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The Monaco Assessment - examining how far the conservation of Antarctic and Southern Ocean biodiversity is achieving the targets of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 . . .
“A View Beyond the Horizon: Future Directions in Antarctic Science” - the Horizon Scan identified the most compelling questions for Antarctic research over the next 20 years ...

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

2017

2017 Biogeochemical Processes at Sea Ice Interfaces (BEPSII) Meeting

16 January 2016: The annual meeting of the Biogeochemical Processes at Sea Ice Interfaces (BEPSII) Action Group will be held on 3-5 April 2017 at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla, San Diego, California.  It follows the Gordon...

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2017

International Antarctic permafrost, periglacial processes and soils workshop

16 January 2017: The SCAR Antarctic Permafrost and Soils (ANTPAS) Expert Group is holding its first international workshop on 4-5 October 2017 at Insubria University, Varese, Italy. The workshop will mainly focus on the main SCAR Horizon Scan...

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2017

SOOS Field Projects Database in Beta Test Stage

11 January 2017: For some years, oceanic and polar researchers have been discussing the need for a tool that allows us to share information on field projects, before heading to sea. SOOS (the Southern Ocean Observing System) is coordinating the...

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