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UPDATE: 2021-2022 Media visits to the Arctic and Antarctic


March 15, 2021

The health and safety of the polar research community continues to be NSF’s top priority. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly limited research opportunities to the Arctic and Antarctic regions in the past year, and travel restrictions continue to make access to these regions logistically challenging. Due to these continued limitations, the need to prioritize science, and the importance of keeping COVID-19 out of Antarctica and the Arctic communities, NSF has decided to cancel media visits to these areas for the upcoming research seasons. NSF is committed to media engagement in the Arctic and Antarctic and will make an announcement at a later date regarding future on-site media opportunities.

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