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Ice: Major Programs

NSF plays a central leadership role in coordinating U.S. government research efforts in the areas surrounding both poles. These efforts include some of the most important climate change research currently being conducted. In addition, NSF-funded researchers study snow and ice at more temperate latitudes around the world. Major efforts include the following:

International Polar Year (IPY)
The International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008, a world-wide scientific effort in which participating government agencies sponsor heightened activities in their polar research programs, aims to increase the public's knowledge of and benefit from research conducted at Earth's northern and southernmost extremities.
ANDRILL (ANtarctic geological DRILLing) is a multinational collaboration comprised of more than 200 scientists, students and educators from five nations (Germany, Italy, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States), to drill "back in time" through the Antarctic sediment record to recover a history that will inform our understanding of how glacial and interglacial changes took place in the Antarctic.

International Trans Antarctic Scientific Expedition (ITASE)
The International Trans Antarctic Scientific Expedition (ITASE) collects and interprets a continental-wide array of environmental parameters assembled through the coordinated efforts of scientists from 20 nations.

Polar Earth Observatory Network (POLENET)
NSF-supported researchers are part of the international Polar Earth Observatory Network (POLENET) project, a consortium involving researchers from 28 nations who are engaging in fieldwork to improve the collection of geophysical data across the Earth's poles.

Arctic Observing Network (AON)
The Arctic Observing Network (AON) is a new NSF-supported program that will encompass a system of atmospheric, land- and ocean-based observational capabilities, from ocean buoys to satellites.

WAIS Divide Ice Coring Project
WAIS Divide is a United States deep ice coring project in West Antarctica. The WAIS Divide ice core will provide Antarctic records of environmental change with the highest time resolution for the last ~100,000 years and will be the first Southern Hemisphere climate record of comparable time resolution and duration to some of the most important Greenland ice core records.

Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS)
The Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS), a Science and Technology Center (STC) established by NSF in 2005, develops new technologies and computer models to measure and predict the response of sea-level change to the mass balance of ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica.

Information about "ice" research funding opportunities can be found at:


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