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Agenda for the U.S. Antarctic Blue Ribbon Panel Meeting: Jan. 24-25, 2012

January 24 – 25, 2011 • Stafford I — Rooms 1235 and 1295

The meeting will start on the morning of the 24th in the NSF Board Room (1235) and will move to Room 1295 on the afternoon of the 24th and all day on the 25th. Small conference rooms OPP-1 (755.83) and OPP-2 (755.23) are available all day both days for break-out sessions.

Agenda, PDF file (54K)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Plenary Session (NSF Board Room 1235)
 8:00 AM
Coffee; welcome; review agenda
 8:15 AM
Discussion of BRP Antarctic site visit
South Pole Station; McMurdo Station:
  • supply chain & logistics
  • science & field support
  • town meeting
  • other McMurdo area facilities
  • sites visited during helo tour
  • station operations
  • Pegasus runway and related air ops
Christchurch and Lyttleton facilities and support
 9:15 AM
Discussion of upcoming Palmer Station site visit
 9:30 AM
Resupply issues (NSF presentation followed by discussion)
10:00 AM
10:30 AM
Outside speakers (NASA, NOAA, USGS, DHS, DOD)
  • Waleed Abdalati, NASA
  • James Butler, NOAA
  • Morgan Geiger and Ron Salazar, DHS
  • Gordon Tanner, DoD
11:45 AM
Antarctic contractor transition (short video)
12:00 PM
-1:00 PM
Lunch (on your own)

 1:00 PM
Working Groups, in breakout sessions (4 hours; 40 minutes per subgroup)
Discussion of drafts/outlines
Discussion of Recommendations/Findings
Group 1 (Room 1295)
Group 2 (OPP Conf. Room #1 - 755.83)
 1:00 PM
8.1  Research, Support:  Facilities and Equipment (Don)
8.2  People and Technology (Craig, with Bob)
 1:40 PM
8.3  Air Transport and Support (Duncan, with Thad)
8.6  Supply Chain (Keith, with Craig)
 2:20 PM
8.4  Sea Transport and Support (Craig, with Thad)
8.7  Energy Supply and Usage (Keith, with Don)
 3:00 PM
 3:40 PM
8.5  Land Transport and Support (Duncan, with Gerard)
8.8  Communications and Information (Bob, with Don)
 4:20 PM
8.10 Safety (Thad)
8.9  Human Care (Diana)
8.11 (Environmental Stewardship; Diana), 8.12 (International Considerations; Bart), and
8.13 (Integration; Norm) move between groups as needed
 5:00 PM
Plenary Session (Room 1295)
Brief overview from break-out sessions; adjust Day 2 agenda
 5:45 PM
Adjourn for the day

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

 8:00 AM
Working Groups, in breakout sessions
Continue first day discussions, perhaps in different combinations
 11:00 AM
Plenary Session (Room 1295)
Presentations by individual working groups
 12:00 PM
- 1:00 PM
Lunch (on your own)

 1:00 PM
- 2:30 PM
Plenary Session
Continue presentations by working groups
 2:30 PM
- 4:30 PM
Plenary Session
Future site visits (e.g., UNOLS Global-class ship)
Integration (discussion) of overall report and findings

The "Working Groups" (beginning 1:00 pm Tuesday) are small breakout groups (5 working groups together but in sequence) to compare notes and to develop and cross-integrate materials. (See "Antarctica-Proposed Outline for Report-Version 1.3" for topics.) Topic leaders (noted on the agenda) will make their presentation beginning at the assigned time, with the remainder of each 40-minute slot used for discussion and development. Venues for some of the input from interested agencies could include working group breakout sessions if desired.

Please arrive early on Tuesday to have your laptop scrubbed on the 3rd floor if you will use a laptop.