for researching the origin of the universe, the status of climate change, and much more....

Type: Facilities & Networks
Photo of field work at McMurdo Station

McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-Term Ecological Research Site

The McMurdo LTER sheds light on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems within one of the world¿s most extreme environments...

Type: Facilities & Networks
Sondrestrom radar facility

Sondrestrom Upper Atmospheric Research Facility

The facility's suite of instrumentation supports many disciplines of research, from plate tectonics to auroral physics and space weather....

Type: Facilities & Networks
Photo of IceCube equipment and buildings

IceCube Neutrino Observatory

The IceCube, the world's first high-energy neutrino detector, is located at NSF's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station with a mission to understand the nature of dark matter and what powers the most energetic engines in the cosmos....

Type: Research Assets, Facilities & Networks
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