Venue and Accommodation
SCAR SSG and Open Science Conference
SSG business meetings, satellite workshops, and the Open Science
Conference will all be held at the main meeting hotel:
921 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland State University will host the SCAR Delegates meetings in Hoffmann Hall on the PSU campus. PSU is about a 10 minute walk from the Portland Hilton.
Portland is a vibrant, accessible city with a strong environmental stewardship ethic. We're the city that replaced a four-lane highway with a riverfront park, takes pride in its 5,000-acre urban forest, and adopted its own strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions way back in 1993. Our University, government agencies, and private sector (even our brewers) are all recognized for commitment to and innovation in sustainable practices and development.
While Portland's reputation is for rain, the skies clear in May and we enjoy dry, mild weather through the summer. On an average July day, our high temperature is 26.7 C (80 F) and the low is 14.4 C (58 F). The average total July rainfall is 16 mm.
Travel to and around Portland is easy. Portland International Airport (PDX) has direct connections to major airport hubs throughout the United States, as well to Europe, and Asia. Portland's public transportation system is, extensive, easy to use, and rail is free downtown. When you arrive at PDX, buy your ticket at the airport station, board the Max (light rail) Red Line, and about 45 minutes later, debark at Pioneer Courthouse Square, only a few blocks away from the meeting venue.
The PSU BikeHub maintains a small fleet of rental bicycles available to students, staff and visitors. See http://www.pdx.edu/bikehub/ for more information, including maps.
Around the Region
Portland sits at the junction of two major river valleys, between two mountain ranges, and in the middle of some of the most beautiful scenery a traveler can find. Whether your interests include summertime skiing, or long ocean beaches, the influence of soils on wine, or the effects of explosive volcanic eruptions, Portland serves as a central travel hub for all these experiences and more. The local organizing committee has coordinated with Pacific Northwest Vacations to welcome the Arctic community to the the many fun, interesting, stimulating, and enjoyable opportunities in Portland and the region.
Photo: DJ Jennings, NSF, 2006
Photo: Jeff Otten, NSF, 2009
Photo: Nick Powell, NSF, 2009
Photo: Dr Stacy Kim, NSF, 2005
Photo: Sean Bonnette, NSF, 2010
Photo: Kelly Jacques, NSF, 2010
Photo: Dave Munroe, NSF, 2007
Photo: US Navy, NSF, 1946-1947
Photo: Keith Vanderlinde, NSF, 2008
Photo: Patrick Cullis, NSF, 2009
Photo: Peter Rejcek, NSF, 2010
Photo: Martin Reed, NSF, 2010
Photo: Maj Mike Phillips, NSF, 2003
Photo: Bruce Raymond, NSF, 1960-1961
The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is an inter-disciplinary body of the International Council for Science (ICSU). SCAR is charged with initiating, developing, and coordinating high quality international scientific research in the Antarctic and providing independent scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty System.
About Portland State
Portland State University serves as a center of opportunity for nearly 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation's most livable cities, PSU's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve the City," inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe.
Created in 1988, COMNAP is the international association that brings together National Antarctic Programs from around the world to develop and promote best practice in managing the support of scientific research in Antarctica.
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