POLAR2018 session program now available

1Polar 2018 rgbThe session program for POLAR2018, the joint SCAR and IASC conference, is now online on http://www.polar2018.org/program.html, together with a tentative schedule for the Open Science Conference week and further information about the conference venue.

Abstract submission will open on 1 September 2017. POLAR2018 takes place from 15 - 26 June 2018 in Davos, Switzerland.

Any questions should be directed to: polar2018@slf.ch

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Call for Abstracts and First Circular- 1st SCAR Antarctic Permafrost, Periglacial Processes and Soils (ANTPAS) Workshop October 2017 in Varese, Italy

1AVdP walking group 760x360The 1st International Workshop on Antarctic Permafrost, Periglacial Processes and Soils (ANTPAS) entitled “From an Expert Group to a Research Program” will take place on 4-5th October 2017 in Varese, Italy.

Abstracts are now being accepted, with a template for submission available here, and pre-registration is available using this form. Both should be completed and sent to ANTPAS co-Chair Mauro Guglielmin.

For full details on the meeting, registration, abstract submission and grants available please download the First Circular.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline for abstracts: 1st June 2017
Deadline for payment of registration fees: 1st September 2017

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SCAR April 2017 Newsletter

1 apr17 newsletterCheck out SCAR's April Newsletter!

In this issue:

- Julian Gutt shares his Biodiversity policy work; SCAR Fellows Rosier and Cleeland report on the impact of their SCAR Fellowships; a workshop report on Antarctic sea ice variability; reminders of deadlines for the PhD Opportunity using SCAR archives, Tinker-Muse Prize nominations, and the 2017 Visiting Professor; and an update on biodiversity in Antarctica from President Chown.

Get to Know SCAR
- Geodetic Infrastructure of Antarctica (GIANT) Expert Group
- biodivesity.aq

Featured Member Country - Germany

Research Highlights
- Personal care product compounds found in Antarctic waters; an analysis of Antarctic protected area distrubution; the First Antarctic shelf seabed drilling; and new insights on the source of iron to the Southern Ocean

Educational Resources - Polar Educators International

Community News and Updates
- Research Data Summer School and Workshops, a new 3-D view of Antarctica, Antarctic Geology online course, and a call for proposals from the Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund

Upcoming Events

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Q and A with SCAR AnT-ERA Chief Officer Dr Julian Gutt on his role in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

1 Julian GuttJulian, you have been one of the lead-authors of the IPBES for six months, what is IPBES?

IPBES is the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, an intergovernmental body of the United Nations established in 2012, its secretariat is hosted by the German government. Under IPBES 126 governments assess the state of global biodiversity and ecosystem services it provides to society. The mission is to strengthen the science-policy interface for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development (Info video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeZScdbBz-M).

For the non-specialists out there, what is meant by biodiversity and ecosystem services and why should we care?

Already in the Rio climate conference in 1992 scientists and politicians agreed on a definition. ‘Biological diversity’ means the variability among living organisms from all sources including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems.

"Nature's Contributions to People" (NCP) include the most important ecosystem services (including goods), which are the provision of food and other biological products (e.g. medicine), sustaining a healthy environment, oxygen production, and CO2 uptake, the two latter being especially important within the climate change problem. But NCP also includes negative impacts on people such as dangerous animals, parasites and diseases.

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Deadline for 2017 Tinker-Muse Prize nominations - 17 May

7 April 2017:

1muse awardThe “Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica” is a USD $100,000 unrestricted award presented to an individual in the fields of Antarctic science and/or policy who has demonstrated potential for sustained and significant contributions that will enhance the understanding and/or preservation of Antarctica.

The Prize is inspired by Martha T. Muse’s passion for Antarctica and is a legacy of the International Polar Year 2007-2008. A website with further details, including the process of nomination, closing date and criteria for selecting the prize recipients, is available at www.museprize.org.

Nominations close on 17 May 2017

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Deadline approaching for 2017 SCAR Visiting Professor applications

7 April 2017:

1Visiting Prof logoThere are just over 7 weeks remaining to the deadline for applications for the 2017 SCAR Visiting Professor Scheme.

The Visiting Professorship is for mid- to late-career stage scientists and academics (at least 5 years after completing their PhD) who are involved in Antarctic research, providing the opportunity for them to undertake a short-term visit (1 to 4 weeks) to an institute(s) in another SCAR member country, to provide training and mentoring. The ultimate goal of the scheme is to strengthen the research capacity of countries with smaller or less well-developed Antarctic research programmes, promoting capacity building in the host country and developing long-term links and partnerships which will lead to advances in Antarctic research.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2017.

