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USNA Polar Science & Technology Program
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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.   

Click on links below for more info:

U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Polar Science & Technology Program (USNA PS&TP) – NASA Operation IceBridge (OIB) Ice Experiment (ICEX-2017), 09-16 March 2017

USNA-PS&TP participation in the March 2016 U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL 7420) Sea Ice Physics field experiment, Barrow, AK

Exploring the use of Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Unmanned Quadcopters to Identify and Characterize Ice Surface Features

Contact USNA-PS&TP:

CDR Shawn Gallaher (USN)

Dr. Joseph P. Smith


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