SCAR Lecture at ATCM XL in Beijing given by Tim Naish
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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Recent news


“Interdisciplinary Polar Studies in Poland” (IPSiP) conference - abstracts submission extended

Please note the following message from the organisers of the SCAR sponsored “Interdisciplinary Polar Studies in Poland” - IPSiP conference: Due to requests from Arctic researchers still working in the field, the deadline for abstract...

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Update from the SCAR Secretariat

As the Antarctic field season is getting underway, we thought it might be a good time to provide a little update on some of the ‘behind the scenes’ activities of the SCAR Secretariat. Over the past few months, a lot of work has gone into...

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Final Circular available for 1st International ANTPAS Workshop

18 September 2017: The final circular has been issued for the 1st International Workshop on Antarctic Permafrost, Periglacial Processes and Soils (ANTPAS), taking place in Varese, Italy on 4-5 October 2017.  The title of the workshop is...

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