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Featured Member Country: Germany

7 April 2017:

1NMIII building1 summer2 Polar5 landingGermany has a long and involved history in Antarctica from the expedition led by Eduard Dallman in 1873-74, through the Heroic Agewith expeditions into the Weddell Sea (Erich von Drygalski 1901-1903 and Filchner 1911-1912). During the last four decades, Germany developed a strong Antarctic programme and is now at the forefront of modern research in Antarctica.

Germany is a signatory nation to the Antarctic Treaty with the former East Germany (DDR) signing in 1974 and the former West Germany signing in 1979 and both joined SCAR in 1981 (BRD) and 1982 (DDR). The German national SCAR committee was established in 1978 by the German Research Foundation (DFG), which is the official member of SCAR.Within the Treaty, Germany is a consultative party with voting rights able to make decisions about Antarctica. Germany held the XVIII SCAR Delegates meeting in Bremerhaven in 1984 and twenty years later the XXVIII SCAR Delegates meeting and first Open Science Conference in the same location.

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Deadline Extended: PhD Student Opportunity Examining SCAR’s History

1 SCAR logo blue backgroundSCAR is the international organization tasked with coordinating research in Antarctica and as part of its 60yr Anniversary celebration, has decided to open its archives for a comprehensive study. This is SCAR’s veritable legacy of sixty years of research coordination at the bottom of the world. We are looking for an enthusiastic and bright PhD Student to examine the archival documents in order to better understand SCAR’s role in the shaping of Antarctic science and geopolitics as well as to use the historical evidence to cast new light on Antarctica’s present and future.

The application deadline has been extended to 30 April 2017. Interviews are expected to take place in May, with the successful candidate beginning in the post in October.

The researcher will be employed at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM), University of Manchester, where she/he will receive further training on research methods as well as working space. The PhD student will travel regularly to Cambridge to visit the SCAR archive. SCAR will contribute the office space and incidentals needed by the student to complete the project, as well as some travel costs. SCAR will also provide in-kind assistance to the student while in Cambridge. The investigator may also have the opportunity to attend one of the Antarctic Treaty Meetings to familiarize with the system of scientific governance existing in Antarctica.

For more information please read the full position advertisement: https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=84356&LID=1020

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SCAR Fellow, Sebastian Rosier reports on his collaborative work with Gateway Antarctica, New Zealand

5 April 2017:

1S Rosier rep2015 SCAR Fellow Sebastian Rosier tested ice shelf modelling with ground and satellite data. Mr Rosier is a PhD student at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in Cambridge, UK, and travelled to work with Dr Wolfgang Rack at Gateway Antarctica, Christchurch, New Zealand.

The SCAR Fellowship allowed Sebastian to test model assumptions of ice shelf behaviour in a unique manner. This combined both the nature of the model used and the use of an extensive test dataset. Model assumptions of the type investigated are made frequently in a variety of applications, including e.g. ice sheet mass balance estimates, so it is crucial to evaluate how suitable they are in each case and highlight where they might not be valid. Results demonstrated that interpreting modelling results of ice shelf flexure requires caution before conclusions on ice rheology can be confidently asserted. 

Sebastian reflected “The SCAR Fellowship scheme provided me with a unique opportunity to work abroad with a fantastic group of researchers. Being able to work on new research ideas together has allowed me to grow in confidence as a scientist and opened up a new and enduring collaboration with my hosts.”

The full report is available on the Fellows webpages together with the full list of SCAR Fellows and available Reports.

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Workshop report released on Antarctic sea ice variability and its links to climate research

5 April 2017:

1unnamed 3The extent and concentration of Antarctic sea ice has been observed to increase from the late 1970’s until 2015. However climate models generally simulated decreases over the same period, in line with predictions and observations for Arctic sea ice. In January 2016 a workshop was held in Boulder, Colorado, USA, to bring together scientists with different sets of expertise and perspectives to look at what was driving recent Antarctic sea ice variability. The workshop looked at ways to advance the understanding of Antarctic sea ice and its relationship to the broader ocean-climate system.

Outcomes included identifying key observations, model improvements and new research required to understand the processes controlling the observed variability. The importance of process studies and focusing on regions of particular geographical interest were also emphasized.

The workshop report, which summarises the presentations and discussions from the workshop, has recently been published by the Polar Research Board of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Over 40 scientists attended and a further 16 participated via webcast, exploring potential mechanisms driving the evolution of recent Antarctic sea ice variability and discussing ways to advance understanding.

