Announcement: Arctic and Global Prediction Program, Office of Naval Research

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Announcement: Arctic and Global Prediction Program, Office of Naval Research

Jeffries, Martin CIV ONR 322
The Arctic and Global Prediction Program at The Office of Naval Research announces a call for planning letters for research to be supported by core program funds.

The Arctic and Global Prediction Program is motivated by the rapid decline in summer ice extent that has occurred in recent years. This has prompted renewed U.S. Navy interest in understanding and predicting the Arctic physical environment at a variety of time and space scales. The ability to predict the location of the ice edge, the space-time evolution of the ice cover, and the ice thickness will be particularly critical to safe Navy operations in the Arctic. To achieve this, models integrating the ocean, waves, ice and atmosphere must be able to represent the physical processes, interactions and feedbacks involved in the seasonal evolution of ice extent, area, thickness and volume.

The core program has three focus areas:

. Improving understanding of the physical environment and processes in the Arctic Ocean.
. Investigating new technologies, e.g., sensors, platforms and communications, for sustained operation and observation in the challenging Arctic environment.
. Developing integrated ocean-ice-wave-atmosphere earth system models for improved prediction on time scales of days to months.

Planning letters are due no later than Friday 27 May 2011. Information about submission of planning letters is available at 

Martin O. Jeffries, PhD
Program Officer & Arctic Science Advisor
Office of Naval Research
Ocean, Atmosphere & Space Research Division
875 North Randolph Street, Room 1058
Arlington VA 22203

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Phone:   703-696-7825
Fax:     703-696-3390

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