Office of Research

Polar Science Center


The Polar Science Center (PSC) is a unit of the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington. Polar Science Center researchers observe and model the physical processes that control the nature and distribution of sea ice and polar ice sheets, the structure and movement of high-latitude oceans, and the interactions between air, sea, ice and biota. The Center has made major contributions to the understanding of how the arctic system has undergone important changes during the past four decades.

Core Services Offered

Cryospheric Research, Education, Logistics support.

Funding Information:

National Science Foundation (NSF).
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Office of Naval Research (ONR).

Reporting Structure:

Jeff Simmen, Director of APL

Related UW Entities:

College of Arts & Sciences, College of the Environment, School of Oceanography, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, JISAO, School of Marine Affairs, School of Forest Resources

Center Details

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Director: Schweiger, Axel
Location: Benjamin Hall
Year Started: 1982
Administrator / Program Manager: Chao, Yu-Chan
Administering College/School: Applied Physics Laboratory 
Faculty Involvement: 20