What You Need to Know Before You Go (to the Arctic)

April 29, 2015
By Jessica Rohde

Heading up to the Arctic? To prepare, consult Know Before You Go. This short list helps scientists think about standards of practice for taking students into the field, emergency notifications, financial responsibility for search-and-rescue, and more.  Compiled by NSF/PLR Research Support & Logistics managers and CPS field risk experts, Know Before You Go helps field leaders and principal investigators plan beyond field gear and science instruments. 

Does your team know how to use a flare to help search planes find you?

Photo: Josh Bacon courtesy of CH2MHill Polar Services

Some of the FAQs answered in this document include:

  • Do you know if all of your team members have health insurance?
  • Do you know who will be responsible for paying the cost of search and rescue?
  • Do you have a protocol if a team member becomes injured?

Posted by Jessica Rohde on behalf of Kip Rithner, Polar Field Services

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