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


POLAR2018 session program now available

The session program for POLAR2018, the joint SCAR and IASC conference, is now online on, together with a tentative schedule for the Open Science Conference week and further information about the conference...

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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

The 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,...

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SCAR April 2017 Newsletter

Check out SCAR's April Newsletter! In this issue: SCAR News- 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;...

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