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Fur seal on Half Moon Island, Antarctic Peninsula

About Our Programs

The Omega Foundation
operates through three main programs:

  •  Antarctic Research. The Foundation is now in its fifth season of supporting scientific research 'on the ice'. Our involvement here is expected to continue growing. Our direct involvement with projects  continues to be highest in the Antarctic. We have found that our logistics and fieldwork experience increases the probability of success and reduces the costs of working in the extreme conditions found in Antarctica. We also remain committed to supporting select grantees working in a self-supporting role.

  • Environmental Improvement. Numerous clean-up projects primarily in remote mountain ranges continue to be sponsored by the Foundation. We remain dedicated to this mission. We also believe that this mission needs a more central role in Antarctic projects. A major goal of the Foundation is to encourage development and application of renewable energy sources to provide the power for future field work, to the point that no fossil fuels are used at base camps.

  • Educational Programs. This is a new program of interest, but it has the potential to have the most lasting impact on our mission.  The more people that become aware of the need to protect Antarctica as a place of great scientific value, and of the need to promote environmental responsibility everywhere, the more likely we are to accomplish our mission. Making the data our projects collect available to a world-wide audience of both scientists and laypersons is also fundamental to our mission.

  • Other.  The Foundation occasionally operates projects outside the parameters described above. Most of these are for related work, and are all in high altitude or polar regions. Priority is given to projects that impact the largest number of our three main programs of Antarctic Research, Environmental Improvement, and Educational Programs.
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