Sub-Glacial Lake Steering Committee
Develop a plan to organize and hold a workshop or series of workshops that will inform development of an implementation plan for studying Antarctic sub-glacial lakes. Other organizations in NSF are to be encouraged to participate at every opportunity — e.g. funding, expertise, implementation, etc. The workshops should be structured to bring out the likely interplay between science goals and technology requirements: The goals should define the requirements but the state of the technology may proscribe the goals. The workshops should include appropriate international and interagency participation and should at a minimum identify, discuss, and make recommendations concerning the following topics:
- primary and secondary science goals
- associated instrumentation requirements
- level of biological isolation required for each approach to meeting the various goals
- technology R&D necessary
- sequence in which science goals should be attached
- logistics requirements
- site selection criteria, taking into consideration
- any other topics deemed significant by the committee
Your planning activity should be timed to influence both longer-range plans and also FY-02 activities, to the extent that is possible.
This is an exciting opportunity and if we plan it well enough and early enough it has the potential for excellent scientific pay off. I wish you every success and look forward to periodic reports to Erick, Dennis and myself on your progress so far.
|Director, Office of Polar Programs|
|National Science Foundation|
|3 July 2001|
Julie Palais, Glaciology Program Manager
Polly Penhale, Antarctic Biology & Medicine Program Manager
Scott Borg, Antarctic Geology & Geophysics Program Manager
Arthur Brown, Manager, Specialized Support
Joyce Jatko, Environmental Officer
Deneb Karentz, Antarctic Biology & Medicine Associate Program Manager
Brian Stone, Research Support Manager
Junku Yuh, Program Manager, Office of International Science and Engineering, Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences Directorate
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