Focus on Polar Research

Science  08 Aug 1980:
Vol. 209, Issue 4457, pp. 643-652
DOI: 10.1126/science.209.4457.643


A few of the scientific challenges of polar research are reviewed, with stress on the work being done by U.S. investigators. The accomplishments that have been made are impressive, but much remains to be done. An evaluation of future research goals and priorities in science per se and in the national interest is not attempted, but a research strategy for the future, presently planned by the National Research Council's Polar Research Board, should contribute to this end.