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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Statement of Task." 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 B

Statement of Task

The Committee will identify priorities and strategic steps forward for Antarctic research and observations for the next decade, in the context of the current state of knowledge, ongoing research activities, and resource availability. The Committee’s report will present a compelling research strategy for increased understanding of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. The report will include the following elements:

  1. Building upon the high-level scientific questions identified in NRC (2011a), identify areas of strategic investment in compelling scientific activities that may yield the highest potential reward for Antarctic research over the coming decade. Suggestions will be prioritized based on factors such as: recent or anticipated scientific and technological breakthroughs; opportunities to make progress on vital, yet underdeveloped topics; and foundational research with potential for both short- and long-term benefits.
  2. Analyze the research infrastructure needed to address the priority research topics identified in #1.
  3. Analyze the current research portfolio of USAP investments with recommendations to achieve the priorities established in #1 and #2.

The final report will articulate a strategic vision commensurate with U.S. national interests in Antarctica and identify a prioritized suite of science questions or topical areas that the USAP should consider. The report will also outline a roadmap through which the vision and these priorities can be met. Recommendations should include guidance on the most effective portfolio of investments to support the research infrastructure and programmatic science necessary to address the most significant priorities, including: assessing trade-offs among options; assessing the impact of new initiatives and/ or modification of existing programs on the overall portfolio; and identifying activities that should be considered for phase-out.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Statement of Task." 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 B: Statement of Task." 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 B: Statement of Task." 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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