Photo by Jim Pottinger (PolarTREC/ARCUS 2011)
Researchers install a new satellite antenna for the NASA-U Automatic Weather Station on the Greenland Ice Sheet. Photo by Jim Pottinger (PolarTREC/ARCUS 2011)

Workshop on Future Directions for Arctic Research Logistics
7-9 October 2013
Arlington Hilton
Arlington, Virginia

The NSF Arctic Research Support and Logistics (RSL) program funded a workshop on strategies and recommendations for arctic research support and logistics. The workshop was organized by ARCUS, with guidance from an Organizing Committee.

An online survey was circulated to gather input to help guide the development of the workshop agenda and topics.

If you have questions about the workshop, please contact: Helen Wiggins (helen [at] or Kristina Creek (creek [at] at ARCUS, Renée Crain (rcrain [at] or Pat Haggerty (phaggert [at] at the NSF RSL Program, or any of the Organizing Committee members listed below.

Background Information

There are three major reports, all below, relevant to this workshop. NSF conducted two previous planning processes to solicit guidance on arctic research support and logistics needs, with resulting reports in 1997 and 2003. These reports had major impact on arctic research support; the 1997 report resulted in the creation of the NSF RSL program and the 2003 report catalyzed implementation of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) and the Arctic Observing Network (AON). In 2011, CRREL completed an analysis of the recommendations in the 1997 and 2003 reports, and assessed which recommendations had been addressed. You'll also find the vision statement of the NSF RSL Program.

1997 Logistics Report
More info on the development of the 1997 Logistics Report here

2003 Logistics Report
More info on the development of the 2003 Logistics Report here

2011 CRREL Analysis of Logistics Recommendations

Vision for NSF Arctic Research Support and Logistics Program

Meeting Materials

Final Workshop Agenda (post-meeting version)

Workshop Agenda (as of 4 Oct 2013)

Meeting Ground Rules

Breakout Group Discussion Questions (PPT)

Workshop Presentations

Welcome and Introduction (Jackie Richter-Menge)

NSF Presentation (Given by Jen Mercer)

Comments on the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) (Given by Sandra Starkweather): Link to IARPC five-year plan

Changing Science Priorities (James Morison)

Review of Community Survey Results (Matthew Shupe)

Tuesday Morning: Need for Capacity and Community Building

Example of Community Support Activities: NASA ABoVE Program

Workshop Organizing Committee Members

James Morison, Co-Chair (morison [at]
Polar Science Center, Applied Physics Laboratory-University of Washington

Jackie Richter-Menge, Co-chair (Jacqueline.A.Richter-Menge [at]
Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory

Peter Griffith (peter.c.griffith [at]
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems Office

Steven Oberbauer (oberbaue [at]
Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University

Sophia Perdikaris (SophiaP [at]
Anthropology and Archaeology, The City University of New York

Matthew Shupe (matthew.shupe [at]
University of Colorado and NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory

Craig Tweedie (ctweedie [at]
University of Texas at El Paso

Helen Wiggins (helen [at]
Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS)