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


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

20 March 2017: 2014 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,...

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SCAR March 2017 Newsletter

Check out SCAR's March 2017 newsletter! In this issue: SCAR NewsA 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...

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

A 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...

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