NSF Invites Media to Apply for August Visit to Arctic Field Science Sites in Greenland
Deadline is July 2; deployments to take place between August 6-11, 2007
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting written requests from professional journalists to report on atmospheric and climate science supported in Greenland by NSF's Office of Polar Programs (OPP).
OPP and NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA) jointly manage and coordinate media visits to the Polar Regions.
NSF supports numerous scientific projects in Greenland, many of which are international in scope. NSF will select a small group of journalists to visit the Greenland Environmental Observatory, Summit (GEOSummit) and other remote sites in Greenland--as weather permits--that represent the range of science in the area. Journalists would deploy between August 6 and 11, 2007.
At least three projects related to climate and environmental chemistry will be open to media visits:
How to apply: Applicants must submit the equivalent of two printed pages detailing specifically what they intend to cover while in the field. NSF public affairs officers can help applicants to craft a proposed reporting plan that has the best chance of meeting minimum criteria.
A selection committee of Division of Arctic Sciences personnel and media officers from OLPA will review all proposals and select finalists. The committee will look for proposals that indicate an understanding of the nature and challenges of NSF's scientific enterprise in the Arctic and the desire and ability to communicate that understanding to the public.
Application Deadline: July 2, 2007. U.S. media receive preference in selection.
Application: Focused applications with thorough reporting plans that indicate solid working knowledge of NSF's science goals in the Arctic and an intent to highlight for the public the scientific discoveries taking place there stand the best chance of selection.
Expenses: NSF furnishes at no cost cold-weather clothing, solely for use in the field, as well as housing, transportation and food while in the field.
How To Apply: Contact the NSF media officer listed below (by phone or by e-mail) as soon as possible to express interest. Freelancers are eligible for consideration but must supply with their letter of application evidence of a firm commitment from prospective employer to publish or air their work on their employer's letterhead.
Send the application letter to:
Attn: Peter West, (703) 292-7761 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Background: In March of 2007, scientists around the globe began a widespread, coordinated range of research as part of the 2007-2008 International Polar Year (IPY). The observations supported by NSF in Greenland on environmental chemistry and the status of the Greenland ice sheet are key IPY investigations. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has designated NSF as the lead U.S. agency for IPY.
GeoSummit sits atop the Greenland ice sheet, the largest in the northern hemisphere. Measurements taken at GeoSummit continue base-line, year-round measurements of key atmospheric-change indicators. Numerous science campaigns have been conducted at Summit Camp during the past decade, the most notable being the GISP2 ice-coring project. The GISP core provides a long-term climate record for the northern hemisphere. The summit site has proven a nearly ideal location for studies of climate change and snow chemistry. Research has shown that chemistry occurring in the snow acts as a major source and sink of several atmospheric compounds important to both climate regulation and upper-atmospheric ozone. Understanding these dynamics will enable more accurate analysis of ice cores and better forecasts of future conditions on Earth.
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