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


Final Circular available for 1st International ANTPAS Workshop

18 September 2017: The final circular has been issued for the 1st International Workshop on Antarctic Permafrost, Periglacial Processes and Soils (ANTPAS), taking place in Varese, Italy on 4-5 October 2017.  The title of the workshop is...

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SCAR 2017 Fellowship awards announced.

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is pleased to announce the 2017 Fellowship awardees. This year, a total of 38 applications were received for the Fellowships, which are for up to US$15,000 each. Six SCAR Fellowships will be...

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4th Snow Science Winter School open for applications

13 September 2017: The 4th Snow Science Winter School takes place at Col du Lautaret, France, from 11 to 17 February 2018. The course is again co-sponsored by SCAR's Snow in Antarctica (SnowAnt) group. The school will cover: State-of-the-art...

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