SCAR Physical Sciences Group supports Ice Core Early-Career Scientists at the Fall AGU Meeting

18 January 2017:

1 Eleanor Dowd AGUTen early-career scientists studying ice core science were supported with travel funds for the recent Fall AGU (American Geophysical Union) meeting in San Francisco. The SCAR Physical Sciences Group provided the funds to the Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS) group following an open call to those first authors presenting either posters or talks at the meeting. 

The chosen recipients of the funds were:

Recipient Country Institute

Alejandra Borunda


Columbia University

Max Holloway


British Antarctic Survey

Gail Muldoon


University of Texas

Kiya Riverman


Pennsylvania State University

Tyler Jones


University of Colorado

Lukas Preiswerk


ETH Zurich

Melinda Nicewonger


University of California Irvine

Olivia Miller


University of Utah

Eleanor Dowd


Dartmouth College

Sarah Wheatley


University of Maine


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ADMAP (Antarctic Digital Magnetic Anomaly Project) Workshop Report Published

17 January 2017:

ADMAPThe most recent meeting of the ADMAP (Antarctic Digital Magnetic Anomaly Project) community took place at the Renaissance Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, just before the start of the 2016 SCAR Open Science Conference. With completion of the ADMAP-2 compilation just a step or two away, the meeting was a full and exciting one, with much to arrange for the coming year. The report summarises the discussions and some of the next most important steps to bring ADMAP2 to a successful conclusion. The next planned meeting will be a splinter meeting at EGU 2017.

For more information on the ADMAP Expert Group, visit the ADMAP section of the website.

Read the report of the ADMAP-2 Workshop on the ADMAP Publications page.


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Featured Member Country: India

17 January 2017:

Highlighting India’s national activities

Bharati baseAs part of our drive to promote SCAR’s national committees and feature the efforts of our members’ research communities, we are delighted to highlight the work of our colleagues from India. The Indian Antarctic Programme is the responsibility of the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), an autonomous organisation of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India. The national committee recently submitted its National Annual Report for 2016, including research highlights from the 2015-16 season.

India’s first expedition to Antarctica was in 1981. Two years later, India signed the Antarctic Treaty, and constructed its first research base, Dakshin Gangotri, during the 1983-84 season. It joined the SCAR family on 1 October 1984.

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2017 Biogeochemical Processes at Sea Ice Interfaces (BEPSII) Meeting

16 January 2016:

1 AVdP seaice interfaceThe annual meeting of the Biogeochemical Processes at Sea Ice Interfaces (BEPSII) Action Group will be held on 3-5 April 2017 at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla, San Diego, California.  It follows the Gordon Research Conference on Polar Marine Science, to be held at the end of March in Ventura, California. 

The 2017 BEPSII meeting will include the launch and first meeting of the new SCOR working group on Measuring Essential Climate Variables in Sea Ice (ECV-ice). The meeting will be a combination of overview and new science talks, posters, and discussion sessions.  A rough agenda is available on the meeting webpage.  Anyone wishing to participate must add their details to the registration form.  Limited travel support is available.

For more information, see the BEPSII Meeting webpage.

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International Antarctic permafrost, periglacial processes and soils workshop

16 January 2017:

1 ANTPASThe SCAR Antarctic Permafrost and Soils (ANTPAS) Expert Group is holding its first international workshop on 4-5 October 2017 at Insubria University, Varese, Italy.

The workshop will mainly focus on the main SCAR Horizon Scan questions and the future hot scientific topics concerning the permafrost environment in Antarctica.  For the past 20 years, research has mainly focused on the thermal state of permafrost and the active layer, periglacial processes and landforms and cryosoils.  However, recently the community is becoming multidisciplinary, with research more focused on terrestrial ecosystem dynamics under a changing climate.  Simultaneously, the links between ecosystem and permafrost scientists became stronger and more collaborative.

This workshop aims at being the starting point for a tentative new SCAR multidisciplinary research programme focusing on a holistic approach to the changing Antarctic permafrost systems.  Several SCAR Horizon Scan questions can only be properly addressed within an encompassing new research programme.

