In from the cold


  • Anonymous


Despite the shutdown of much of the federal government, American scientists conducting austral summer research in the Antarctic will be able to eat, stay warm, and finish their work for two more months, according to officials at the National Science Foundation (NSF). In the early weeks of December, several administrators and scientists openly worried about whether the U.S. Antarctic Program would be able to pay its bills and keep the research going. Questions were even raised about the logistics of getting the researchers home.

But financial guidance from the Office of Management and Budget has allowed NSF— the lead institution overseeing U.S. Antarctic research—to pay for the commitments and support services already contracted for the season.