Now the government shutdown has ended, but since the window for setting up and beginning research is so small in Antarctica research cannot just be continued as usual. While the Antarctic program is no longer in only caretaker status, the resources are not available in time for all originally planned research to be supported. This leads to some research teams being told they have to wait until next year, which will affect some data of projects that are in the middle of multi-year research programs. While it certainly affects the data and the people that arranged their lives to be in Antarctica for the research season, at least some of the U.S. Antarctic programs will get to happen this season.
- Despite End of U.S. Shutdown, Antarctic Research Projects Still Getting Cancelled (Science, 20 Oct 2013)