The workshop included participation of many SCAR scientists, including Science Group Chief Officers David Bromwich (Physical Sciences) and Berry Lyons (Geosciences, to 2016). Support was also provided through the planning process, and also travel funding for individuals, from the SCAR Antarctic Sea-ice Processes and Climate (ASPeCt) Expert Group.

“Antarctic Sea Ice Variability in the Southern Ocean-Climate System” Washington, DC: National Academies Press (2017).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17226/24696

ISBN: 978-0-309-45600-5

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Study finds poor outlook for biodiversity in Antarctica

29 March 2017:

1Monaco Assessment group with HSH Prince Albert II of MonacoAn international study, led by SCAR President Professor Steven Chown, has questioned the widely held view that Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are in a much better environmental shape than the rest of the world. The study, published today in PLoS Biology and involving an interdisciplinary group of 23 researchers compared the position of Antarctic biodiversity and its management with that globally using the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Aichi targets.

It follows a meeting of biodiversity, legal and policy experts held in June 2015 to assess Antarctic and Southern Ocean biodiversity and its conservation status in the context of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011 to 2020, developed under the aegis of the CBD and broadly adopted. The meeting was organized by SCAR in partnership with the government of the Principality of Monaco and Monash University and resulted in the publication in 2015 of the Monaco Assessment.

The study published today presents the full assessment, along with comprehensive evidence underpinning the assessment.

“The results have been truly surprising,” said Professor Chown.“While in some areas, such as invasive species management, the Antarctic region is doing relatively well, in others, such as protected area management and regulation of bioprospecting, it is lagging behind,” he said. 

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SCAR Fellow, Jaimie Cleeland reports on the impact of her experience at the British Antarctic Survey

20 March 2017:

1 J Cleeland rep2014 SCAR Fellow Jaimie Cleeland investigated the population drivers for a community of Southern Ocean albatrosses. Ms Cleeland is a PhD student at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania, Australia, and worked with Dr Richard Phillips at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in Cambridge, UK.

The SCAR Fellowship enabled Jaimie to diversify her analytical skills from foraging ecology to become proficient in demographic modelling and population analysis. These skills were applied to the albatross communities on Sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island. An unexpected result was that heavy grazing by invasive rabbits, and climate driven extreme rainfall events played a considerable role in regulating albatross breeding. Jaimie shared her experience through remote educational activities with schools in Australia while at BAS and upon her return has supported fellow postgraduates at IMAS with tutorials on the skills acquired during her Fellowship as well as a presentation on what SCAR is and tips for applying for the Fellowship.

Jaimie reported “Not only did the SCAR Fellowship connect me with world leaders in Antarctic Science, but also an invaluable network of early career scientists that will one day be world leaders.”

The full report is available on the Fellows webpages together with the full list of SCAR Fellows and available Reports.

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SCAR March 2017 Newsletter

1 Mar17 newsletterCheck out SCAR's March 2017 newsletter!

In this issue:

A PhD Opportunity looking at SCAR's history, the #GreatAntarcticClimateHack, a new R package for Antarctic place names, Past Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics Conference call for abstracts, update on the progress of the Antarctic Near-shore and Terrestrial Observation System, launch of SCAR and COMNAP Fellowships and CCAMLR Scholarships for 2017, Polar Geospacial Bootcamp, Diana Wall and Yan Ropert-Coudert Recognised, and more!

Upcoming Events

Get to Know SCAR
- Geological Mapping Update of Antarctica (GeoMap)
- Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica (CGA)
- Antarctic Near-shore and Terrestrial Observing System (ANTOS)

Featured Member Country - Chile

Research Highlights
WMO verifies Antarctic temperature extremes, elephant seal foraging, and collaboration in Antarctic benthic biodiversity research

Educational Resources
- How do we know what we know from Coring?

Community News and Updates
Sea ice concentration data, conservation of historic Base Y on Horseshoe Island, GEOTRACES Summer School, Asian Polar Science Fellowship Programme, and more 

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PhD Opportunity: Unlocking the SCAR archive: the sixty-year long consolidation of Antarctic governance through polar research

1 pubsA Great PhD Opportunity!

