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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Speakers at the Committee Meetings." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2015. A Strategic Vision for NSF Investments in Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21741.
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APPENDIX F

Speakers at the Committee Meetings

During their open meeting sessions, the Committee spoke with a variety of people to gain additional perspectives about recent developments, current needs, and future opportunities in Antarctic and Southern Ocean research. This included representatives of the following federal agencies involved in the U.S. Antarctic Program:

  • NSF Division of Polar Programs: Kelly Falkner, Scott Borg, Lisa Clough, Alex Isern, Brian Stone, Charles Amsler, Vladimir Papitashvili, Nature McGinn, Marco Tedesco
  • White House Office of Science and Technology Policy: Brendan Kelly, Director (former) of the OSTP Interagency Arctic Policy Committee
  • State Department: Alfred Schandlbauer, Ray Arnaoudo (American Association for the Advancement of Science, former State Department)
  • U.S. Coast Guard: Gary Rasicot, Director of Marine Transportation
  • Department of Energy: Renu Joseph, Manager, Regional & Global Climate Modeling Program; Phil Jones, LANL Project Leader for Climate, Ocean, Sea Ice Modeling
  • NASA: Thomas Wagner, Cryosphere Program Manager
  • NOAA: James Butler and Brian Vasel, Earth System Research Laboratory (with input from other NOAA divisions)

Briefings were also given by representatives of several relevant organizations and research efforts, including representatives of:

  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Space Studies Board, Ocean Studies Board, Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Polar Research Board
  • Participants in the Future Opportunities (NRC, 2011a) and Blue Ribbon Panel reports: Hugh Ducklow, Diana Wall
  • Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research and the SCAR Horizon Scan effort: Chuck Kennicutt
  • NRC study Arctic in the Anthropocene: Emerging Research Questions, Stephanie Pfirman
Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Speakers at the Committee Meetings." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2015. A Strategic Vision for NSF Investments in Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21741.
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  • Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory’s Antarctic Program: Janet Hardy, James Lever, Zoe Courville
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Unmanned Underwater Vehicles Program: Andy Bowen
  • Committee of Visitors 2013 Review of NSF’s Polar Program Division: John Cassano
Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Speakers at the Committee Meetings." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2015. A Strategic Vision for NSF Investments in Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21741.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Speakers at the Committee Meetings." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2015. A Strategic Vision for NSF Investments in Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21741.
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Antarctic and Southern Ocean scientific research has produced a wide array of important and exciting scientific advances. Spanning oceanography to tectonics, microbiology to astrophysics, the extreme Antarctic environment provides unique opportunities to expand our knowledge about how our planet works and even the very origins of the universe. Research on the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic ice sheets is becoming increasingly urgent not only for understanding the future of the region but also its interconnections with and impacts on many other parts of the globe.

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) provides U.S. researchers with broad access to the continent and its surrounding ocean. A Strategic Vision for NSF Investments in Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research identifies priorities and strategic steps forward for Antarctic research and observations for the next decade. This survey presents a decadal vision for strategic investments in compelling research and the infrastructure most critical for supporting this research. This report makes recommendations for high-priority, larger-scale, community-driven research initiatives that address questions poised for significant advance with the next decades. This report also outlines a roadmap through which the vision and these priorities can be met.

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