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Antarctica & Climate

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The climate, physical and biological properties of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are closely coupled to the global environment by the ocean and the atmosphere.

Ice Sheets & Under the Ice

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International, intensive field programmes aim at understanding the dynamics of Antarctica's ice sheets, ice shelves, glaciers, sea ice and the continent hidden beneath kilometres of ice.

Ecosystems & Biodiversity

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Life scientists strive to understand the evolution and diversity of life in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean to determine how these processes have produced unique Antarctic ecosystems.

The Poles as a Vantage Point

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Antarctica has unique characteristics that make it a highly desirable vantage point for near-Earth, upper atmosphere, solar, astrophysical and astronomical observations.

Observing Systems

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Integrated, multi-disciplinary observations are needed to understand and predict the response of biota to changes in the Southern Ocean and on the Antarctic continent. 

SCAR, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research,

is a body of ICSU, the International Council for Science, and it is charged with the initiation, promotion and co-ordination of scientific research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. SCAR also provides international, independent scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty system and other bodies.

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Recent news

2016

SCAR Bulletins 195 and 196 published

31 August 2016: The latest SCAR Bulletins are now published on the website.  Bulletin 195 contains the SCAR Annual Report to the Antarctic Treaty System, 2015/16.  Bulletin 196 contains the Report of the SCAR Delegation to XXXIX ATCM and...

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2016

New version of the Year of Polar Prediction Implementation Plan released

30 August 2016: The revised version of the Implementation Plan for the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) has just been released through the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The new Implementation Plan (version 2.0) includes a number of...

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2016

Scientists develop interactive game on impact of climate change on the Antarctic Ice Sheet

23 August 2016: Scientists and games developers have joined forces to help communicate the impact of climate change on the Antarctic Ice Sheet. The ice held in the Antarctic Ice Sheet has the potential to cause significant changes in sea level in...

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