Polar Science & Technology Program
Polar Science is an integrated sub-discipline of Earth Science that is of growing interest to the scientific research community and the United States Navy (USN). The U.S. Naval Academy Oceanography Department currently has a curriculum based Polar Science Program (USNA PSP).
Within the PSP there is an Arctic Buoy Program (ABP) student research component that will include the design, build, testing and deployment of Arctic Buoys. Establishing an active, field-research program in Polar Science will greatly enhance Midshipman education and research, as well as introduce future Naval Officers to the Arctic environment.
The Oceanography Department has engaged the USNA Ocean Engineering, Systems Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Computer Science Departments and developed a USNA Arctic buoy, IceGoat1, which was designed, built, and deployed by midshipmen. The experience gained through Polar field studies and data derived from these buoys will be used to enhance course materials and laboratories for Midshipman education, and will also be used directly in Midshipman independent research projects.