The U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) is managed by the National Science Foundation, providing support personnel and facilities, and coordinating transportation and other logistics for scientific research at the South Pole.
But due to a lapse in appropriations caused by the government shutdown, funds the program will be depleted by October 14, 2013, according to USAP.
What's it really like to do research in Antarctica? In the book Empire Antarctica, author Gavin Francis details his 14 month adventure as the base-camp doctor at Halley research station in Antarctica.
While working at the camp Francis chronicles his experiences with emperor penguins, the only species able to thrive under the harsh conditions that exist there.
Empire Antarctica is the story of one man and his fascination with the world's loneliest continent, as well as the emperor penguins who weather the winter with him. Combining an evocative narrative with a sublime sensitivity to the natural world, this is travel writing at its very best.
Today Francis joins The Takeaway to discuss his work and the way forward for Antartic research like the USAP.