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 . . .
The 2015 SCAR Visiting Professor Scheme is open for applications until 22nd July . . .
The latest edition of the SCAR Newsletter, April 2015, is available to view and download . . .
“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 ...
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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 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


‘Stable’ region of Antarctica is melting

7 July 2015: Radar data from the Cryosat-2 probe show sudden ice loss on the southern Antarctic Peninsula.  The new data reveal that glaciers along the southern Peninsula suddenly surged towards...

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Salty water lurks beneath Antarctica

7 July 2015: Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys are one of the coldest, most inhospitable places on Earth. For decades, scientists have thought that beneath a thin permafrost layer, the valleys were...

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Antarctic researchers ponder challenges posed by increasing sea ice

7 July 2015: Scientists working in Antarctica are feeling the impact of climate change in ways the public might find surprising. Although global warming is causing Arctic ice to melt and glaciers...

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