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EVENT: Upcoming South Pole Station Master Plan Charrette

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Upcoming South Pole Station Master Plan Charrette

July 12, 2023

As part of the South Pole Master Planning process, a planning charrette will be held virtually. The facilitated charrette is designed to provide a forum for the scientific community to engage in conversations about science conducted at the South Pole Station and to discuss facility requirements, siting criteria, and infrastructure/ utility needs.

The charrette will take place over four days: August 22, 24, 29, and 31 from 12 - 6 pm EST (10 am - 4 pm MST) each day. The current agenda is noted below, however, it is subject to change.

Registration is required. Please register for the event online.  

Day 1, August 22 - South Pole Station Overview

  • South Pole Station Mission and Vision
  • South Pole Station Overview
  • Opportunities and Constraints
  • Structure/Facilities
  • Utilities and Operations
  • Airfield

Day 2, August 24 - Science

  • Dark Sector
  • Clean Air Sector
  • Medical Research

Day 3, August 29 - Science

  • Quiet Sector
  • South Pole Station
  • Other Science
  • Science Vision

Day 4, August 31 - Master Planning

  • Land Use Districts
  • Site Planning
  • Opportunities/Constraints
  • Capital Projects
  • Next Steps

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