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 U. S. Navy. Consequently there is a need to enhance education and experience in Polar Science for the next generation of scientists, engineers, and future Naval Officers who may have to operate in the Polar region in the future. Through support from the Office of Naval Research Code 32 (ONR 32) Arctic & Global Prediction Program, the Oceanography Department at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) has established a multi-disciplinary, undergraduate, field research-based Polar Science and Technology (S&T) program (USNA-PS&TP). The goals of USNA-PS&TP are to: 1) Develop faculty-led undergraduate Midshipmen research and engineering Capstone projects targeted towards specific S&T objectives/needs of the U.S. Navy; 2) Enhance course development and materials for Midshipman education in Polar Science; and 3) Provide a faculty and Midshipman S&T work force with experience in conducting research in Polar environments for collaboration and partnership with the Naval Research Enterprise (NRE) and the greater Polar S&T community on field-oriented S&T projects.
Ongoing Projects (2019-2022):
Quantify variability of surface water chemistry in and constituent fluxes through small river systems on the North Slope of Alaska from early summer to late fall in response to landscape-specific source contributions related to permafrost thaw and changes in freshwater discharge
Smith, J.P., Gallaher, S.G., Douglas, T.A., Barker, A.J., Doyle, E.J., O’Banion, M.S., Oxendine, C.E., Vas, D.A., and Sweet, C. R. (2020), Variability in Dissolved Carbon and Iron in Surface Waters of Rivers on the North Slope of Alaska Over a Summer Thaw Season. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences (submitted).
Click on links below for info on other past USNA PS&TP Projects: