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DEADLINE: NSF Media Fellowships for Arctic/Greenland Trip
NSF Invites Media to Apply for July Visit to Arctic Field Research Sites in Greenland
Application deadline is June 20, 2011; deployments to take place between July 12 and July 19, 2011
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting written requests from professional journalists to report on research--including studies of the ice sheet, climate change and atmospheric chemistry--supported in Greenland by NSF's Office of Polar Programs (OPP).
OPP and NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA) jointly manage and coordinate media visits to the Polar Regions.
NSF supports numerous field research projects in Greenland, many of which are international in scope. NSF will select a small group of journalists to visit the Greenland Environmental Observatory, Summit (GEOSummit) and other remote sites in Greenland--as weather permits--that represent the range of science in the area. Journalists would deploy between July 12 and 19, 2011.
Example projects related to climate and environmental chemistry will be open to media visits:
- The Greenland Ice Sheet is undergoing remarkable changes, as evidenced by surface melt ponds and glacial retreat. Scientists are studying the ice sheet to gather information that will allow them to understand past climate trends and conditions as well as present surface-melt and river runoff patterns and properties of fast-moving tidewater glaciers.
- The sun's impact on the ice sheet is exacerbated by aerosols from burning of biomass, fossil fuels and dust. How much impact the sun has on the ice sheet by being absorbed rather than reflected by aerosols is the subject of several studies.
- An international team of researchers led by the University of Copenhagen are drilling ice core at the North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling project to understand the Eemian warm period about 130,000 to 114,000 years ago--a period with a climate much like the present.
Application Deadline: Monday, June 20, 2011--U.S. media receive preference in selection.
Application: Focused applications with thorough reporting plans that indicate solid working knowledge of Greenland's science goals in the Arctic and an intent to highlight for the public the scientific discoveries taking place there stand the best chance of selection.For additional background please go to the ARMAP and NSF's Summit Greenland Observatory websites.
Expenses: NSF furnishes at no cost cold-weather clothing, solely for use in the field, as well as housing, transportation and food while in the field. Trip expenses are estimated to be a roundtrip ticket to Albany, N.Y., one-night stay at the Hampton Inn in Schenectady, depending on the departure date, plus per-diem and cab fare to/from the airport.