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is the international organization tasked with coordinating research in Antarctica and as part of its 60yr Anniversary celebration, has decided to open its archives for a comprehensive study. This is SCAR’s veritable legacy of sixty years of research coordination at the bottom of the world. We are looking for an enthusiastic and bright scholar to examine the archival documents in order to better understand SCAR’s role in the shaping of Antarctic science and geopolitics as well as to use the historical evidence to cast new light on Antarctica’s present and future. The SCAR archive consists of official documents and correspondence from 1958 to the early 2000s stored in approximately thirty boxes at the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI, Cambridge, UK). The materials document meetings; projects in glaciology, oceanography, solid earth science, and environmental conservation; negotiations and related agreements in the context of the Antarctic Treaty System.

Application Deadline: 07 April 2017


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The #GreatAntarcticClimateHack Seeks Participants

1 climate hack- 17 March 2017: Contributed by Thomas Bracegirdle, AntClim21 Chief Officer

#GreatAntarcticClimateHack will be held October 9-12 2017, at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography Forum, La Jolla, CA. Our first-ever Climate Hack will focus on bringing Antarctic and Southern Ocean observations to bear on evaluating the latest generation of climate and earth system models, producing new climate model metrics for the 21st century.

#GreatAntarcticClimateHack is a workshop to train non-modeling experts to use observational datasets to interrogate CMIP model results, thereby creating new model metrics and validation tools. The aim of the workshop is to facilitate preparation for the next IPCC report for a much broader science community, increase non-traditional climate modeling publications, and learn to apply/utilize data sets that help develop model validation skills. This first workshop will accommodate 50 participants on site, and 50 participants to join remotely online. To learn more or apply to attend, please visit http://www.scar.org/antclim21/antclim21-news.

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Featured Member Country: Chile

14 March 2017:

1 ILAIA 2016 front coverChile built its first Antarctic base on Greenwich Island in 1947.  Along with the UK’s Wordie House, this was one of the first bases to be built in Antarctica.   As Chile was one of the 12 countries active in Antarctica during the International Geophysical Year (1957-58), it was therefore both a founder member of SCAR in 1958 and one of the original signatories of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959.

In Chile, Antarctic research is coordinated by the Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH), which was created by the Chilean government in 1963.  Chile is a member of COMNAP and has stations and shelters in various locations on the South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula, and in the Patriot Hills region of the Ellsworth Mountains.

The Chilean Antarctic Programme has grown substantially over the past few years and we are pleased to share with you several reports highlighting their activities from the 2015-2016 season.

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Attention R Users: A new package with Antarctic place names is now available for use!

14 March 2017:

1README leaflet- Contributed by Ben Raymond, Secretary of SCAR’s Expert Group on Antarctic Biodiversity Informatics

The SCAR Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica (CGA) is the authoritative source for Antarctic place names. It was begun in 1992 and consists of approximately 37,000 names corresponding to 19,000 distinct features. These place names have been submitted by the national names committees from 22 countries. Since 2008, Italy and Australia have jointly managed the CGA, the former taking care of the editing, the latter maintaining the database and website. The SCAR Standing Committee on Antarctic Geographic Information (SCAGI) coordinates the project.

Recently, the SCAR Expert Group on Antarctic Biodiversity Informatics and SCAGI have produced an R package around the CGA. This R package (called "antanym") is intended to provide R users with easy access to CGA data, as well as functionality for filtering, searching, and using place names in the R software environment.

The package can be found here, along with installation instructions and examples of its use. Currently the package only exposes data from the CGA but may be expanded at a later date to other place name sources, such as subantarctic gazetteers. For more information about the CGA, see the overview page on the SCAR website or the CGA home page.

Some GIS packages (e.g. QGIS and ArcGIS) are capable of running R scripts, and so the antanym package might also be of interest to GIS users. QGIS users can alternatively access the CGA through Quantarctica, which also provides some of the same functionality for searching and filtering place names.

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Call for Abstracts: SCAR Past Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics Conference

13 March 2017:

1Square PAIS logoAbstract submission is now open for the SCAR Past Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics (PAIS) conference, to be held in Trieste, Italy from 10-15 September 2017. Organised by the SCAR PAIS Scientific Research Programme, the aim of the conference is to present recent results that address still open questions in understanding the sensitivity of the Antarctic Ice Sheet and its contribution to past and future sea level and climate change, as identified by the SCAR Horizon Scan.

Abstracts submission via the conference webpages is now open here. Submission Deadline is the end of April 2017.

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Dr Diana Wall awarded Eminent Ecologist Award 2017 by ESA

13 March 2017:

1 Diana WallThe Ecological Society of America (ESA) has awarded its Eminent Ecologist Award for 2017 to Dr Diana Wall. The Eminent Ecologist Award honors a senior ecologist for an outstanding body of ecological work or sustained ecological contributions of extraordinary merit. The citation notes Dr Wall’s outstanding research on soil ecology in the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica.

