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August 27, 2014
Draft report on GEO Priorities and Frontiers, 2015-2020: An Invitation for Public Comment

As you all are aware, the Division of Polar Programs at NSF is now within the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO). And for the past several months, the NSF GEO Advisory Committee has been working with GEO staff on an update to its 2009 report, GEO Vision, and there is currently an invitation for public comment on the draft report. Please see the message below from George Hornberger, Acting Chair of GEO, and Roger Wakimoto, Assistant Director of GEO, for more information about this report.

For the past several months, the NSF GEO Advisory Committee has been working with GEO staff on an update to its 2009 report, GEO Vision. This draft report, Dynamic Earth: GEO Priorities and Frontiers 2015-2020, takes a different perspective than the last report. In the current climate of limited resources, this document seeks to set actionable goals and objectives for the next five years. It is not meant to be a comprehensive document of all GEO programs but rather a near-term plan of GEO-wide priorities. More detailed information on specific programs and thrusts is currently part of each of the four GEO divisions' planning activities (Atmosphere/Geospace, Earth, Ocean, and Polar).

The draft report is available at the NSF web site:

We are very interested in receiving your feedback on this document and encourage you to not only review and comment but also to share the draft with your colleagues. Please send your comments to by Friday, September 12th.

Thank you. We look forward to hearing from you.

George Hornberger, Chair, AC GEO
Roger Wakimoto, Assistant Director, GEO


December 28, 2011
NSF Press Release
NSF Awards Logistical Support Contract for U.S. Antarctic Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a multi-year contract to Lockheed Martin for logistical support for the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP).

February 1, 2011
NSF Press Release
Ice Cores Yield Rich History of Climate Change

Research project completes drilling for the year, reaching two miles below West Antarctic Ice Sheet

December 2, 2010
NSF Press Release
What Can Ice Reveal About Fire?

Carbon monoxide trapped in ice cores reveals unexpected trends regarding burning biomass

August 4, 2010
NSF Press Release
Bedrock is a Milestone in Climate Research
International team of climate researchers drill through a mile and half of the Greenland ice sheet in search of climate change insights
December 8, 2009
NSF News
To What Degree: What Science Is Telling Us About Climate Change
What is science telling us about climate change? Leading climate change experts discuss one of the most complex scientific puzzles ever to confront humankind.
November 6, 2009
NSF News
Willam T. Colston Appointed Division Director of OPP's Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Division
On 5 November 2009, Dr. Karl Erb, Director of the Office of Polar Programs, announced the appointment of Mr. Will Colston as the Director of the Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Division (AIL), effective November 8, 2009.
October 21, 2009
NSF News
Alexandra Isern Appointed Antarctic Earth Sciences Program Director
Dear Colleagues,
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Alexandra Isern has been appointed as the new Program Director for Antarctic Earth Sciences in the Division of Antarctic Sciences of the Office of Polar Programs.
October 21, 2009
NSF News
Brian Stone Appointed Deputy Division Director, Antarctic Infrastructure and Logisitics Division
Dear Colleagues,
I am pleased to announce that Mr. Brian W. Stone has been appointed to the Career Senior Executive Service of the U. S. Government as Deputy Division Director of the Division of Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) within the Office of Polar Programs (OPP).
July 6, 2009
Science Nation
Ice Core Secrets Could Reveal Answers to Global Warming
Ancient ice cores provide clues to future climate change
March 16, 2009
NSF Press Release
Arctic and Antarctic-themed Activities to Bring a Breath of Polar Air to Baltimore
In conjunction with landmark Antarctic Treaty meeting, art exhibit, interactive events, unique film screening and multimedia presentations with polar researchers at the Maryland Science Center
December 22, 2008
NSF Press Release
NSF Announces New Ice-Core Drilling Agreements for Polar Research
Cooperative agreements signed with teams from the University of Wisconsin, Dartmouth College, University of New Hampshire are vital to climate studies

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