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Polar Environment, Safety and Health (PESH)

The Polar Environment, Safety and Health Section (PESH) manages and oversees the environmental, safety, and health aspects of research and operations conducted in polar regions.

To learn more about PESH, click here.


Statement from Dr. Kelly K. Falkner regarding COVID-19 and Antarctica

OPP science support and operational changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Office of Polar Programs Safety and Occupational Health policy

New U.S. Antarctic Program deployment requirement: Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine is now mandatory

USAP Blue Ribbon Panel report

On March 21, 2013, the National Science Foundation issued a summary response to the recommendations of the U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel that was charged with advising NSF on how to improve and streamline its logistical capabilities to more efficiently support world-class Antarctic science. The response is available here.

The U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel report was released by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation on 23 July 2012 during a press conference at the National Academy of Sciences.

The report, More and Better Science in Antarctica through Increased Logistical Effectiveness, is available here.


Summit Station

Staff practice rescuing a human-sized mannequin dangling from a 50-meter instrument tower at Summit Station, a research outpost on Greenland's ice cap that is funded by the NSF in cooperation with the Greenland government. (Photo credit: Larry Gullingsrud, Polar Field Services/CH2M HILL Polar Services)


                Taylor Valley

Environmental staff member cleaning up an old dump site in the Taylor Valley. (Photo credit: Clair VonHandorf, Best Recycling)