Programme Planning Groups (PPGs) are the means by which Scientific Research Programmes (SRPs) are developed and proposed, through wide consultation with the community. SRPs address major-priority, scientific issues of global or fundamental importance, at the cutting edge of the science, requiring substantial fieldwork and/or observations in the Antarctic. For information on the procedure to establish a new Scientific Research Programme, please see pdf the SRP Guidelines document (156 KB) .
The latest suite of SRPs has been approved is beginning work, and more PPGs will be developed over coming months and years. Details will be posted here as programmes are developed.
Antarctic Geospace and ATmosphere reseArch (AGATA)
AGATA will be a coordinated, worldwide effort to monitor, investigate and better understand the physics of the polar atmosphere and the impact of the Sun-Earth interactions on the polar regions. Taking advantage of existing and planned instrumentation in Antarctica, but also in the Arctic and satellite-based observations, and it will aim for coordinated research efforts and data exchange.