Dr Wall was awarded the SCAR Presidents Medal for Outstanding Achievement in 2010 in recognition of her work examining the response of soil biodiversity and ecosystem processes to environmental change. She has also been a key member of several of SCAR’s Life Sciences programmes, contributed to the 2014 SCAR Horizon Scan and has served on the SCAR Development Council. Wall Valley, Antarctica was named for her achievements in 2004.

Please join us in congratulating Dr Wall. The full news release with further details of her outstanding career is available here.

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Discount registration for Early Career Scientists at FRISP 2017 until March 15th

8 March 2017:

1 BruntIS3Early career scientists, including Masters and PhD students, can apply for a 30% discount in registration fees for the 2017 Forum for Research into Ice Shelf Processes (FRISP) meeting before 15 March 2017. The meeting will be held in Bergen, Norway from 19 to 22 June 2017. The final deadline for registration is 10 April.

Registration is now open here.

The FRISP 2017 meeting is an opportunity for scientists working on ice shelf processes to meet in an informal setting and to exchange ideas, results and field plans.

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Update on the progress of the Antarctic Near-shore and Terrestrial Observation System

1 ANTOS DSC 05957 March 2017: Contributed by Vonda Cummings

The Antarctic Near-shore and Terrestrial Observation System (ANTOS) Expert Group has published its report from their 2016 meeting in Kuala Lumpur. At this workshop, ANTOS committee members reported on progress and deliverables from previous workshops that will direct the design and implementation of ANTOS, and attendees at the workshop discussed program “next steps”. Read the full report here.

Progress to date includes: (1) a preliminary version of a database management schema and user interface (UI) that will be the backbone of an ANTOS website. This has been developed by Soon Gyu Hong from the Korean Polar Research Institute (KOPRI). The website and database will provide a portal for data management and sharing among the international research community; (2) Action group committee members, led by Byron Adams (Brigham Young University, United States) and Emmanuelle Sultan (Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, France) have designed an online survey to poll the international community to designate suitable, high-priority sites that should be included in the ANTOS network; (3) Action group members have reviewed technical aspects of site instrumentation (e.g., sensor networks, telemetry, remote data transfer) and have drafted technical guidelines for standards for a 3-tier system to guide investment in ANTOS site infrastructure by national programs; (4) Peter Convey (British Antarctic Survey, BAS) presented results from a BAS supported workshop to create an Atlas of Ice-Free Areas of Antarctica to identify prospective terrestrial ice-free sites that should be prioritized to be included in the ANTOS network.

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Spanish Language Webinar on Writing for Success! Preparing winning Fellowship applications - March 15th

6 March 2017:

1 SCAR COMNAP APECS logo tower

[Spanish translation below]

Preparing a successful fellowship application is a skill. Often, lack of success with applications is not due to a poor research idea but comes down to the inability to express clearly and confidently, in writing, your research to someone else. Everyone’s writing skills can be improved and be made more effective. This mentoring activity is designed to help early career persons with developing their fellowship proposal writing skills. It is particularly meant for young researchers in countries with a small or just developing Antarctic research community that may not have adequate mentoring in their home institutions.

The need for such mentoring arose after review of the many hundreds of SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship applications received over the past several years. Funding is limited and so reviewers often need to make difficult choices. Success or failure often depends on whether the proposal is written clearly and efficiency.

After the success of the first training webinar held in 2016 (recording available here https://vimeo.com/165109392), SCAR, COMNAP and APECS will be partnering again to hold a similar training webinar, but this time in Spanish . Writing about research can be difficult, writing in your second (or third) language poses yet another set of challenges. This webinar hopes to provide additional tips and tricks for writing applications in English for Spanish speakers.

Join us for a webinar on our fellowships and tips for successful applications on 15 March 2017 at 13:00 GMT

Register for the webinar here https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7208702077454125059

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Antarctic Organisations Launch Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities for 2017

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SCAR and COMNAP Fellowships 2017 and CCAMLR Scientific Scholarships 2017 

Three leading Antarctic organisations today announce opportunities for early-career researchers. The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes (COMNAP) and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) are working together to attract talented early-career researchers, scientists, engineers and other professionals to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in fields such as climate, biodiversity, conservation, humanities and astrophysics research.

