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NSF Office of Polar Programs

The Office of Polar Programs (OPP) manages and initiates National Science Foundation funding for basic research and its operational support in the Arctic and the Antarctic. The funds are provided as NSF grants to institutions (mainly U.S. universities), whose scientists perform the research at the institutions or in a polar region, and as cooperative agreements or contracts to support organizations including contractors and the U.S. military. Click Here


The Antarctic Sun

The Antarctic Sun is the official news web site for the United States Antarctic Program (USAP), which is managed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Polar Programs.  Raytheon Polar Services Company (RPSC) is contracted by the NSF to support the USAP, and maintains the Sun web site as a resource for information about the program and its people. Click Here


Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

SCAR is charged with the initiating, developing and coordinating high quality international scientific research in the Antarctic region, and on the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system. The scientific business of SCAR is conducted by its Standing Scientific Groups which represent the scientific disciplines active in Antarctic research and report to SCAR. Click Here


Cryosphere Science Research Portal

Cryospheric research at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center addresses the physics of ice sheets and glaciers, sea ice, snow on ice and land, and their roles in the global climate system. Click Here


American Polar Society

Established in 1934, the American Polar Society is the oldest of U.S.-based polar societies. It features information about both the North and South polar regions. In addition to supporting the Society, it is the goal of this web site to bring public awareness to the many fascinating aspects of the Polar regions. Click Here


Byrd Polar Research Center

The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (BPRC) at The Ohio State University is recognized internationally as a leader in polar and alpine research. Research at the Center focuses on the role of cold regions in the Earth's overall climate system, and encompasses geological sciences, geochemistry, glaciology, paleoclimatology, meteorology, remote sensing, ocean dynamics, and the history of polar exploration. Click Here


The Explorer's Club

The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. Since its inception in 1904, the Club has served as a meeting point and unifying force for explorers and scientists worldwide. Click Here


Scott Polar Research Institute

The Institute is a well-known and long-established centre for research into both polar regions. It is part of the University of Cambridge and is a sub-department of the Department of Geography. Click Here


Freeze Frame

The Scott Polar Research Institute in the University of Cambridge holds a world-class collection of photographic negatives illustrating polar exploration from the nineteenth century onwards. Freeze Frame is the result of a two-year digitisation project that brings together photographs from both Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. Here you can discover the polar regions through the eyes of those explorers and scientists who dared to go into the last great wildernesses on earth. Click Here


UK Antarctic Heritage Trust

The United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust works to conserve Antarctic buildings and artefacts, and to promote and encourage the public's interest in its Antarctic heritage. Besides its flagship site at Port Lockroy the Trust conserves five other British historic sites on the Antarctic Peninsula. The Trust supports sister organisations to look after heritage sites in other parts of Antarctica. Click Here


Cold Regions Bibliographic Project

The Antarctic Bibliography covers all disciplines related to the region including biological and geological sciences, medical sciences, meteorology, oceanography, atmospheric and terrestrial physics, expeditions, logistics equipment and supplies, and tourism. The Antarctic Bibliography was produced with support from the National Science Foundation with contributions from the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge. Among the resources in the archive is the United States Antarctic Journal (see below). Click Here


U.S. Antarctic Journal and Predecessors

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Polar Programs published and distributed the Antarctic Journal of the United States starting in 1966, but in 2002 decided to discontinue publication. The Journal was preceded by four other publications: Antarctic Report (1964-1965); Antarctic Status Report (1962-1963); Bulletin of the U.S. Antarctic Projects Officer (1959-1965); and Antarctic Status Report USNC-IGY (1956-1958). The contents of each publication in the series are provided here as open-access documents in PDF format. For publications containing individual articles, individual PDFs are also provided. Click Here


New Zealand Antarctic Society

The New Zealand Antarctic Society was formed in 1933 and has branches in New Zealand's main centres as well as an international membership.The Society brings together people interested in Antarctica, to share knowledge in the fields of all sciences, exploration, discovery and mapping of Antarctica, to seek protection of the Antarctic environment, and to promote New Zealand's interests in Antarctica. Click Here


Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station (Spindler)

Bill Spindler runs a comprehensive site about Pole Station which includes a complete history of the winterover crews going back to IGY. Click Here


The Antarctic Circle

The Antarctic Circle is a non-commercial forum and resource on historical, literary, bibliographical, artistic and cultural aspects of Antarctica and the South Polar regions. The breadth and quantity of its content expands periodically. Click Here


Old Antarctic Explorer's Association

The Old Antarctic Explorers Association, Inc. is a tax exempt charitable organization dedicated to establishing and perpetuating public awareness of the Courage, Sacrifice and Devotion its members exhibited while supporting Antarctic Research. Another goal is to unify efforts to obtain, preserve and display Operation Deep Freeze artifacts and memorabilia in a centralized location in addition to identifying those artifacts that are already in place at various locals. Click Here