17 November 2016:
2015 SCAR Visiting Professor Prof John Turner has recently completed his exchange to India. Prof Turner is the leader of the Polar Climate and Prediction group at the British Antarctic Survey and Chief Officer of the SCAR Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment (ACCE) Expert Group. He was hosted at the National Center for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) in Goa, India by Dr Thamban Meloth. Read the full report here.
Prof Turner delivered 3 talks at NCAOR during the course of his visit on topics of Antarctic Climate Modelling, a subject in which NCAOR does not presently have specific expertise. He also held discussions with the Indian National Polar Data Center on the needs of climatologists and how their user interface might be developed. In further work he collaborated with individual scientists working in meteorology and paleoclimatology to investigate common topics of interest, collaborations which will continue after the visit itself. As a result, Prof Turner learnt a lot about the Asian monsoon and how it may interact with other elements of the climate system as far way as Antarctica.
The SCAR Visiting Professor Scheme is directed at mid- to late-career scientists and academics (more than five years after completing their PhD) whose work contributes to the research objectives of SCAR, offering the opportunity for them to undertake a short-term visit (from one to four weeks) to another SCAR member country to provide training and mentoring. The core purpose of the Visiting Professor Scheme is to build capacity in countries with smaller or less-developed Antarctic research programmes.
A full list of the SCAR Visiting Professors together with the available Visit Reports are available at the Visiting Professors Awardees webpage.