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SCAR EXCOM 2005 13: Implementation Plan for Evolution and Biodiversity in the Antarctic (EBA)
SCAR Executive Committee Meeting
4-7 July 2005, Sofia, Bulgaria

SCAR EXCOM 2005 13: Implementation Plan for Evolution and Biodiversity in the Antarctic (EBA)

Paper: 13
Agenda Item: 6.3
Deadline: 1 June
Person Responsible: di Prisco

Evolution and Biodiversity in the Antarctic: the Response of Life to Change (EBA)

Implementation plan

The structure of this programme will be based around a series of five major unifying key questions that are addressed across the realms of terrestrial, limnetic and marine environments. These will form the Work Packages of the programme which will operate along the lines of a matrix of the key questions vs selected environments.

The EBA programme will bring together a wide range of disciplines to tackle a series of well focused questions. These disciplines include plate tectonics, climatology, glaciology, geophysics, oceanography, paleontology, molecular biology, taxonomy, biogeography, autecology, cellular and organismal-level ecophysiology, and community ecology.

The programme will run a series of workshops. There will be three types: a) thematical, fostering cross-disciplinary interaction, including joint workshops with the other SCAR programmes, particularly ACE and AGCS; b) interaction with non-polar experts in evolutionary biology; c) integrative, for the Antarctic community. The workshop timetable will be defined at the EBA workshop during the SCAR Biology Symposium in Curitiba in 2005.

Additional to the workshops will be national and international field programmes. Such programs will be wide ranging, including subantarctic islands, inland to the most remote nunataks as well as northward to the Magallanes, and stretching across the Southern Ocean down to the deep ocean as well as the shelves. This wide range will need significant support from COMNAP and national programs.


  • To understand the evolution and diversity of life in the Antarctic.
  • To determine how these have influenced the properties and dynamics of present Antarctic ecosystems and the Southern Ocean system.
  • To make predictions on how organisms and communities are responding and will respond to current and future environmental change.