The SCAR Scientific Research Programme - Integrated Science to Inform Antarctic and Southern Ocean Conservation (Ant-ICON) will answer fundamental science questions (as identified by the SCAR Horizon Scan) relating to the conservation and management of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. It will focus on high-quality research to drive and inform international decision-making and policy development.
The core membership of the group which planned the programme included 45 members from 16 countries, representing the biological and environmental sciences, physical sciences, earth sciences, humanities and social sciences and other stakeholders. While there is a strong biological focus for much of the proposed research, the SRP will integrate research from multiple disciplines, complement existing SCAR activities and engage with policy bodies to achieve conservation outcomes in Antarctica and protect Antarctic environments and biodiversity.
The SRP will focus on four research themes, broadly covering:
- integrated forecasting of future change;
- environmental sustainability of human activities in Antarctica;
- Antarctic conservation in a global context; and
- socio-ecological approaches to the management and conservation of the Antarctic.