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SOOS Field Projects Database in Beta Test Stage

11 January 2017:

SOOS logoFor some years, oceanic and polar researchers have been discussing the need for a tool that allows us to share information on field projects, before heading to sea. SOOS (the Southern Ocean Observing System) is coordinating the development of a multi-disciplinary, international field projects database. This database will host details of voyage transects and of the individual project leaders working on board.

The database will include the following:

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Developing the West Antarctic Peninsula International Network within SOOS

11 January 2017:

1 SOOS WAPWGThe 1st Workshop of the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) West Antarctic Peninsula Regional Working Group (WAP WG) will be held at the Aurora Conference Centre, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK, 15-16 May 2017.

This workshop will focus on the development of the West Antarctic Peninsula Working Group, including building the community, identifying existing activities and observational gaps, aligning data efforts, and articulation of an action plan moving forward. The workshop is sponsored by the British Antarctic Survey, SCAR and SOOS and is open to anyone interested in attending.

For more information, visit the workshop website.

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POLENET/SERCE Glacial Seismology Training School - Apply by 31 January

10 January 2017:

1 CryoSeis HomepageImage2A training school focused on exploring glacial seismology will be held from 11-17 June 2017 on the campus of Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.  The programme will include lectures and practical exercises aimed at current and emergent seismological studies of glacial dynamics, structure, seismogenic processes, and seismic observables.   While primarily aimed at graduate students and early-career scientists, all interested parties are encouraged to apply regardless of career or experience level.  There is no registration fee, and participants will be provided with food and lodging for the duration of the training school.  Funding for additional travel expenses, including airfare, may also be available for both US and non-US participants.

Financial support for the training school is provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Antarctica Network (ANET) component of the Polar Earth Observing Network (POLENET) project and by the Scientific Community on Antarctic Research (SCAR) through the Solid Earth Responses and influences on Cryospheric Evolution (SERCE) programme.

The deadline to apply is 31 January 2017.  For more information on the school and to apply, visit and click on the "Training School Information and Applications" link.

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CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel (SORP) meeting report available

10 January 2017:

1 SORP China 2016The 11th session of the CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel (SORP) was held on 17-18 September 2016 at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Qingdao, China. Download the report here.

The purpose of the group is to serve as a forum for the discussion and communication of scientific advances in the understanding of climate variability and change in the Southern Ocean, and to advise CLIVAR, CliC, and SCAR on progress, achievements, new opportunities and impediments in internationally-coordinated Southern Ocean research.

To learn more about the group and their activities, visit their webpage hosted by CLIVAR.

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Antarctic Meteorological and Climate Workshop and Meetings

10 January 2017:

1 Met Climate Workshop 2017Three Antarctic-related meetings to be held from 26-30 June 2017: the 12th Workshop on Antarctic Meteorology and Climate, the second planning meeting on YOPP In the Southern Hemisphere, and the Southern Ocean Regional Panel (SORP) Meeting, all kindly hosted by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

The 12th Workshop on Antarctic Meteorology and Climate brings together those with both research and operational interests in Antarctic meteorology and forecasting and related disciplines.  It serves as a forum for current results, ideas, and issues in Antarctic meteorology, numerical weather prediction, forecasting, and climate.  The workshop is sponsored by SCAR through the OpMet (Operational Meteorology in the Antarctic) Expert Group.  Visit the workshop website for more information.

The Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) will be officially launched in May 2017.  During the core phase of YOPP from mid-2017 to mid-2019, a Special Observing Period in the Southern Hemisphere will take place from mid-November 2018 to mid-February 2019.  This will have intensified research activities, including enhanced routine synoptic observations and radiosonde launches. 

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SCAR Strategic Plan 2017-2022 Published

5 January 2017:

1 2017 Strategic Plan coverWe are pleased to share the 2017-2022 SCAR Strategic Plan. The plan was written by a team of dedicated SCAR-affiliated scientists and leaders over the course of 2016, in consultation with SCAR’s Delegates, National Committees, Partners and concerned scientists and educators.

SCAR’s vision is to create a legacy of Antarctic research as a foundation for a better future. In line with this vision, through scientific research and international cooperation SCAR will establish a thorough understanding of the nature of Antarctica, the role of Antarctica in the global system, and the character and effects of environmental change and human activities on Antarctica.  SCAR's work in the next five years will focus on key objectives:

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