SCAR Lecture at ATCM XL in Beijing given by Tim Naish
SCAR Early-Career Fellowships open for applications until 1 July . . . .
The SCAR Strategic Plan 2017-2022 is now available to view and download from the Future Plans section . . . .
“A View Beyond the Horizon: Future Directions in Antarctic Science” - the Horizon Scan identified the most compelling questions for Antarctic research over the next 20 years ...

Antarctica & Climate

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The climate, physical and biological properties of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are closely coupled to the global environment by the ocean and the atmosphere.

Ice Sheets & Under the Ice

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International, intensive field programmes aim at understanding the dynamics of Antarctica's ice sheets, ice shelves, glaciers, sea ice and the continent hidden beneath kilometres of ice.

Ecosystems & Biodiversity

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Life scientists strive to understand the evolution and diversity of life in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean to determine how these processes have produced unique Antarctic ecosystems.

The Poles as a Vantage Point

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Antarctica has unique characteristics that make it a highly desirable vantage point for near-Earth, upper atmosphere, solar, astrophysical and astronomical observations.

Observing Systems

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Integrated, multi-disciplinary observations are needed to understand and predict the response of biota to changes in the Southern Ocean and on the Antarctic continent. 

SCAR, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research,

is a body of ICSU, the International Council for Science, and it is charged with the initiation, promotion and co-ordination of scientific research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. SCAR also provides international, independent scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty system and other bodies.

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Composite 100th Anniversary of Polish Polar Scientific Stations

24 July 2017: We are pleased to announce the International Conference “Interdisciplinary Polar Studies in Poland” to honour the 60th Anniversary of the Polish Polar Station in Hornsund, Svalbard, Arctic, and the 40th Anniversary of the...

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Polar2018 Conference organizers seeking video bloggers

24 July 2017: The organizing committee for Polar2018 is looking for three APECS members to create a video blog during the conference!   You are: A person with some science background and an interest in the polar topics  and that has the...

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Report for SCAR from the WMO EC Panel of Experts on Polar and High Mountain Observations, Research and Services

- Contributed by Steve Colwell, SCAR representative to EC-PHORS The World Meteorological Organisation’s (WMO) Executive Council Panel of Experts on Polar and High Mountain Observations, Research and Services (EC-PHORS) met from 21-24 March 2017...

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