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U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel meeting— November 3 – November 4, 2011

Agenda

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November 3 – 4, 2011 • Stafford I — Room 1295

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Agenda, PDF file (97 Kbytes)

Day 1: Thursday November 3, 2011

Time Topic
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8:00 am Coffee
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8:30 Introductions: Chairman and Members
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9:00 Conflicts-of-Interest Briefing
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9:15 Overview of the USAP: science, environmental, logistics, geo-political considerations (K. Erb)
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10:00

Panel Welcome & Tasking (J. Holdren-OSTP, S. Suresh-NSF, D. Balton-DOS & P. Shawcross-OMB)

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10:45

Coffee

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11:15

USAP Research Support Overview: ships, year-round stations, field stations & associated infrastructure (B. Stone)

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12:00

Lunch

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 1:00 pm

Future Scientific Frontiers: NAS/NRC panel briefing (C. Elfring-NAS & E. Dunlea-NAS)

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 1:30

More Future Scientific Frontiers: International Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (M. Kennicutt-Texas A&M)

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 2:00

Round Table: Links between broad-brush logistics and infrastructure requirements and research challenges (above groups plus OPP staff)

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 2:45

Current USAP Supply Chain: materials procurement; tracking systems; intercontinental and continental delivery system; warehousing (G. Blaisdell)

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 3:15

Coffee

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 3:45

Support Services Integration: utilities including energy, water & waste; housing; food; health; etc… (G. Blaisdell)

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 4:15

Current USAP Business Systems, Information Technology & Communications: (P. Smith)

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 4:45

USAP Support Integration: (B. Stone)

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 5:00

Planning for more in depth day-2 discussions: international collaborations; infrastructure & logistics; others? (N. Augustine)

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 6:00

Adjourn

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 7:00

Dutch Treat dinner at Willow Restaurant for those interested

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Day 2: Friday November 4, 2011

Time Topic
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  8:30 am Coffee
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  9:00

International Partnerships: General Considerations (K. Erb)

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  9:15

International Partnership: Specific Examples (B.Stone, S. Borg)

  9:30

Research Platforms: Agility, Sustainability, Relevance (B. Stone)

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10:00

Coffee

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10:30

Research Platforms: Agility, Sustainability, Relevance (continued)

Transportation Considerations:

  • Air support
    • Heavy Airlift (C-17/LC-130)
    • Light air support - Basler/Twin Otter/helicopter/ship based support
  • Ground transportation
  • Resupply vessels and icebreakers – continental and peninsula systems

Support Services and Infrastructure Considerations:

  • Laboratories and equipment – station and ship-based
  • Housing, food, health and safety
  • Waste Management & recycling
  • Field communications
  • Civil infrastructure (airfields, ports, roads)
  • Operational support services (weather, air traffic control, vehicles, satellite imagery, facilities maintenance & construction)
  • Fuel storage and handling systems
  • Research ship-based support services and infrastructure

Other Considerations

  • Operational tempo and season length
  • Energy management, technology & efficiency
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12:00

Lunch

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  1:15 pm

Supply Chain Management

  • Materials management & procurement
  • Materials handling and warehousing
  • Delivery systems
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 2:15

Information Technology and Communications

  • Software and information systems
  • Network services and LAN/WAN operations
  • Communications (Radio, satellite)
  • Information security, assurance, and governance
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  3:15

Coffee

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  3:45

Planning for Antarctic site visits

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  4:15

Committee discussion and assignments

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  5:30

Adjourn





Posted 10/28/2011

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