SCAR and COMNAP have again joined forces to launch fellowships for early-career researchers. SCAR will offer 4 to 5 fellowships of up to USD $15,000 each for 2017 and COMNAP will offer a fellowship with funding of up to USD $15,000. The fellowships enable early-career researchers to join a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating partnerships that last for many years and over many Antarctic field seasons. Note that for 2017 the COMNAP eligibility criteria and application process are separate to that of SCAR. The deadline for SCAR and COMNAP applications is 1 July 2017.

The SCAR and COMNAP schemes are launched in conjunction with the Scientific Scholarship Scheme of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). The CCAMLR Scholarship provides funding of up to AUD $30,000 to assist early-career scientists to participate in the work of the CCAMLR Scientific Committee and its working groups over a period of two years. The objective of the scheme is to build capacity within the CCAMLR scientific community to help generate and sustain the scientific expertise needed to support the work of CCAMLR in the long-term. The deadline for CCAMLR applications is 1 October 2017.

All three schemes are being jointly promoted by the three organisations. 

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Call for Applications: 2017 Polar Geospatial Center Boot Camp

1 2016 geomap workshop27 February 2017: Contributed by the SCAR Geological Mapping Update of Antarctica (GeoMap) Action Group

We're excited to announce another installment of our popular summer workshop. The 2017 Polar Geospatial Center Boot Camp, our intensive, four-day geospatial workshop, will take place from August 7th - 10th on the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota.

The workshop focuses on applications of commercial satellite imagery for polar science. Instructor-led short courses include Discovering Geospatial Data at the Poles, DEM Extraction from Stereoscopic Imagery, Georeferencing Maps and Aerial Imagery, and more. The PGC Boot Camp also hosts visiting expert speakers and offers dedicated project work time for one-on-one support from PGC staff.

Visit the Polar Boot Camp website for details. Application closes June 14th, 2017!

The Boot Camp is sponsored by the US National Science Foundation, the University of Minnesota's Polar Geospacial Center and the SCAR GeoMap Action Group.

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SCAR’s Life Sciences Chief Officer Yan Ropert-Coudert Named 2017 PEW Marine Fellow

1 ropertcoudert work PEW23 February 2017: Quoted from: Pew Charitable Trusts

"The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life. The Pew marine fellows program was created to seek solutions to the problems affecting the world’s oceans.

Yan Ropert-Coudert will investigate whether jellyfish, sea salps, and comb jellies in the Southern Ocean could serve as alternative food sources for krill-dependent species such as Adélie penguins, whose traditional prey species are expected to decline with increased ocean warming and acidification."

Learn more about Yan’s work through Pew and about his SCAR activities through the Life Sciences Group and the Expert Group on Birds and Marine Mammals (EG-BAMM).

Congratulations Yan!

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Travel Support for Graduate Students and Early Career Scientists to attend the 12th Workshop on Antarctic Meteorology and Climate

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The Physical Science Group of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Commission on Polar Meteorology (ICPM) of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS) have provided funding to support the participation of graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.) and early career scientists (within 5 years of graduation of either Ph.D. or M.S.) in the 12th Workshop on Antarctic Meteorology and Climate. Support can cover the registration fee of $145, hotel accommodation, and airfare. Depending on the number of applications received and their merit, partial support may be awarded to some or all applications. Preference will be given to under-represented groups and applicants from countries with developing Antarctic programs. Selections will be made by the Organizing Committee for the workshop.

To apply: Send a short CV (1 page), a brief statement of the benefit to your career of attendance and how you will contribute to the workshop (1 page), and a budget for the support you are seeking. Send these materials to Dr. David Bromwich, bromwich.1@osu.edu. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged.

Deadline for receipt of applications: April 1, 2017.

Awards will be announced by April 15, 2017. Successful applicants will pay for their justified expenditures and will get refunded later (up to the award amount) based on receipts provided.

Things to remember: The funding is limited and applications will likely be very competitive. Please keep these factors in mind when completing your application, and make your best case for support.

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SCAR February 2017 Newsletter

1 feb17 newsletterCheck out SCAR's Febraury 2017 newsletter!

Calls for abstracts for the SCAR Biology Symposium, the SCAR Humanities and Social Sciences Conference, and an Airborne Geodesy workshop, an announcement on Past Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics Conference, Visiting Professor Call for 2017 applicants, Tinker-Muse Prize 2017 open for nominations, and other updates.

