United States Antarctic Program

United States Antarctic Program (USAP)
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USAP logo
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USAP hangar at Christchurch International Airport, Christchurch, New Zealand
Government agency overview
Formed1959 (1959)[1]
Preceding agencies
  • United States Antarctic Research Program
  • United States Antarctic Service
HeadquartersAlexandria, Virginia
Employees3,000 (seasonal maximum)
Annual budgetUS$356 million (FY2008)
Parent Government agencyOffice of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation
Map of Antarctica showing USAP field research sites and research vessels

The United States Antarctic Program (or USAP; formerly known as the United States Antarctic Research Program or USARP and the United States Antarctic Service or USAS) is an organization of the United States government which has presence in the Antarctica continent. Founded in 1959, the USAP manages all U.S. scientific research and related logistics in Antarctica as well as aboard ships in the Southern Ocean.

  1. ^ "Fact Sheet: U.S. Antarctic Program". USAP. National Science Foundation. January 10, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  2. ^ "2009-2010 Season Summary and Background" (PDF). USAP. National Science Foundation. January 8, 2010. p. 24. Retrieved July 11, 2016.

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