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 . . .
The latest edition of the SCAR Newsletter is available to view and download . . .
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“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


Earth's orbit affects the stability of Antarctica's Eastern ice cap

4 February 2014: An international research team led by the High Council for Scientific Research (CSIC in its Spanish acronym) and with the participation of the University of Granada, has found that...

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Antarctic organisations launch fellowships for 2015

4 February 2015: SCAR and COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowships 2015 and CCAMLR Scientific Scholarships 2015 Three leading Antarctic organisations today announce opportunities for early career...

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2015 Muse Prize Open for Nominations

29 January 2015: The “Martha T. Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica” is a US$ 100,000 unrestricted award presented to an individual in the fields of Antarctic science or policy who...

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