NSC National Security Council

NSDM National Security Decision Memorandum

NSF National Science Foundation

NSTC National Science and Technology Council

NWP Northwest Passage

OAC external OPP Advisory Committee

OCS outer continental shelf

OMB Office of Management and Budget

OPP Office of Polar Programs

PAME Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment

PIRS Polar Icebreaker Requirements Study

PRV PALMER Replacement Vessel

SAR search and rescue

SHEBA Surface Heat Budget of the Arctic Ocean

SIDS sudden infant death syndrome

SLEP service life extension program

UNCLOS United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

UNOLS University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System

USAP United States Antarctic Program

USCG U.S. Coast Guard

USGS U.S. Geological Survey

VOSS Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System

VRAM vessel rehabilitation and modernization

VTS vessel traffic service



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