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SCAR XXIX WP32: Future of the Standing Committee on ATS
The ATS Standing Committee was established as part of the re-organisation of SCAR and was intended to replace many of the functions that GOSEAC (the Group of Specialists on Environmental Affairs and Conservation) had previously provided. The membership was fixed at three (DWH Walton -UK, MC Kennicutt -USA, M Stoddart -Austral) with the assumption that the tasks were principally ones of co-ordination of material prepared by specialists within SCAR for submission to the elements of the ATS. The Chair of the ATS Committee was tasked with providing the presentation of the papers at the ATCM and more general representation of the SCAR community at both the CEP and the ATCM generally, as well as working with the chosen lecturer to ensure the quality and content of the SCAR Lecture. Representation of SCAR at CCAMLR remained with E. Fanta (Brazil), until she was appointed Chair of the CCAMLR Scientific Committee, at which point the SCAR representative became G Hosie (Austral).
With the retirement of DWH Walton after XXIX ATCM in Edinburgh this is an opportune moment to look at the future development of the Committee and how representation of SCAR interests and advice can most effectively be delivered in the future.