Upcoming Events

Get to Know SCAR
- Antarctic Climate Change in the 21st Century (AntClim21)
- Geodetic Infrastructure of Antarctica (GIANT) Expert Group
- History Expert Group
- Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group

Featured Member Country - Norway

Research Highlights
Southern Ocean observations on Antarctic Bottom Water, ice shelf stability and meltwater links, an AntECO update on surface-to-deep-water biology, observations on ice-shelf meltwater outflow, and ice core and climate reanalysis analogs

Educational Resources
ROV Design Challenge and an online resource on the History of Antarctic Exploration

Community News and Updates
Call for SCOR working groups, update on UK’s Halley station, call for abstracts for symposium at KOPRI, update from ICSU on gender issues, summer school opportunity in India, IAATO seeks new Executive Director, an update on the Polar Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Networks, call for guest scientists, why WIGOS and OSCAR might be important for you, and an update from EU-PolarNet.

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Abstract Deadline for SCAR Biology Symposium Extended until 28 Feb

1 SCAR Bio Symp 2017 logo14 February 2017:

The XIIth Biology Symposium of the Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research (SCAR) with the general theme 'Scale Matters', will be held in Leuven, Belgium from Monday 10th to Friday 14th July 2017. 

We would like to inform you that our deadline for abstract submission has been extended, to allow more time for researchers still returning from field expeditions. The local organizing committee (LOC) and the scientific committee (SC) will consider all abstracts submitted to the conference until Tuesday, the 28th of February 2017. Abstracts must be relevant to one of the Conference sessions and authors are requested to mark one of them, under which their abstract should be evaluated by the referees.

Furthermore, we are happy to announce following keynote speakers for the Symposium will be Renuka Badhe,Christophe Barbaud, Alexander Choukèr, Don Cowan, Karin Lochte, Irene Schloss, Scarlett Trimborn, Lily Simonson as artist in residence.

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SCAR Featured Member Country: Norway

1 ElvarØrnKjartansson NPINorwegian activity in the southern Polar Regions began in 1892 with ship owner Lars Christensen’s Jason expedition led by Captain C. A. Larsen. Norway was also particularly active during the heroic age of the explorers, in which the achievement of the Norwegian Roald Amundsen and his team in being the first people to reach the South Pole on 14. December 1911 is well-known to many. Norway has since continued its interests in the frozen continent through its engagement in assuring the preservation and protection of Antarctica. Norway was, due to its active participation in IGY, among the original signatories to the Antarctic Treaty and one of the first 12 countries to form the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research in 1958. Norway played an active and important role in the preparation of the Proto­col on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, signed by the Antarctic Treaty Parties on 4 October 1991.

Norway’s recent Antarctic facilities include Troll station in Dronning Maud Land, a year-round facility that was first established as a seasonal station in 1990, then upgraded to a year-round station in 2005, and the 3000-m-long Troll Airfield. A small additional field station, Tor, is used for ornithological studies. They have also reestablished their station on Bouvetøya, an island between South Africa and Antarctica, which is the base of operations for a CEMP seal, penguin and bird monitoring program that started in the mid-1990s. The ice-strengthened vessel Lance has been used for research in polar waters since 1994. Norway is in the process of building a new national ice-strengthened research vessel, Kronprins Haakon, that will be operative both in the Arctic and the Southern Ocean from early 2018.

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Call for Abstracts: Depths and Surfaces: Understanding the Antarctic Region through the Humanities and Social Sciences

1 HASSEG 20179 February 2017:

On 5-7 July 2017 the University of Tasmania is hosting the conference “Depths and Surfaces: Understanding the Antarctic Region through the Humanities and Social Sciences”, at the IMAS and CSIRO waterfront buildings. The Conference is the third joint conference of the SCAR Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group and the History Expert Group.

The organizers invite papers from a broad range of disciplines – including history, literary and cultural studies, creative arts, sociology, politics, geography and law – that engage with the Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and Southern Ocean. Contributions from scientists interested in engaging with the Humanities and Social Science community are encouraged. Both proposals for individual papers (20 minutes with 10 minutes question time) and interdisciplinary panels are welcome.

Submission Deadline: 3 March 2017, with notification of acceptance by 31 March 2017.

For more information, visit http://antarctica-hasseg.com/biennial-conference-2017/

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Call for SCAR 2017 Visiting Professor Applications

1 Visiting Prof logo6 February 2017:

The SCAR Visiting Professor Scheme is designed to encourage the active involvement of scientists and academics in Antarctic research, and to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in Antarctic research. Application submission for 2017 is open now until 31 May.

Thanks to the kind additional support of both Norway and Switzerland, who have each provided funds for an additional Visiting Professorship, we are able to offer up to 4 awards in 2017. 

