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

1 penguins21 February 2017:

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, 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

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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

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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

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 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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