Antarctica & Climate

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

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

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

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

Observing Systems

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


Prof Helen Fricker named AGU Fellow

14 August 2017: Prof Helen Fricker was recently named as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).  AGU fellows are recognised for their “exceptional contributions to Earth and space sciences as valued by their peers and vetted by a...

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The Year That Made Antarctica

3 August 2017: SCAR makes a small but significant appearance in the current special exhibition at the Scott Polar Research Institute's Polar Museum.  Named “The Year That Made Antarctica”, the exhibition is about the people and politics of...

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SCAR July/August 2017 Newsletter

Check out SCAR’s July/August Newsletter! In this issue: SCAR News- Polish Polar Research’s composite 100th anniversary, Polar2018 seeks video bloggers, WMO EC-PHORS report for SCAR, Survey for the Antarctic Near-Shore and Terrestrial...

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