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Norway and Switzerland contribute to SCAR’s Visiting Professor Scheme

Norway flag Switzerland flag6 February 2017:

As part of SCAR’s efforts to increase the opportunities we provide for capacity development of Antarctic research in our member countries, the SCAR Development Council solicited voluntary contributions from our National Committees and Delegates last year to enhance our Early Career Fellowships and Visiting Professorship awards.

We are pleased to report that Norway (the Norwegian Polar Institute) and Switzerland (the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, WSL) have contributed funds to support 2 additional visiting fellowships. SCAR’s normal budget provides 2 $2500 Visiting Professor Awards annually. The additional contributions from Norway and Switzerland will allow us to double the number of awards for 2017, providing we receive applications meeting our criteria.

For more information about the Visiting Professorships and the Early Career Fellowships, visit our website. If you are interested in contributing to these efforts, please contact SCAR.

Please join us in thanking Norway and Switzerland for their additional contributions to our capacity building efforts.

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SCAR Visiting Professor Report on Robert Larter’s Visit to Norway

1 robert larter4 February 2017:

2015 SCAR Visiting Professor Dr Robert Larter has completed his exchange to Tromsø, Norway. Dr Larter is the Deputy Science Leader of the Palaeoenvironments, Ice sheets and Climate Change (PICC) team at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). He was hosted at the Department of Geology, University of Tromsø, by Dr Matthias Forwick.  Read the full report here.

Dr Larter was awarded the visit to Norway to mentor a new generation of marine geoscientists whose experience in the Arctic could be complemented by Dr Larters expertise in Antarctic research. To date, Norwegian researchers have conducted little geoscience research in the Antarctic and thus the visit was timely as a major new opportunity for Norwegian researchers to develop Antarctic research initiatives will emerge when their new polar research vessel, the RV Kronprins Haakon, comes into service in 2018.

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Call for Nominations - 2017 Tinker-Muse Prize

1 muse award27 January 2017:

We are delighted to announce that the 2017 Tinker-Muse Prize is now open for nominations.

The “Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica” is a USD $100,000 unrestricted award presented to an individual in the fields of Antarctic science and/or policy who has demonstrated potential for sustained and significant contributions that will enhance the understanding and/or preservation of Antarctica. The Prize is inspired by Martha T. Muse’s passion for Antarctica and is a legacy of the International Polar Year 2007-2008.

The prize-winner can be from any country and work in any field of Antarctic science and/or policy. The goal is to provide recognition of the important work being done by the individual and to call attention to the significance of understanding Antarctica in a time of change. A website with further details, including the process of nomination, closing date and criteria for selecting the prize recipients, is available at www.museprize.org.

Nominations close on 17 May 2017.

TinkerFoundationLogoScarLogoThe Prize is awarded by the Tinker Foundation and administered by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR).

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SCAR January 2017 Newsletter

1 Jan17 NewsCheck out SCAR's January 2017 newsletter! 

In this issue:

- Support for Physical Science Early Career Researchers, Workshop reports, Meeting Announcements, SOOS Field Projects Database, the New SCAR Strategic Plan, and Congrats to Dame Jane Francis!

Upcoming Events

Get to Know SCAR
- Antarctic Digital Magnetic Anomaly Map Project (ADMAP)
- Biogeochemical Exchange Processes at the Sea-Ice Interfaces (BEPSII)
- Antarctic Permafrost, Soils and Periglacial Environments (ANTPAS)
- Solid Earth Response and influence on Cryospheric Evolution (SERCE)

Featured Member Country - India

Research Highlights
- AnT-ERA cruise update, improving GPS Navigation in Antarctica, Politics in Antarctica, and Atmosphere, Ocean and Cryosphere links

Educational Resources
- How do snowflakes become ice without melting? and Objects in Antarctica - Movies and Teacher Packs

Partner News and Updates
- Antarctic Course in Biological Adaptations to Environmental Change, Polar prediction and sea ice modelling workshops, A free virtual field trip to Antarctica, The 23rd International Symposium on Polar Sciences at KOPRI

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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:

Alejandra Borunda - Columbia University, USA
Max Holloway - British Antarctic Survey, UK
Gail Muldoon - University of Texas, USA
Kiya Riverman - Pennsylvania State University, USA
Tyler Jones - University of Colorado, USA
Lukas Preiswerk - ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Melinda Nicewonger - University of California Irvine, USA
Olivia Miller - University of Utah, USA
Eleanor Dowd - Dartmouth College, USA
Sarah Wheatley - University of Maine, USA

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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 www.polenet.org 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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