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Briefing Date:09/21/2006
Topic:Polar Icebreakers in a Changing World: An Assessment of U.S. Needs

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Polar Research Board
Division on Earth and Life Studies
and
Marine Board
Transportation Research Board
Committee on the Assessment of U.S. Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Roles and Future Needs

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Congressional Briefings
Thursday, September 21, 2006
507 Ford House Office Bldg. – 9:45 a.m.
and
2325 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 4:00 p.m.


And


Friday, September 22, 2006
2320 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 10:00 a.m.
227 Hart Senate Office Bldg. – 11:30 a.m.
and
S-146A, The Capitol Bldg. – 1:00 p.m.

on

Polar Icebreakers in a Changing World: An Assessment of U.S. Needs

Requested by Congress in P.L. 108-334, this is the final report from a committee that has been studying the U.S. Coast Guard's icebreaking capability in the Arctic and Antarctica. An interim report issued last year found that the age and condition of the Coast Guard's two polar icebreakers was jeopardizing its ability to support research, national security, and search-and-rescue missions. This report looks at whether the Coast Guard should expect to have a greater role in polar icebreaking, given the rapid environmental changes that are taking place at the two poles.

These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on September 26, 2006 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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