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SCAR EXCOM 2013 WP09: Report on AAA (Astronomy and Astrophysics from Antarctica)
SCAR Executive Committee Meeting
22-23 July 2013, Barcelona, Spain

SCAR EXCOM 2013 WP09: Report on AAA (Astronomy and Astrophysics from Antarctica)

Working Paper 9
Agenda Item: 2.3.2
Deadline: 22 May 2013
Person Responsible: John S.

Executive Summary

Title: Astronomy and Astrophysics from Antarctica (AAA)

Authors: John Storey (Chief Officer) with input from the Working Group chairs.

Introduction/Background: The Astronomy and Astrophysics from Antarctica (AAA) SRP was launched in 2010 in recognition of the rapidly growing level of international activity in Antarctic astronomy, and the desirability of improved cooperation and coordination in this field.

The SRP carries out many of its activities on-line, holding a major face-to-face meeting every two years – alternating with the SCAR OSC.

Important Issues or Factors: At the present time AAA is functioning well. There have been a couple of changes to the membership of the Steering Committee, but otherwise there has been little deviation from the original Implementation Plan.

Recommendations/Actions and Justification: No new actions required at this stage.

Expected Benefits/Outcomes: The overarching goals of AAA are to add value to national research programs in Antarctic astronomy and astrophysics, and to maximise productive interaction with other disciplines.

Partners: No formal partners. The IAU (International Astronomical Union) is a Union Member of SCAR.

Budget Implications: Continued funding at the standard SRP level of $20,000 is requested.