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CH2M HILL Polar Services Awarded Arctic Research Support and Logistics Services Contract


DENVER, November 8, 2011 – CH2M HILL Polar Services (CPS) was awarded a third consecutive Arctic Research Support and Logistics Services contract for the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The contract will span eight years and is estimated at approximately $325 million.

CPS consists of CH2M HILL; Polar Field Services, Inc.; SRI International; and UMIAQ, an Alaska Native Corporation.  CPS will provide logistics, operational and other support activities for Arctic research projects and facilities covering Alaska, Greenland, Canada, Russia, Fennoscandia, and the Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas.

The Arctic regions are among the most sensitive to environmental change and provide a unique basis for integrated research on global systems and human adaptation.  “The Arctic plays a key role in the global climate system.  It influences both global atmospheric and ocean circulation patterns. As predicted by global climate models more than 20 years ago, the Arctic is changing more rapidly than the planet as a whole. The Arctic has the potential, in a warming climate, to be an added source of greenhouse gases, both carbon dioxide and the more potent but shorter lived methane, released from the warming permafrost.  This is one example of why it is important to understand the Arctic as a system on its own and as part of the global system,” said NSF’s Simon Stephenson, Director of the Arctic Sciences Division.

CPS will provide a unique suite of services that help scientists and researchers gain a better understanding of the impact that climate change has within the Arctic region.  The scope of the contract includes:

· Logistics planning and operations for science projects

· Procurement and inventory management

· Aviation services

· Engineering and design services

· Facilities planning, construction, maintenance and operations

· Information technology and communications support

· Field safety and risk management

· Quality management

· Stakeholder coordination

CPS has provided Arctic research support for the NSF  since 1999 and annually supports up to 177 science projects and 1,000 scientists and field team members working throughout Alaska, Greenland, Canada, Russia, Iceland, Norway, Arctic Ocean and the North Pole.


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