The latest edition of the SCAR Newsletter, April 2015, is available to view and download . . .
Applications for the SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship Schemes are open until 3rd June . . .
Nominations are open for the 2015 Martha T. Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica until 13 May on the Muse Prize website . . .
Under construction! The content of this new-look SCAR website will be updated and improved over the coming months. Please bear with us ...
“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 Committe 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


Antarctic Science Sessions at IGC 2016

18 May 2015: Session proposals are invited from interested scientists to populate the broad theme proposed of Arctic and Antarctic Geoscience at the 35th International Geological Congress.  The...

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'Antarctic Roadmap Challenges' first survey extended

12 May 2015: Two community-wide surveys are being conducted to identify the most important technological and logistical requirements to answer the highest priority questions in Antarctic and...

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ISMASS Workshop on the Marine Ice Sheet and Ice Shelf‐Ocean Model Intercomparison Projects

12 May 2015: Ice‐ocean interactions are considered to lie at the basis of current and future ice mass loss of the Antarctic ice sheet. One of the feedback mechanisms that can be generated through...

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