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Antarctica & Climate

Ice sheet breakup

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

MDS ice sheet homeblock

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

Macaroni penguin colony

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

South Pole Telescope with aurora

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

Observing Systems

Observing system

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

2014

Communicating Antarctic Science

19 December 2014: SCAR is always seeking new and innovative ways to communicate Antarctic science to everyone (scientists, managers, the public) with greater impact.  At the SCAR Open Science...

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2014

2014 SCAR Visiting Professor Awards

17 December 2014: SCAR initiated the Visiting Professor Scheme in 2013 to promote partnerships that advance Antarctic research. The scheme financed five Visiting Professor placements...

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2014

WCRP Polar Challenge

10 December 2014: The World Climate Research Program (WCRP) is organizing a Polar Challenge competition, which would reward the first team able to send an autonomous underwater vehicle for a 2000km...

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