NSF invites media to visit Greenland

March 14, 2000

Reporters may cover wide-ranging U.S.-sponsored research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting written requests from professional journalists to visit its Greenland scientific facility in June 2000.

A scientific team supported by NSF's Arctic Program is based at Summit Greenland Environmental Observatory (SGEO) on the Greenland ice sheet. The team will study the composition of precipitation on the ice to better understand how the atmospheric climate record is preserved in the snow and ice. Ice cores drilled from the ice sheet have provided scientifically significant insights into the climate record, particularly in global climate change over the past 100,000 years.

To convey the significance of the science conducted in Greenland to the widest possible cross-section of the public, NSF will select a small group of journalists, representing diverse audiences, to visit Summit for several days.

Interested reporters must submit a reporting plan that explains their professional interest in visiting Greenland. A committee of Arctic Program science and logistics personnel and media officers from NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA) will select this season's media visitors. Competition is expected to be intense for an extremely limited number of slots.

Application: Applications that indicate a solid working knowledge of the Arctic Program and the science it supports stand the best chance of selection. U.S. media receive preference.

Expenses: Reporters or their employers pay for round-trip transportation to -- and accommodations in -- Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Reporters also must make their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations in Kangerlussuaq. NSF will furnish some limited cold-weather clothing solely for use in the field and will pay the costs of housing, transportation and food in the field.

Medical: Finalists must pass a comprehensive physical exam conducted at their own expense by their personal physicians and subject to screening by NSF. Certain medical conditions may preclude a candidate from visiting Greenland, even if selected as a media visitor.

How To Apply: Phone or e-mail the contact listed below as soon as possible to express interest. Plans for reporting from Greenland should be submitted in a short letter -- preferably no longer than two pages. Freelancers must supply evidence of a firm commitment to publish or air their work on their prospective employer's letterhead.

Send the letter and any supporting materials (such as a limited number of clips or videotaped segments) to:

National Science Foundation
Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1245
Arlington, VA 22230
Attn: Peter West, (703) 306-1070/pwest@nsf.gov


Deadline: Written requests must be received no later than April 15, 2000. NSF will notify those who are selected -- and those who are not -- as soon as possible.
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For background about NSF's Arctic Program, see:
http://www.nsf.gov/od/opp/arctic/start.htm

For information about the science being conducted at Summit, see:
http://www.hwr.arizona.edu/geosummit/

For tourism information about Kangerlussuaq, see:
http://www.greenland-guide.dk/kangerlussuaq/default.htm

National Science Foundation

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